Author Archive for Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker

My Adult Kids Insist on Having Dogs that Make Me Sick

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, August 15th, 2014
From the U.S.: I have severe asthma to dogs--no breeds are possible. My children grew up knowing this, my daughter has witnessed an anaphylactic episode that I had once. My ex-husband has history of downplaying this problem, has problems with true empathy or sympathy (possible ...

I Have Done Nothing with My Life

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, August 14th, 2014
From Ireland: I'm 18 never drunk, never had a girlfriend, never took drugs or smoke and never went out. My friends call me the perfect son but I just feel I'm wasting my life. my friends ask me out all the time but I feel ...

How Do I Restore Self-Esteem?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
From Egypt: I had a relation with a younger guy. For the first few weeks, everything was wonderful when we were meeting over weekends. We shared many thoughts and memories as well and we seemed to be nice and supporting each others. We also had ...

Step-Dad’s Boundaries Aren’t Okay

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
From the U.S: I'm a little curious. I'm 17. I have this step-dad who seems to be rather fond of me but I cannot tell if this is normal or not. Anyway, here's the gist of it, once or twice, he asked me if I'll ...

Friend Has Recurring Thoughts of Suicide

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, August 11th, 2014
From the U.S.: A friend of mine has been a slave to her depression and anxiety for the past few years. She also has an eating disorder. She has become in danger of suicide more and more often in the past month. Each time I ...

Could I have Asperger’s syndrome

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, August 10th, 2014
From Scotland: Could I have Asperger's syndrome? Here's a list of my issues: Limited eye contact especially with new people Very little social interaction with people Sensitivity to loud noise, bright lights and tags on my clothing Bad short term memory but great long term memory Inability to understand sarcasm Not great ...

Anxiety and Gastroenteritis

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
From the US: Back around April/May I was having chest pains for a couple weeks. When I asked my doctor about it, he told me that I had gastroenteritis and said that it was probably caused by a warm weather virus with the changing season ...

Am I Making Too Much of What Happened to Me?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, August 4th, 2014
From India: There are a no. Of issues: 1. When I was a little girl, I was pretty cute and many guys took advantage of me, even my cousin used to slide his hands under my top. In a public place once a man slid ...

Sexual Identity and God

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
I was raised in a Southern Baptist home. We had a very conservative family life. I was raised to believe being gay was/is wrong. I moved away and tried the "gay" lifestyle, it did not end well. I decided to be true to my family's ...

Fighting Hypothyroidism

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
From the UK: I'm a 28 year year old female suffering from Hypothyroidism. I am really down because I am really overweight and when I'm down like this, I just comfort eat. This causes me to feel even more down so then I just eat ...

I Think I Have Depression

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, August 1st, 2014
From the United Arab Emirates: So i'm 15 years old, and i think i have depression, along with other mental issues that had been proven by tests online (I know its not a professional diagnoses but i had to get and idea if there's something ...

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 ...