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Every Tuesday, Dr. Michelle K. Murray, CEO of Nexus Family Healing, answers a question about family relations or mental health from one of our readers. Submit Your Question.

 

Writing New Year Resolutions

I Am Trying to Get Excited about New Goals

It's the new year, I'm trying to get excited about new goals, but 2020 has left me worn out. How do I get out of this slump and move on? 
Friends video chatting

I Think My Best Friends Are Depressed

My best friends are kind of sad and I think one of them is depressed. A lot of it has to do with the coronavirus and how our lives have changed. I don't know what to do. I want to help and have promised them that I will. I thought about doing a therapy group where all of us would open-up and talk. But I don't know how, or what to do if they start crying or feeling worse, or if the advice we give each other is ok. By the way we are 15 years old.
Man looking at picture

I Feel Responsible for My Brother's Suicide

I lost my brother to suicide in October 2019 and it’s been so hard. I feel like I caused his suicide and failed to save him. I’m not sleeping, I don’t have any energy and I’m starting to have thoughts of suicide myself. Where do I go from here?
Disagreement

My Husband Is Unwilling to Talk to Me about An Important Issue

How do I get through to my husband without everything ending up in a fight, or ugly words being exchanged? Is this issue indicative of a bigger problem in our relationship?
holiday

Deciding to Visit Family Over the Holidays

I want to spend the holidays with my family, and I want my children to participate in my family traditions, but I am very nervous about COVID. Any advice about how to think through this situation?
Loneliness

I Am Questioning My Own Importance

I’m starting to question my importance. I feel like I’ve lived my life without love and nobody, not even my family, sees me as an important being. How do I deal with this?
Stubborn Child

My Child Cannot Handle Being Wrong

Our 12-year-old son has a hard time admitting his mistakes and if we try to point things out to him, it can sometimes lead to a meltdown. He has been like this since he was very young. He also struggles with not apologizing when he does do something wrong. Should we be worried about this or is there something we should do?
Mother helping son with school

My Son Is Struggling with Online School

My son is in the 5th grade and I am really starting to worry about his school performance. Since online learning started, I’ve noticed he repeatedly misinterprets directions and isn’t passing his tests or completing assignments correctly.
Family discussions at the dinner table

Political Discussions with Your Family

My family is split when it comes to political views. With the holidays coming up, how do we have these discussions without ending up in a fight?
Depressed man holding his head in his hands

I Think I Am Depressed

Clinical depression is chronic and happens frequently, over a long period of time. Dr. Michelle K. Murray provides resources that will help provide you the support that you need.