Profile for Cristina Fahrbach-Connors

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Girl Talk: I Got Dumped By Two Shrinks

Therapy Boundaries
How much should you know about your psychologist's personal life? Read More »
Explaining Depression
What does it really feel like to suffer from depression? Read More »
Depression Overshare?
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Should Jessica not have told her boyfriend's parents she's depressed? Read More »

The first psychiatrist (“shrink”) I ever saw helped me through a rough time by prescribing me an anti-depressant. I figured I’d be on it short term until I was in a better place. That shrink took my health insurance. I didn’t realize how lucky I was. 

Little did I know that once I relocated and needed to find a new doctor, I’d have a better chance of finding a unicorn with a prescription pad than a decent shrink who’d accept my insurance.  Keep reading »

Dealbreaker: The Guy With Remedial Grooming Skills

Douchebag Alert!
After our date, he told me I needed to lose weight. Read More »
Gross Beauty Rituals
The gross things we do to be beautiful. Read More »
Dating Dealbreaker
I wasn't Jewish enough. Read More »

My fairly new boyfriend Todd was a nice-enough looking guy with some questionable grooming habits. I tried to tell myself that these minor, easily fixable flaws shouldn’t influence how I felt about him.

But instead of gazing into Todd’s eyes, I found myself staring at his nose hair, fixated. Brownish-grey tufts looking like steel wool sprouted from his nostrils. An occasional bit of crust hung from his nose hairs like food caught in a beard.

Nothing says “I love you” like buying your man a nose hair trimmer. In retrospect, I realize that Todd could have gotten (justifiably) offended. But while he “didn’t see what the big deal was,” he reluctantly agreed to try the trimmer out. Todd examined the miniscule blades that didn’t appear sharp enough to cut the nose hairs of a squirrel. He turned on the trimmer and held it to the edge of his nostril as if afraid it would get sucked in too deep and shred his brain. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I Considered Weight Loss Surgery

Body Dysmorphic Disorder
One woman's experience battling this disorder. Read More »
Overcoming E.D.
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A woman explains how she overcame her eating disorder. Read More »
Losing 100lbs
And finding out what the world thinks of fat people. Read More »

It was my worst fear. I recovered from anorexia/bulimia and became morbidly obese. I lost and regained weight in a furious and uncontrollable cycle. I didn’t think I had it in me to try again. 

But I couldn’t ignore how my health was deteriorating. My right knee constantly hurt and buckled, making walking difficult. I had osteoarthritis. While my knee couldn’t be fixed, I could slow down the deterioration and stave off knee surgery.

Enter my thoughts of weight loss surgery. Even if I could lose the weight on my own, it would take well over a year. I read that gastric bypass surgery (“GBS”) patients lost most of their excess weight within 6 months. That’s a no brainer, I decided. Keep reading »

First Time For Everything: Deflowering A 30-Year-Old Virgin

Virginity Regrets
Regretting the way you lost your v-card. Read More »
5 Sex Moves
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Five sex moves women love in bed but can be too afraid to ask for. Read More »
Failure To Squirt
Should you feel bad if you can't squirt? Read More »

I’d never slept with a virgin. On our second date, Jim and I escaped from a hot and overcrowded bar and sat on a bench outside. Fueled by a few pints of Guinness and the urge to confess, Jim admitted to being a 30-year-old virgin. He’d never even had a girlfriend. After a long moment of silence, I asked him, trying to sound as non-intimidating as possible, why that was.

Jim didn’t have a concrete reason. He rattled off details about his life. He was Catholic, but didn’t go to church and definitely wasn’t saving himself. He went to an all-boys high school. He lived at home during college and grad school, though he owned an apartment now. He really didn’t know why. The desire was there; the opportunity just hadn’t presented itself. Keep reading »

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