Archives for February, 2013

No Time to be Anxious

I have only worked with counselors in training so I haven’t been officially diagnosed, but they hinted strongly that I have social anxiety and OCD. I am a pharmacy student so I really don’t have time to keep dealing with it, but I don’t feel like I’m making any progress in therapy and as more and more time gets spent washing my hands (I was almost to 350 times yesterday) and writing and re-writing...
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Feeling Alone in My Relationship

I need help with my boyfriend. I feel like he is putting any effort into our relationship anymore. All I ask is to be surprised sometimes with flowers or anything and he promised he would and still hasn’t happened. On Valentines Day I got a card that I was there when he bought, went out for a meal that I knew about and all I asked was to think of a surprise for after....
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How to Tell My Mom I Need Help?

I’m 17, almost 18. I believe I may have some form of Schizophrenia, anxiety, and I’m almost positive I am a pathological liar and bipolar. My mother is Bipolar and I see a free counselor from the state. I want to get a real therapist and a psych evaluation. How do I go about this with my mom? I know she’s just going to tell me I’m wrong and I’m fine. I would go...
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Confusion Keeps Me from Honesty

I am 25 years old. I grew up in an alcoholic/addict home where neglect and abuse were the norm. I have struggled with major social anxiety my whole life and have been unable to really ever feel fully connected to anyone… there seems to always be a detached feeling, even with my long term boyfriend. I only recently sought out therapy. I would normally avoid it, however, I got to a point where I...
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Is Hypnotherapy Useful?

Though I’ve been married for 32 years and have two grown children, I am terrified of sex. Four years ago I finally confessed to my husband about these feelings and started seeing a psychotherapist who is certain that I was sexually abused as a child and have repressed these memories. I have a variety of symptoms: I dissociate. Sometimes these moments are mild and fleeting, and on at least two occasions they were terrifying....
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Will I Ever Have a Normal Life?

I am writing cause I want to understand what is wrong with me and if I will ever have a normal life. About 20 years ago wheb I was 18 and after I had moved out of my mothers house, I had gone back to visit to make my father happy. I had gone into my bedroom from when I was a little girl to look for something and I had a funny feeling...
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Sexually Harrassed at School

I was sexually harassed everyday in class for a year when I was 13. This guy used to say things, which i could ignore, but he also used to grope and grab my chest and butt and he used to try to stick his hand between my legs. I had a hard time with that. He did it no matter what i did or said. I was afraid to tell anyone though. I didn’t...
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Can’t Shake Melancholic Mood

Please help. I think I’m heading for a complete breakdown. Every aspect of my life is in turmoil. Firstly, I am a complete failure. I used to be a straight As student, but now I’m just average. I used to be really good in writing, but now whenever I transfer my thoughts to paper, they just evaporate away. I used to have the gift of gab, but now I can’t even think of words...
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Could This Be Schizophrenia?

I have been experiencing most of the negative symptoms of schizophrenia, except for depression, but I appear depressed to other people. I have some positive symptoms as well, like paranoia (which I’ve had for years) and acute senses. I’m more sensitive to noises, and on a couple of occasions have heard people I know say something or call me, when they claim they didn’t. I’ve also experienced some very mild perceptual illusions. I’ll think...
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My Boyfriend Wants to Change Me

am with my man for over 6 is 6 years have a communication problem, actually i have, and i cant stop dont know comes automatically, and it built up so high frustration in my partner that it brought us to physical violence. i dont do it because i want to, i just cant stop. he is an open active person, i am not, and he is trying to change...
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Anxiety Following Marijuana Use

I started smoking weed this summer for about 3 months. Maybe twice a day. Sometimes more. I never had any side effects, and it wasn’t to escape anything, I was back in LA and it was just a way to enjoy the beautiful weather even more. The night before I was supposed to leave I tried a bong for the first time and I tripped really badly. The day after I felt a little...
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Marriage Crisis

18 months ago we gave birth to a two-pound baby girl, 14 weeks early. While the baby is doing very well, the trauma is having profound effects on me and my relationship. While we had issues before, I believe it has lead to the climax of our problems. I feel I didn’t get the needed support from him. I’ve tried to talk to my Husband, now that the baby is better but he insists...
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