Archive for July, 2013

Ways to Cope with Depression

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Thursday, July 25th, 2013
To be perfectly honest, I always saw myself as some sort sort of a superhero whenever it came to dealing with stress: I always knew how to shake it off by switching my attention to different activities, or (being my usual outgoing self) always had ...

Fear of Taking Medicine

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, July 25th, 2013
I have PTSD and I'm going through perimenopause, and my anxiety level has hit the roof. I've developed some phobias, over the last few years, and decided to go back on a low dose of amitriptyline (25mg) which I got from my doctor, as well ...

Is This Sexual Abuse?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, July 24th, 2013
First, I would like to know if the following would be considered sexual abuse. A boy's uncle likes to wrestle with him, and often grabs the boy's testicles and squeezes them very hard. He walks around the house naked and makes the boy look at ...

Brother is Inappropriately Sexual

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, July 24th, 2013
I have a 15 year old brother who looks up to me. He claims to be scared of the dark. Usually after watching a scary movie he would ask me to sleep in his room. Last year in the middle of the night, I felt ...

Mother Makes Me Depressed

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013
My mom seems like a very miserable person and I believe that she takes all her rage out on me not physically, but emotionally she says hurtful comments like calling me heavy and I have too much acne so I should cover my face with ...

Partner Doesn’t Trust Me

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013
Me and my partner have been together 4 years now and been engaged for two, I love him so much and I know he loves me too but for some reason he constantly quizzes me and doesn't have any trust in me. He says he ...

Severe Long-Term Loneliness

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013
My name is Jessica, a 24-year old San Diego Native and Transgender Woman. I am here today to purge my thoughts that have been building up from sheer utter loneliness. I never had a family. At the age of 2, my mother ...

Abusive Family Causing Trouble

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, July 22nd, 2013
This eventually got to me and I became suicidal at age 8. I cried and prayed every night that I would die in a terrible accident. I eventually swallowed a whole bottle of pills at 11, but survived(obviously). Then I began self harming and developed ...

Jealous of Friend

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, July 22nd, 2013
For some reason I start getting angry whenever my best friend talks to this other girl at school. This has been going on for about 8 weeks (that's just a guess) but it's not improving. Whenever she's in the room my friend always talks to her ...

Boyfriend Struggles with Intrusive Thoughts

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, July 21st, 2013
My boyfriend is 31 and I met him when he was 28. He was very social and relaxed but at that time we both were going out more on the weekends and hanging out with friends. At that time we had recently started living together ...

Husband Anxious Since Purchasing $100,000 RV

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, July 21st, 2013
My husband is very anxious since we just purchased a new Recreational vehicle. He's lost a great deal of weight. He doesn't understand where the anxiety is coming from. He's always enjoyed RVing. He's ready to sell it without trying ...

Feeling Unreal

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, July 20th, 2013
As an introduction, I need to say that english is not my native language, and so there will probably be some mistakes in my message, although I will try my best to avoid them. I'm not sure if my problem IS actually a problem. Since the ...