Amy Dickenson, advice columnist for Ask Amy

Amy Dickinson

Seven days a week, letter after letter, Amy Dickinson applies an objective eye to reader problems large and small in "ASK AMY: Advice for the real world."

Dickinson succeeds the legendary Ann Landers (Eppie Lederer) as the Chicago Tribune's signature advice columnist. Chicago Tribune editor Gerould Kern said: “Amy understands the personal issues affecting millions of people in their everyday lives and offers grounded advice for healthy, lasting relationships. She’s also a terrific storyteller.” As an advice columnist, Amy uses her talents as a journalist and her personal experiences to answer each question with the care and attention she would devote to her closest friends. Her advice is rooted in honesty and trust, traits she applies to her writing and her life.

Before joining the Chicago Tribune, Dickinson (a distant relative of the poet Emily Dickinson) penned a column on family issues for TIME magazine and had been regularly featured on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." A weekly column, carried on AOL's News Channels, frequently drew from her experience as a single parent and member of a large, extended family. In addition, she has appeared as a social commentator on CBS' "Sunday Morning."

Dickinson, who grew up on a small dairy farm in New York, currently lives in Chicago with her teenage daughter. A graduate of Georgetown University, Dickinson also has worked as a producer for NBC News and as a freelance writer for publications such as The Washington Post, Esquire and O magazine.

Amy Dickinson Samples

Son camps on floor while visiting dad

DEAR AMY: My sister is recently divorced. Each of the three boys has his own bedroom.

Woman wonders about dating disclosure

DEAR AMY: I am a bisexual woman. I am out of the closet to only a few of my closest friends because it's all still very new to me, and it's a personal topic.

Parental breakup takes a toll on adult daughter

DEAR AMY: I'm a young woman in my 20s. A few weeks ago I found out that my father has been unfaithful, and that he and my mother are separating.

Woman worries as nephew becomes niece

DEAR AMY: I'm a wife and mom of five sons under the age of 8. My nephew is in his 20s.

Dinners on the deck are a free-for-all

DEAR AMY: We have dinners on our deck and serve the meal buffet-style. I am frustrated because guests don't wait for me to join them, but are halfway done with their meal before I even sit down!

Baby-sitting grandma puts freedom over safety

DEAR AMY: I have a concern about how my mother-in-law baby-sits my toddler son. She is a very free-spirited woman who believes that my son should have a lot of freedom.

Stay mentally active to keep thinking skills sharp

Here's another reason to keep straining your brain as you age: a study published June 23, 2014, in JAMA Neurology has once again confirmed the "use it or lose it" theory, which holds that staying mentally active by reading books, participating in ...

Fall vaccination roundup

Consider protection against the flu, shingles, pneumonia, and tetanus. Now that autumn is coming, it's time to prepare for your annual flu shot. Even if you got a flu shot last year, you'll need one again for this year's season.

Do older adults need colorectal cancer screenings?

Some people may need the screening well into their 80s. Keeping your gut healthy as you get older takes more than exercising and eating the right diet.

A word about dietary supplements

Whether you choose to take the supplement form of resveratrol or anything else, keep in mind that the FDA does not approve dietary supplements the way it approves medications.

Can drinking wine really promote longevity?

Recent evidence shows the antioxidant resveratrol in wine does not offer a health boost. Resveratrol has been touted as a longevity promoter—a natural way to slow aging and fight cancer, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

Can you avoid carpal tunnel syndrome?

Physical therapy, splinting, and corticosteroid injections may relieve symptoms temporarily. You may suspect that you have carpal tunnel syndrome if you experience numbness, tingling, and weakness in your hand.

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