“Ashes to ashes: we all fall down”: a year of mourning

This piece is about feelings of loss following suicide. It is not at all graphic. For support around issues of suicide, call 800 273 8255 (National Suicide Prevention)

It is November again.

It is the time for leaves to surrender their sturdy colors, to cling to their branches, but then succumb to gravity, and…

An old tree tells the story of the promise, the heartbreak, and strength of a lost marriage.

Nothing stays, or stays the same.

A tree dwarfs two exuberant travelers wearing celebration clothes. They are surrounded by dances of love and joy.

Promises are made.

The oak is majestic — like it had no beginning, and certainly no end. Its expanse is breathtaking. Its branches are sturdy and long. …

It’s not just divorce that hurts kids. Infidelity brings a whole world of pain.

Let me get this out on the table.

First, as a clinical psychologist, I helped a number of couples negotiate the decision and the process of ending a marriage. I worked with the children to try to help them find ways to dealing with one of the major punches in the gut of growing up. …

Another doc bites the dust

I’ve been on a streak of bad health. As a result, I have had contact with a number of physicians and nurses who were complementing my internist in the management of my illness. For the most part, they have been quite competent and caring. Except some were lacking when told…

Making it through the maze without losing your mind: A Practical Guide.

We struggle to manage depression and anxiety, deal with traumatic experiences and understand our self destructive impulses and actions. We long to improve the quality of our relationships and reach for lives that are more challenging and satisfying. The first session of psychotherapy is the ultimate blind date, with much…

Martha Manning, Ph.D.

Martha Manning, Ph.D is a writer and clinical psychologist, loves the marriage of darkness and humor. Depression sufferer. Mother. Growing older without grace,

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