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Dear Therapist: The Pandemic Has Changed My Relationship With My Therapist

I don’t want to burden him with my feelings when he’s going through the exact same thing.

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The Endangered Art of Letter-Writing

“There’s nothing nicer than opening the mailbox and seeing something friendly, something that’s not a bill.”

All the Things We Have to Mourn Now

Six experts explain how to recognize the many new faces of grief during a pandemic.

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How Quickly an Unfounded Fear Can Become Reasonable Caution

My grandfather spent his whole adult life separated from his parents. The fear I inherited of being cut off from my own family feels validated by the pandemic.

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Friends Are Breaking Up Over Social Distancing

When one friend takes prevention guidelines more seriously than the other, suspicion, fear, and shame can drive them apart.

Dear Therapist: My Husband Thinks Social-Distancing Measures Are Too Extreme

He’s being way too lax about things, and whenever we try to talk about it, we have a fight.

What to Ask Instead of ‘How Are You?’ During a Pandemic

Everyone’s doing badly. We need better questions to ask.

Notes From a Videochat Memorial

Will these Zoom funerals be anything more than empty containers for unshed tears?

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Two Errors Our Minds Make When Trying to Grasp the Pandemic

Disappointment and uncertainty are inevitable. But we don’t have to turn them into suffering.

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The New White Lies of Lockdown

Spotty Wi-Fi, an upcoming meal, another Zoom happy hour—people are coming up with new excuses for ending social interactions.

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On Top of Everything Else, My Dog Died

Mourning a pet when so many humans are dying might feel unseemly, but loss is loss, and it’s okay to feel it.

Dear Therapist: I’m Growing Exhausted Dealing With My Sister’s Anxiety

How can I balance her need for support with my own need for boundaries?

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What It’s Like to Live Next Door to Your Best Friend Right Now

“We don’t have this superficial friendship where I’m only best friends with you when things are funny and happy … I’m also here for all the transitions and all the rough patches.”

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Is It Ethically Okay to Get Food Delivered Right Now?

A guide to this and other pandemic food dilemmas

Unanswered text messages pile up on top of one another, saying things like "Been way too long!!!!" and "Heyy, what's up!?"

The Boomerang Exes of Quarantine

Sometimes social distance can lead to unexpected contact.

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I Can’t Stop Thinking About Patient One

Italy shows us that controlling the pandemic will require reshaping family life in much of the world.

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The Quiet Revolution of Animal Crossing

In the midst of a pandemic, it’s delightful to imagine doing whatever you like without worrying about making a living.

What Happened to American Childhood?

Too many kids show worrying signs of fragility from a very young age. Here’s what we can do about it.

Dear Therapist: I’m Losing Patience With My Boyfriend in Quarantine

I used to daydream about spending more time with him, but now his habits are starting to get on my nerves.  

I Got a Pandemic Puppy, and You Can Too

Seriously, share this with the person you need to persuade.