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Ask the Doc | Dad is worried that he may lose his job!

Published:Monday | March 20, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Q: My father's company is laying off people. He is worrying that next month it will be him. Mom is tired of encouraging him. How can we help him?

A: Remind your dad that it will be important to plan, and it is never too late start planning. Help him to look at his present skills and recommend ways in which he can develop himself. Pray with and for him as a separation from his current job may be a blessing.

Q: I am very tired each day. A soon as I get home from college, I am falling asleep, sometimes without eating. How can I stop this?

A: Please visit the doctor as soon as possible to rule out any illness that you may have. Plan your meals and ensure that you are eating properly.

Q: My mother is overbearing. She is telling everyone that I want to be a doctor when I want to be a musician. How do I stop her from saying those things?

A: Tell your mother that you want to speak with her privately. When you are alone with her, tell her what your plans are. Explain the reason for your choices.

- Orlean Brown-Earle, PhD, is a child psychologist and family therapist.

Dr Brown-Earle works with children with learning and behavioural problems throughout the island and in the Caribbean. Email questions to or send to 'Ask the Doc', c/o The Gleaner Company, 7 North Street, Kingston. Responses to concerns are to be considered as general, as cases shared with psychologists privately would be queried more deeply. Pray always!