Archive for May, 2013

Can’t Talk to Anyone

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, May 25th, 2013
I am really confused as to what is going on with my brain right now. I cannot talk to anyone about any. Last week, I went to my friends house and I couldn't converse or keep a conversation going at all. My friend told me ...

Am I Really Normal?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, May 25th, 2013
First, I would like to apologize in advance for my somewhat weird English, I'm from a country in Central Europe. I seek your advice because I feel lost. Thank you very much for reading this in advance. Even when I'm writing these words, I feel quite ...

Infrequent Dreams

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Friday, May 24th, 2013
Lately when I sleep at night or randomly during the day, I seldom have dreams. When I do, they're so fogged I can't remember them. Most nights I see darkness that feels like it lasts only a few seconds, but when I glance at the ...

Mental Illness vs. Character Flaws

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, May 24th, 2013
How do I determine the difference between the mental illnesses my daughter lives with and character defects? It is difficult for me to know the difference. Can you offer some guidelines that will help discern the differences, to help me in knowing how to respond? My ...

Do I Have An Eating Disorder?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
I don't know if I have an eating disorder or not. Back in July, 2012, I started eating roughly 200-600 calories a day and exercising about 2-4 after my friend said, "If you eat, you lose the starvation contest." I hate my body, and weight, ...

Stepparent Issues

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
My boyfriend is 9 years older than me, he has 2 kids, a 9 year old daughter, and a 10 year old son. I have a 3 year old son also. We've been together for over a year now. He left his wife for ...

Depressed and Anxious

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
Hi, I'm sixteen years old and a male. I've been diagnosed with major depressive disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder since age 13. Also, I have used numerous drugs, alcohol, self-harmed, contemplated/attempted suicide twice, I don't eat or treat myself very well, have critically low self ...

Trusting My Boyfriend

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
My boyfriend & I have a 9-year past. We both have very horrible drinking partying sleeping around pasts. We have currently been together for 14 months no breakups and only some fights. I have caught him lying to me twice once he was super drunk ...

Finding Help for My Autistic Children

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
My 5yo has been diagnosed with severe ADHD, Autism, ODD. He is on medications and has been doing so well until about the last three months. He has always had more problems with ADHD but now it seems like Autism is taking control of ...

Confused with Depression

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
I’m 16 and I’m not really sure what to do with myself. The past few months have been really hard; my “depression” has gotten really bad. (I put depression in quotes because I have not been diagnosed by any doctor. I’m assuming that this is ...

Is This Anxiety?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, May 20th, 2013
I have never had any type of mental issue until randomly about a week ago. I am a very mellow person and have not been dealing with much stress or any other problems and up until now I have been completely normal. All of a ...

Overly Controlling Family

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, May 20th, 2013
Good afternoon, I am 21 years old youngest of three. My mother had two children before she met my dad. Then she fell in love with my dad then I came along. I come from a very strict Hispanic family. My older siblings ...
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