Pets can tie us down and more

Pets can tie us down

At this time of year the true cost of pets is obvious. The Australian, December 12, 2017 Ruth Ostrow In the early 2000s I had a fantastic idea. All my life I had loved animals. I’d grown up with pets and finally, having settled in Byron Bay with my then husband and little girl and a big […]


Adult separation anxiety disorder: fear of letting go

Adult separation anxiety disorder affects roughly 7 per cent of adults. The Australian December 2, 2016 13 comments Ruth Ostrow I was chatting to a psychiatrist recently about one of her cases, “Jenny”, who’s in a destructive relationship but is unable to leave. Or, rather, she leaves and gets ill with symptoms ranging from mental anguish to […]


Dealing with grief is never easy

  The Australian, November 28, 2016  Ruth Ostrow Many years ago I had an unusual experience. I was singing in a gospel choir and one of the men in the group had lost a child at some point before I joined. Nobody confronted the issue so we just left him be and skirted around the grief as […]


Depression may help you shed your shell

Feeling blue? Make like a rock lobster and shed your shell Rabbi Abraham Joshua Twerski. The Australian November 23, 2016 Ruth Ostrow @ostrowruth There’s a video on YouTube you simply must see. Abraham Joshua Twerski is a US rabbi and a psychiatrist specialising in substance abuse. He says the lecture he gives that people most […]


Trump Brexit shows contempt on the rise

For a relationship to survive, replace contempt with empathy. The Australian, November 18, 2016, Ruth Ostrow @ostrowruth WITH 50 (angry) comments Donald Trump does it a lot: eye-rolling; an upper lip raised on one side; sarcastic, condescending or belittling tone of voice, arrogant head movements. These are indicators of the emotion known as contempt. And it’s the […]


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