Author Archive for Julie Hanks, LCSW

[Video] Is This Depression, Personality Disorder, or Bipolar?

By Julie Hanks, LCSW on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
Well I'm 19, but I don't feel 19. I have so many things going on in my life that it’s hard to keep up with everything. I’m a full time worker, a full time student and a part time gym rat. I’m also in a ...

[Video] I Hate Myself And I Don’t Know Why

By Julie Hanks, LCSW on Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
I hate myself and I don't know why. How do I learn to love myself? Even though I believe I’m a daughter of God, I feel like believing and knowing is different than feeling. I don't FEEL like that. I have urges to cut myself ...

[Video] I’m So Lonely But I Should Be Happy

By Julie Hanks, LCSW on Monday, August 6th, 2012
Simply put, I'm very lonely.
 I should be happy.  I just graduated college and starting my masters’ degree.  I own my own home. I have a job. I'm very fit. I try to do things that are social, but most of the things I do ...

[Video] I Think I’m Depressed

By Julie Hanks, LCSW on Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
So five months ago, I moved from Chicago to a new school. I thought it would be great to move to a new school, but I was wrong. It isn’t and I'm still not making any close friends. Everyone already has all their groups and ...

[Video] Feeling Depressed, Angry, And Irritable

By Julie Hanks, LCSW on Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety a little more than a year ago, although I have been feeling this way for a really long time. I feel like I’m angry all the time. I want to be happy, but sometimes I feel like the ...

[Video] Am I Bipolar Or Just Part Of Growing Up?

By Julie Hanks, LCSW on Monday, July 2nd, 2012
Hello, so lately my life has been a complete mess. 
This all started about a year and a half ago. There would be days where I would be depressed, and felt ashamed for being depressed and started to take it out on myself by cutting ...

[Video] What’s Causing My Strange Symptoms?

By Julie Hanks, LCSW on Sunday, July 1st, 2012
I have, after years of avoidance, realized that I have a problem and have taken steps to take care of myself; but I am scared as to what might be wrong. I had an abusive father for the first seven years of my life, and ...

[Video] Never Want Treatment With Psychiatrist To End

By Julie Hanks, LCSW on Saturday, June 30th, 2012
I am a 56 year-old female. I have been in psychotherapy with a psychiatrist for over 10 years. I have battled depression, anxiety, and have some borderline personality disorder traits. I am so dependent on the relationship with my therapist that I sometimes "create" issues ...

[Video] Full Of Pain And Difficulty Trusting

By Julie Hanks, LCSW on Friday, June 29th, 2012
I was abused emotionally and physically as a child and I suffered the trauma of finding my mom after she shot herself. I have been diagnosed with PTSD and general anxiety disorder. I have tried medication and EMDR therapy, as well as counseling. My problem ...

[Video] Why Do I Suddenly Start Crying?

By Julie Hanks, LCSW on Thursday, June 28th, 2012
Hi, I am a person who's emotions are always close the surface. That is a problem at my job where at times, I will randomly start crying. When I have too much pressure, I cry. When I feel I’ve failed, I cry. Although my mind ...

[Video] Is My Psychologist Out Of Line?

By Julie Hanks, LCSW on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
I have been in therapy since I was 14. I recently got a new therapist who is a guy, and I'm a girl. I'm now 16 and have been seeing him for about 6 months now to try and treat my depression and bulimia. At ...

[Video] Will PTSD Symptoms Jeopardize Military Career?

By Julie Hanks, LCSW on Thursday, May 17th, 2012
Q: I'm 23 years old and in the military. Recently I was raped while on duty, I haven't been handling it well it brought up a lot of childhood stuff. I started seeing a psychologist, but I'm having a really difficult time opening up. She's ...