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Faith, Family, and Future Confusion

Dear Dr. Ryan, I’ve been with my boyfriend for almost one year, we both have gotten serious about each other and have discussed our future together which included marriage and kids. We are both in…

By dryanhooper

January 10, 2018

We Lost Our Zing

Dear Dr. Ryan, Hi, I’ve been married for 7 years, but I do not love my husband the same way that I used to. I mean I like him more than anyone else in the…

By dryanhooper

January 2, 2018

Depressed Relationship

Dear Dr. Ryan, I met a guy a couple months ago and we hit it off right from the word go so we began dating shortly after and it’s been nearly 10 months since. We’ve…

By dryanhooper

August 23, 2017

Depression Cutting In

Dear Dr. Ryan, I’ve never been happy. There have been times in my life when things were good, but there was that feeling of insecurity that something would soon go wrong, and I would become…

By dryanhooper

October 24, 2016

Friend in a Funk

Dear Dr. Ryan, In the past year I’ve seen a noticeable change in my friend Darla’s mood. Darla and I worked together at a coffee shop one summer when I was in between advertising gigs.…

By dryanhooper

July 20, 2016

Do I have a drinking problem?

A hard question. Not always an easy answer to be found. Emotionally, the answer to this question can have many implications. Does this mean I'm an alcoholic? Is there something wrong with me? How do…

By D. Ryan Hooper Ph.D.

November 8, 2013

TherapyShare: Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) is the process of strategically tensing and relaxing your muscle groups one at a time in an effort to slowly relax the whole body. PMR has shown to be effective in…

By D. Ryan Hooper Ph.D.

April 6, 2013

Drone pilots can get PTSD too

Drones (or unmanned aircraft) have truly become the front lines of our current warfare. Although we could certainly discuss the mental health impact on regions of the world where there is a constant fear of…

By D. Ryan Hooper Ph.D.

March 15, 2013

Notes from a Black Male Suicide Survivor

I came across this "personal essay" on Gawker the other day in which @Moore_Darnell shared some his early life suffering related to physical abuse both inside and outside the home as well as struggles with his own…

By D. Ryan Hooper Ph.D.

February 18, 2013