March 7, 1988 |
One of the least appealing new movie genres could be called the nightmare comedy, films that show a venture in which everything goes wrong. Examples include dating ("After Hours"), home renovation ("The Money Pit") and tourism ("National Lampoon's Summer Vacation"). It may be that this approach is so popular because people like to see their anxieties played out in a humorous way. If so, then the the latest entry in the field has picked the perfect subject. Offhand, I can only think of two activities that make the palms sweat as profusely as "Moving" - going to the dentist and giving a speech before a crowd of strangers.
September 20, 2001 |
It took me several days to play anything but CNN, and going to clubs to watch bands just didn't seem quite right to me. Comfort came from odd sources, though, from hearing the Slits' crooked cover of Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" to the apocalyptic punk-blues of the Stooges, "1969," and even my stepfather playing the Who's "Tommy" in the car the other day. Now's the time to seek comfort and peace where you can, whether it's art,...
May 21, 2013 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I'm a new mom of a pretty fun but challenging 6-month-old boy. I am a naturally decisive person; however, the anxiety I'm feeling over making the "right" decisions or providing him the "right" things has been difficult to cope with. For example, since I've gone back to work, I haven't been able to pump enough milk and I've needed to start supplementing with formula. I intellectually know this is fine and many babies have formula, but for some reason I'm beating myself up over it. Why can't I produce enough milk, why can't I provide what I'm supposed to for him, etc.?
December 24, 1989 |
If the forecasts are right, it will not be a white Christmas in Poland. Warm and windy weather has prevailed all week, with not even a topcoat needed during the short daylight hours. It has been like this since a 10-day frigid spell in mid-November. The respite in fuel bills is very good news for the hard-pressed Poles. At the Sejm (parliament) in Warsaw, the joke is that "God has also joined the coalition" government of Solidarity-backed Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki, which needs every break it can get. If Poland's Christmas is not white, neither is it bright.
October 3, 1989 |
He is not your basic cockeyed optimist. Take, for instance, this cynical observation: "My perception of life," the 6-foot-1 anti-Pollyanna insists, "is 'Go away,' not 'Come in.' Life is not welcoming people. " Ladies and gentlemen, brace yourselves for Charles Grodin, jaded star of stage, screen and, now, with "It Would Be So Nice If You Weren't Here" (William Morrow, $18.95), shelf. That's right, this is Charles Grodin the writer, writing about Charles Grodin the actor/writer/director/producer.
June 24, 2010 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I'm 34 and have bad anxiety issues that I control (barely) with medications. My husband and I planned on waiting to start a family till my anxiety was under control - we would like to have two kids - but I'm starting to suspect that getting my anxiety under control will never really happen. Would it be absolutely indefensible to go ahead with getting pregnant anyway? Answer: You know how you are when your anxiety gets the better of you, and you know how often that happens.
February 7, 2013 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: How do I get comfortable with leaving my baby with sitters - family as well as qualified strangers? I'm OK when she's with my husband; anyone else, and I'm a wreck. This isn't great for my peace of mind, plus I'm sure it's very annoying for the sitters, as I'm calling home every half-hour to make sure she's still breathing. Did I mention she's almost a year old? Ordinarily I don't have an anxiety problem, but I know how un-careful other people are borrowing other people's clothes, for instance; I can't help but assume the same would apply here.
November 1, 2004 |
Can America's super-polarized presidential election be hazardous to your mental health? Not exactly, say mental health experts. But, they say, the American electorate seems especially anxious this time around. And some people who already are clinically depressed might feel more so if their candidate loses. "There is very high feeling, a lot of pain, a lot of worry," said Paul Fink, professor of psychiatry at Temple University and past president of the American Psychiatric Association.
May 14, 2009 |
Alison Krywucki took along her brother yesterday when she went to Best Buy in Plymouth Meeting to buy a 32-inch high-definition television as an anniversary gift for her boyfriend. She may have needed moral support as much as muscle. After all, Krywucki didn't just have to carry the television. Like other American consumers, Krywucki also bears the weight of today's pervasive economic anxiety - a burden that analysts say is still dragging down the U.S. economy despite the "green shoots" of recovery that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said were already evident two months ago. Recovery may well be under way. But every little blip, including yesterday's Commerce Department report that U.S. retail sales had slipped 0.4 percent in April, causes renewed anxiety.
October 3, 2001 |
For two weeks Karen Ross cried. Alicia Perkowski had nightmares. Charlie Hanson still won't fly. Jeanette Perkins is afraid to ride the subway. Three weeks after the worst terrorist attacks on America, the intense emotions brought on by watching planes crash, buildings explode, and people plummet from skyscrapers have subsided. Now a lingering anxiety has settled over many Americans, invading their thoughts even as they return to daily routines. Fear and anger have been replaced by more unsettling emotions: uncertainty and vulnerability.