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Are you normal?

Metro’s resident psychotherapist, Jonathan Alpert, is back with another round of answers to your questions.

My husband sleeps all day. Is that normal?

It’s normal only if he works the night shift; otherwise sleeping all day could be a sign of a problem — emotionally or physically. He should discuss it with his doctor. Sleeping all day can also be a side effect of depression, in which case he should seek help as well.

I feel sad all the time. Is that normal?

No, it’s not normal. Sadness is a normal emotion; however, it’s not so normal when it is how you feel “all the time.” Seek help and try to identify the cause of the sadness. Figure out what’s missing in your life and what troubles you. Most importantly, work with someone to figure out what would make you more content in life.

I worry incessantly about body odor and bad breath. Is this normal?

To “worry incessantly” isn’t normal. To be concerned about such health issues is. Could there be a reason to devote more concern to this issue than one should? Perhaps someone once pointed out that your odor was offensive and that comment stung. The remedy to such fears and concerns is to take action. See a dentist if you’re truly concerned about bad breath, and take measures to ensure that you smell fresh:?Use the right deodorant and soap, and practice good hygiene.



– Jonathan Alpert is a licensed psychotherapist. E-mail him your questions at jonathan@jonathanalpert.com

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