Abuse Articles

Am I at a High Risk for PTSD?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, December 25th, 2014
From the U.S.: When I was in middle school, my acquaintances would repeatedly slap me in the butt at the lunch table and that made me feel very uncomfortable. That happened regularly. They used to say "I love you" sarcastically. One of them said I would ...

Mother with Hoarding Disorder Is Tearing Up the Family

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, December 24th, 2014
From Croatia: I'm 21-years-old, and my mother is 51. My whole life I've been witnessing her being just crazy about collecting everything, from cans to old, warn-out clothes. As I grew, I always was the strongest one to confront her and not let her ruin ...

My Girlfriend Got Really Physical with Me During Sex

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, December 22nd, 2014
My girlfriend and I were having sex the other night, out of nowhere she slapped, then punched, dug her nails into my arm then pressed into my chest as hard as she could. I was shocked... She jumped off me before finishing, although I think ...

My Dad’s Unkind Words

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, December 21st, 2014
My dad is so unkind to me. He always calls me mean names like retard and bitch and fat. He tries to be a good father but nothing ever works and I can't take being near him anymore. My mom tries to get him to ...

How Do I Fix My Life?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, December 19th, 2014
I'm 17 and I can't talk to girls, I don't like talking to people except a select few that are my friends and I guess it's because of me being fat and disliked by pretty much everyone in my middle school (never bullied, was too ...

My Husband Is Cheating Again

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, December 19th, 2014
From the U.S.: My husband and I moved to Texas 1 year ago and so he could be near his family. But as of recently he started seeing someone else again. I've have no family or friends around I'm a stay-at-home mom-of-3. I'm trying to ...

Emotional Abuse from Her Therapist?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Several weeks ago my wife of two years asked me for a divorce. I was shocked -- I'd thought things had been going well. Not two weeks before she had gushed to me about how excited she was to have a future with children and ...

Mother Is Depressed

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
My mother has had a terrible childhood. Her father was always drunk and she witnessed him beat her brothers because he was jealous that his wife (my mom's mother) was paying too much attention to them. My mother also grew in intense poverty (she fixed ...

My Boyfriend has Been Angry Since We Moved in Together

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, December 7th, 2014
From the U.S.: My boyfriend and I have been together for over 3 years, and we just moved in together this summer. Normally, we get along pretty well. We have so much fun together. He is funny, sweet, a hard worker, smart, and my best ...

Am I Being Abused or Am I Crazy?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, December 6th, 2014
This is going to be very long but I really, really, really need help. I have been married for 16 yrs. My husband has been addicted to one thing or another our whole marriage. First it was gambling, then weed, followed by alcohol and cocaine ...

My Dad Watches Me at Night

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, December 5th, 2014
From a 15 year old in the U.S.: During my sleep, sometimes my hand is inside in my shorts. Or sometimes inside my underwear unconsciously. I am not sure how this started. Anyways, I was sleeping and felt like someone was watching me. So, I ...

Dual Relationship with Therapist Is a Mess

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, December 1st, 2014
From the U.S.: I have been in a dual relationship with my therapist for about 4.5 years, and things are falling apart and I don't trust her and I am becoming more afraid of confronting her. She has also befriended my boyfriend and is going ...
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