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Mona Ackerman

Entries by Mona Ackerman

Ask Dr. Mona: An Epistle For The Emotionally Perplexed

(5) Comments | Posted April 16, 2009 | 10:17 AM

Q: My husband and my best friend are both angry at me. They both tell me how destructive and terrible my relationship is with the other. I feel like they are, in effect, asking me to choose between them.

My best friend Tracey and I have known each other...

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How To Fix A Financial Freak-Out

(8) Comments | Posted March 26, 2009 | 9:19 AM

Q: I am really fuming at the moment. Let me tell you what happened.

I live in an affluent rural area and my husband and I work very hard to support our five children aged 4, 9, 11, 14 and 15. They are all good students and they...

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Coping With Loss

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2009 | 12:24 PM

Q: I don't really know what my question is, but I do know that I am really hurting. I am almost sure that you will say this is very legitimate pain and that I will soon get over it, and then learn to live with it. In the meantime, though,...

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On Dreams and Dominance

(8) Comments | Posted March 12, 2009 | 10:25 AM

Q: Last week someone asked you about a recurring dream that was troubling them. I wasn't sure that it was an appropriate question. I thought you would only answer questions about problems that we needed help with. But one person did it and I loved reading the interpretation. So, here...

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Dream Analysis: Trapped On The Road To Retirement

(2) Comments | Posted March 5, 2009 | 10:13 AM

Q: Do you do dream analysis? I heard the greatest dream on television yesterday from an aging rock star. He said he's had the dream repeatedly over the last year and is quite plagued by it. He doesn't know what it means and seemed to be looking for some kind...

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When Is An Affair An Addiction?

(2) Comments | Posted February 26, 2009 | 7:04 AM

Q: I have just discovered that my husband is having an affair with his secretary. Actually, she let it slip, so to speak. I called her to ask about my husband's next business trip and she indicated that "THEY" would be at a Miami Beach hotel for the week. I...

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Nadya Suleman, Octuplets' Mom: Is Her Quest For Kids A Compulsion?

(24) Comments | Posted February 5, 2009 | 7:58 AM

Q: I can't stop thinking about the woman who now has fourteen children. In fact, you could say that I am obsessed about the woman who is obsessed. I just don't get it.

I have five children, 2, 4, 5, 7 and 10, and I am busy from morning until...

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Chat Room Challenges: When Teenagers Go Exploring...Online

(7) Comments | Posted January 29, 2009 | 8:08 AM

Q: My husband says that I am exaggerating. He feels that the more I worry about our eleven year old daughter, Molly, the more she distances herself from us. He also says that like a self-fulfilling prophecy, if I continue to openly worry about her friends, she will in defiance...

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Taking Responsibility For Yourself (And Your Country)

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2009 | 8:35 AM

Q: I feel like I am right in the moment. There is a new president. We are all feeling change in the air. We are all hoping that Obama will bring us the peace that we want. We are all hoping that he has the smarts to improve the financial...

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Dealing With The Death Of A Child

(15) Comments | Posted January 8, 2009 | 8:20 AM

Q: I feel bad asking about this, but I have to. It's about the death of Jett Travolta. I have three children of my own, so I relate strongly to the pain the Travoltas must feel. I cannot even imagine what they're going through. I don't know how I could...

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Compassion In Times Of Financial Crisis

(12) Comments | Posted December 25, 2008 | 7:04 AM

Q: This economy is really creating all kinds of problems. I hear people complaining about their reduced lifestyles and panicking about mounting bills. We all know that we're undergoing a recession and that means that many people have to revise their goals and what they can expect from life -even...

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The Psychology Behind Bernie Madoff

(20) Comments | Posted December 18, 2008 | 7:39 AM

Q: I don't understand the Bernie Madoff situation? I know it has been written about and discussed, but I don't understand how a person can do such a thing. Wasn't he living amongst the people that he screwed? Wasn't he involved with charity himself? Why would he threaten so many...

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One Child's Cry For Attention

(9) Comments | Posted December 11, 2008 | 8:02 AM

Q: I am having a real problem with my son, Todd. He is fifteen years old and seems to be incredibly angry at the whole family, but at me in particular. He is sullen and distant. He seems always to be on the verge of violence. This is my boy....

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How To Survive Your Family's Thanksgiving

(13) Comments | Posted November 27, 2008 | 7:24 AM

Q: I so dread Thanksgiving and the requisite get together with a supposedly close family. I really don't want to go. I am considering all kinds of excuses, including the economy, to free me and my family from making the trip. I know that by the time you read...

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Sleeping With The Enemy: What To Do If The Election Ruined Your Relationship

(20) Comments | Posted November 20, 2008 | 9:00 AM

Q: I feel like I am a casualty of the election. Barack Obama may have yet another war or disaster to solve. My husband and I have been arguing since November 4th and we are almost incapable of speaking at the moment.

We have been married for thirty-five...

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Advice For A Liberated Woman

(3) Comments | Posted November 13, 2008 | 11:25 AM

Q: I have a question. It's not about something that has happened, but rather about something that I wish could happen. I want to pay a man to have sex with me.

I read in the paper about a popular French movie whose main character is a dynamic...

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When The Fear Of Transition Leaves You Frozen

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2008 | 12:27 PM

Q: I am going through a real puzzling period. I am not sure what is actually happening to me. I feel frozen.

I am a healthy, single 64 year old award-winning composer. My life has been an interesting one and for the most part quite lucky. I have...

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Retirement And The Difficulties Of Transition

(5) Comments | Posted October 23, 2008 | 9:42 AM

Q: My husband, Mark, is having some real issues.

Mark is an extremely successful and high-powered executive. He started as a clerk and ended up as the president of a fairly large public company. He was always a great gambler and consequently the company benefited from the many risks...

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Relationships: Fighting For Control

(3) Comments | Posted October 9, 2008 | 9:10 AM

Q: So last night, my lover got angry at me because I would not finish my dinner. Actually I wasn't very hungry. I told him that even if I tried I could not eat even another bit. I know he worries about me, but I also don't like it when...

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On Knowing When To Trust Again

(3) Comments | Posted October 2, 2008 | 9:54 AM

Q: I am 62. I am engaged to a man who has been in my life for 32 years. I have been waiting for this moment for 32 years. We have weathered a lot, we are talking through things now, and we have entered into a life with happy...

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