How to protect yourself from harm from “therapists”

“While nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer, nothing is more difficult than to understand him.” — Dostoevsky

A therapist or, more appropriately, a psychotherapist, in this case, is a word we never associate with evil. …

Why there is such urgency to get kids back in school and the pushback this is receiving from families

The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. — Abraham Lincoln

The COVID-19 virus is flourishing at breakneck speed into the small towns and states where they thought they were immune. …

Will a VO weeks before an election make a difference?

Brad Pitt is an actor whose name causes ears to shoot up whenever he’s mentioned anywhere in the world. He is among the pantheon of film stars who can ensure box office dynamite when his name is above the title and, as a result, he can influence many fans.

An app may be opening doors to the high-powered film execs who can reveal talent where it would have languished.

I don’t care who you are. When you sit down to write the first page of your screenplay, in your head, you’re also writing your Oscar acceptance speech. — Nora Ephron

Writing a screenplay and you want to get noticed, get a meeting with someone who really matters in this…

You think you’re having a COVID-19 nose swab, but they see billions in profit potential.

There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed. — Mahatma Gandhi

The COVID-19 virus is overtaking the world (a third surge is evident in the US now) and causing death and economic ruin wherever it is found, but not for all. …

Medications that heal and keep us healthy also can have psychiatric effects, and therein lies a problem.

Medicine is not only a science; it is also an art. It does not consist of compounding pills and plasters; it deals with the very processes of life, which must be understood before they may be guided. — Paracelsus

Humans are prone to illness and disease; there is no…

No one expected the pandemic, and no one expected the price all of us would pay for it, but now we have proof of how bad it has been.

Stress is the thief in the night and day that can slowly ruin our health and steal our lives if we allow it to do so. Often, we are unaware of its damaging influence, and therein lies its potency. …

Being elderly does not mean being seriously mentally impaired or uneducated, yet that bias exists and isn’t readily recognized in medicine.

No one wants to be spoken to as though they are children, unable to understand and to have conversations directed to others, not to them. …

The murder of a young woman, Kitty Genovese, led to speculations and research about helping those in danger. Today, we still question whether it is a valid measure of human behavior and what contributes to inaction.

On a quiet evening in a working-class New York City neighborhood that was believed…

The ideas for stories or articles come at you like falling rain, but it’s what you do with them and how you organize them that counts in the long run. Want help finding where to publish? Read all the way to the end.

Ideas for writing are all around us, and most of us try to capture them on bits of paper, table napkins, small notebooks, or digital tape recorders. All of that is fine, but when you’re back in your writing space, what do you do with all those gems? …

Dr. Patricia Farrell

Dr. Farrell is a psychologist, WebMD consultant, SAG/AFTRA member, author, interested in film, writing & health. Website:

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