Archive for May, 2012

What does my dream mean?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, May 13th, 2012
Two weeks ago I had this dream: I woke up in a trailer, went out and yelled at my boyfriend's friend in the yard (they were being loud). I saw John Cena, followed him, and came to a huge nest of killer bees; he was ...

[Video] Is My Eating Disorder Serious?

By Julie Hanks, LCSW on Sunday, May 13th, 2012
Q: Hello. About four months ago I diagnosed myself with possible anorexia. I skip about 2 meals a day but I eat try to eat a full meal for dinner. I exercise for at least an hour daily. I am 16, my height is 5 ...

[Video] Talk Of Parents’ Divorce Causing Depression

By Julie Hanks, LCSW on Saturday, May 12th, 2012
Q: My life was fine until I was in seventh grade, my parents were alright and I had amazing friends, until one night my parents told me and my siblings that my mom was thinking about divorce and how they were constantly fighting that single ...

Is Schizophrenia Inheritable?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, May 12th, 2012
I really need some advice. My fiancé and I are having a problem. His mom has come to visit us and she's just not right. He warned me before that his mom has bipolar but didn't go into detail. For the first few days while here ...

[Video] How Often Should I Meet With My Psychiatrist?

By Julie Hanks, LCSW on Friday, May 11th, 2012
Q: I have been seeing my therapist for almost 2 years, and I just had my first psychiatrist appointment 2 weeks ago (per my therapist's referral). The psychiatrist wants me to come back every month, but I would much rather see my therapist more often. ...

Is It a Panic Attack?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Friday, May 11th, 2012
As of the last two months, i have been having what I'd like to believe are panic attacks, but I'm not really certain on that. Mainly because when they do occur there is no irrational fear of impending doom. My heart beat gets very ...

Is My Brother Really Schizophrenic?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, May 10th, 2012
i have a question about my brother. hes been on concerta since he was about 9 for adhd and for the past 5 years hes been on and off of it. recently he went back on it, 56mg once a day. he was taking ...

[Video] Mentally Ill Sister Won’t Seek Psychiatric Help

By Julie Hanks, LCSW on Thursday, May 10th, 2012
Q: Hello, six years ago my sister started having aches and pains everywhere. She spends her time running around to hospitals for physical diagnoses. They will not treat her because she has been examined physically and tested millions of times. She is physically fine confirmed ...

Cheating Father

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
I’m sixteen and have a 13 year old brother and nine year old sister. I discovered text messages on my dad's phone implying he’s cheating on my mother. My parents are pastors, and have an important place of ministry in the country. Hundreds of people ...

Depressed and Without Hope

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
Okay so this is kind of a big deal and I need advice. I struggle every day with depression and a lot of suicidal thoughts an the onlY reason I havent done anything is because I care about my family too much to leave. I've ...

[Video] Feelings Of Complete Emptiness

By Julie Hanks, LCSW on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
Q: I do not . . . feel anymore. My lack of empathy has reached its highest peak. I do not feel the need to socialize with anyone at all. As self - destructive as it may seem a complete and constant escape from reality ...

Driftless Soon-to-be Graduate Needs Help

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
I've always been kinda socially awkward but in the last 4 years it has become a pretty extreme phobia. And in just the last 2 years alone I've gained almost 60 pounds due to stress that causes me to eat to much (I was really ...