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Mary Jo Podgurski

Q.My teen won’t sleep, which is ironic because as a baby and toddler he was such a good sleeper my friends were jealous! I’d put him down in the crib, say goodnight, and he’d sleep. Easy-peasy. Now he’s 14 and he’s up all night. I’ve taken his phone, his tablet and his computer each night at…

Mary Jo Podgurski

Q.I’m a college senior. I know my roommate plagiarized on a paper that’s 40 percent of our grade. She submitted her older brother’s paper in its entirety. He aced this class five years ago. I was certain the professor would notice but he’s in and out of class due to health issues and the TA …

Mary Jo Podgurski

Q.This is gonna sound weird. Is there such a thing as stress when things are going well? Like, my life is good. School’s good, grades are good, I’m playing sports I love, I have good friends, I’m getting ready to take the SATs and look at colleges. My family’s a little strange but pretty fun…

Q. I’m so stressed some days I feel like I’m going to explode. Is there any way I can be less anxious? It seems to be getting worse. By the way, I can’t go to counseling -my mom says I need to just deal with it until it passes, and my dad says life sucks, so I need to get used to it. Thanks.

Mary Jo Podgurski

Q: You taught me sex ed in high school, but I doubt you’ll remember me. My mother died when I was young and you reached out to me, even though I acted tough and said I didn’t need anyone. When I graduated you told me I could keep in touch. Here I am, 15 years later, seeking help. My mom died…

Mary Jo Podgurski

Q.I’m stressed, but I pretend I’m not. I want my parents and teachers to think I’ve got everything under control, but I lie awake at night, and my mind is a mess. I stare at the ceiling. I think about what I need to do over and over. I become obsessed with my school assignments. That doesn’t…

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