Archive for July, 2014

My Mother Abuses My Younger Siblings

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, July 31st, 2014
From the U.S.: How do I handle my mother's frequent age-inappropriate behavior and questionable parenting techniques? As you read, it is important to keep in mind that my mother’s public persona of "caring and attentive parent" is carefully constructed and presented in the presence of ...

I’m Insecure about My Girlfriend’s Past Relationship

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, July 31st, 2014
I am in an almost 2 year relationship with my girlfriend. We have a great relationship that is based on a strong friendship, trust, and honesty. An issue that came up recently was something from my girlfriend's past. It's a long story, but ...

Suppression of Emotions Concerning My In-Laws

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, July 31st, 2014
I think my emotions are suppressed and its taking a toll on me and my relationship with my spouse. I can never say what I intend to say as the people around me do not accommodate that as I live with my in-laws. My privacy ...

Does My Mother Show Signs of ADHD?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
From the U.S.: My mother, age 85 and widowed, is physically healthy. But when I speak to her on the phone, she always bangs around pots and pans and all sorts of items, and answers me with little "hmm"s that tell me she isn't really ...

My Long Distance Boyfriend has Gone Off the Grid

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
Hi, I'm early 50's, divorced 10 years, date often, and had a couple of long term relationships. I'm friends with my ex, have great adult kids, and figured that if "my forever guy" existed - someday I would run into ...

12-Year Old Viewing Odd Materials

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
Please help me as I am not sure where to go with this. A 12 old boy found inappropriate videos online. I check his electronics at random, and found a video of a girl being ganged up on and they put a baseball bat in ...

Do I Tell My Kids About the Death of a Pet?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
From the U.S.: My kids have been visiting my sister and while they were gone I ran over our pet tortoise, I am sickened by this and don't know if I should tell them or not. Is it too much for them to think about ...

My Wife is Being Paranoid

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Hello. I am having hard time with my wife, she has some serious diagnosed paranoia and chronic anxiety. She has started to be paranoid about anything I say, like nothing is ever true that I am telling ...

Do I Have a Personality Disorder?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
I have a need for people to like me and a constant need for attention. I have lied to gain attention. Someone asked if I got off from being helpless and I'm wondering if he is right. I don't pay attention to other people's feelings ...

Is this OCD?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, July 28th, 2014
From Hong Kong: Hi there, I am wondering if this is characteristic of OCD. I have to do everything twice. For example, I cannot turn a light switch on just once, i have to turn it on, then off, then on again. This does not just apply ...

I Need Advice on How to Deal with Depression

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, July 28th, 2014
I think I've been suffering from major depression for several years now, at times coming moments away from killing myself, is there any help I can get without having to go to a mental health professional, or do I just need to go and get ...

I am Hurt and Ashamed, and So Are My Parents and Sibling

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, July 28th, 2014
My parents have always been ashamed of me because I married the man that they did not want me to marry. And after almost 20 years of my marriage, I ended up in a divorce. My parents' reaction was mixed -- they were ...