Latest from Steven Petrow

Words describing mental health can stigmatize. That’s painful and dehumanizing.

People aren’t their illness. Don’t call someone “a schizophrenic,” for example, experts say. Instead say, “a person with schizophrenia.”
  • Sep 11, 2021

Covid has brought death and grief. But grief can keep lost loved ones alive in our hearts.

I’ve allowed myself to feel the pain of loss and I’ve come to learn that bereavement isn’t something to fear. If anything, it’s to be embraced.
  • Jul 25, 2021

I used to be a normal urinator. Then I reached my 50s.

Let’s be clear: As an aging man, you never know when a potential leak lurks.
  • Jul 3, 2021

Some folks decide not to take their medications. I was one of them. Big mistake.

I learned the hard way it’s not smart of play doctor by deciding you don’t need your prescription drugs.
  • Jun 12, 2021

What death row looks like when you’re on it

We’ve heard stories about how people earned death sentences. Now here are stories about how they came to that moment.
  • Jun 11, 2021

With the pandemic receding, you shouldn’t rush to move beyond your experiences of the past year

Looking back on personal hard times can be painful, but it will help us to “know better, do better.”
  • May 30, 2021

I’m vaccinated, but I’m really not ready to leave my pandemic cocoon

Nearly half of all Americans are worried about being with people again, too.
  • Apr 10, 2021

How you will be remembered depends on how you live today. So, too, does your happiness as you get older.

It’s not easy to move away from my résumé virtues after decades of focusing on a career. But every day presents a new opportunity to do better, one small step at a time.
  • Mar 7, 2021

On dating apps, ‘covid vaccinated’ and ‘fully vaccinated’ are popping up in profile names. Does that mean it’s okay to be intimate?

Experts say it’s still important to learn the full picture of an individual’s “covid-19 practices,” including masking, social distancing and other ways that they socialize.
  • Feb 13, 2021

What’s known as ‘mental reframing’ can help us with all kinds of physical and psychological challenges

It helped me through some wintertime angst. And the method can be applied to not only bad weather but also how we experience illnesses and other daily challenges.
  • Jan 23, 2021