Disability!

Dear Annie: Please tell “Ready to Die” that she can get disability payments because she has a mental health disorder. The problem is that people tell the disability examiners how badly they feel. But that is not the examiner’s job to assess. They want to know how dysfunctional your daily life is. I am writingContinue reading “Disability!”

Say what?!

Dear Amy: Before the pandemic, I met a wonderful woman and fell in love. The catch? She was from New Zealand and had to return home in November 2019. She and I made arrangements for me to move there. Then the pandemic hit and created unending border closures. My flight was canceled by the airline.Continue reading “Say what?!”

Lisa! Geez, girl friend.

Dear Annie: I am a 76-year-old woman who is still not over her teenage friendship troubles. I should preface this entry by stating that I am by no means stuck in the past. This instance simply comes to mind whenever I face shortcomings in life. I’ll now set the scene: It was early September ofContinue reading “Lisa! Geez, girl friend.”

Annie Lane’s easy answers and ambiguous behavior!

Dear Annie: I am an 18-year-old girl living very far from you, but I recently read one of your columns and thought you might be able to help me. I am doing really well in my academics and was just accepted by one of the best engineering institutions in our country. Everyone around me isContinue reading “Annie Lane’s easy answers and ambiguous behavior!”

Whoops! Forgot to title this one!

TRIGGER WARNING: DISCUSSION OF BEING SUICIDAL, BUT IN THE DISTANT PAST. EVERYTHING’S FINE! Dear Amy: Last year, one of my sister’s children came out to me as trans. “S” asked to stay with me because of the trauma of being around their mostly conservative and media-illiterate family. S has been living with my husband andContinue reading “Whoops! Forgot to title this one!”

Blah, blah, blah, blah. Therapy.

Dear Annie: I have been technically single all my life. I did have a casual long-term relationship with a man that lasted for 12 years. We were never exclusive. We would have never worked exclusively, and we both knew that. That relationship ended badly. An unplanned pregnancy resulted in a painful miscarriage that required surgery.Continue reading “Blah, blah, blah, blah. Therapy.”

The whole gamut of emotions!

DEAR ABBY: I recently backed out of an adoption. I feel terrible about it. How can I mentally and emotionally get over this? My baby girl is 4 months old now, and my guilt is getting worse. I backed out three days before she was born. The couple I had chosen turned out to beContinue reading “The whole gamut of emotions!”

Huh. Interesting issues.

Dear Amy: I’m a man in my late-50s. I’m currently dating — or trying to date. It’s clear to me now that I’ll never know women, so please explain what just happened here: I met a woman on a dating app, and we had one of those perfect first dates — lots of laughs, lotsContinue reading “Huh. Interesting issues.”

Fun times with advice commentary today!

Dear Annie: I’ve been married to a man for 17 years. But not long after the marriage, he stopped being a husband. At first, we would talk, laugh and have fun. We would do things together, go places and, most of all, we would make love all the time. It’s been 10 years since weContinue reading “Fun times with advice commentary today!”

Obvious advice and guilt trips!

TRIGGER WARNING: SUICIDE (in the context of an advice column) Dear Annie: I am a 43-year-old woman who has had severe treatment for resistant bipolar depression, with psychotic features, my whole life. At 10, I tried to hang myself. At 16, I attempted suicide with pills and alcohol, and again at 25. I am anContinue reading “Obvious advice and guilt trips!”

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