Mel Schwartz, LCSW

Diagnosis Disorder

I would like to propose a new disorder for the American Psychiatric Association to consider in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: that… Continue reading Diagnosis Disorder

Making New Year’s Resolutions Succeed

Year after year, we make New Year’s resolutions that over time wither and fade into failed attempts to transform some aspect of our lives. The… Continue reading Making New Year’s Resolutions Succeed

When Doing the Best You Can Becomes a Compulsion

Is it always a good idea to do the best you can do? This question came up recently in a therapy session and catalyzed me… Continue reading When Doing the Best You Can Becomes a Compulsion

Turning Crisis into Opportunity

Crises come into our lives, no matter how we may try to avoid them. They are troubling, unwanted experiences or events that take us out… Continue reading Turning Crisis into Opportunity

Collapsing The Wave: Creating New Realities

Some of the remarkable discoveries from quantum physics can be adapted to help us break free from the groove of our past and unleash real… Continue reading Collapsing The Wave: Creating New Realities

Stuck in a Groove

For those of us old enough to remember vinyl records, we might recall that when there was a scratch on the album, the needle would… Continue reading Stuck in a Groove

The Paradox of Confidence

As with many goals that we struggle to attain, we tend to go after them in a way that blocks our success. Quite often I… Continue reading The Paradox of Confidence

Coming into Balance

A few summers ago I broke my foot, the fracture occurring as I missed a step on my front porch. The break occurred on the… Continue reading Coming into Balance

Who Am I?

This question — asked so often — suggests that there is actually a plausible answer. Almost as if our identity were a fixed thing. People… Continue reading Who Am I?

Breakthrough or Breakdown?

Breakthrough or Breakdown? With rare exceptions, we seem to struggle in our desire to breakthrough. Yet, exactly what are we trying to breakthrough? Typically, it’s… Continue reading Breakthrough or Breakdown?