Abuse Articles

Can’t Stop Thinking about Men Hurting Me

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, July 26th, 2014
I constantly make up scenarios in my head about a school teacher I had 8 years ago, each one contains an accident where he hits me or a misunderstanding whereby I think he's going to hurt me. In these scenarios the school teacher has to ...

How Do We Confront Our Eldest Son about Abusing His Siblings?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Friday, July 25th, 2014
There has been an ongoing issue between our 3 sons.  The eldest along with his wife & daughter live with us and can't seem to get on their feet after losing their son to SIDS 6 years ago....

Emotional Abuse in Childhood

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, July 24th, 2014
Hello all and thank you for having this option "ask the therapist". To be brief, I am 26 years old, I am the oldest child with a younger brother. My parents have recently divorced but their relationship was always awful, filled with physical, ...

I Feel I Am a Psychopath

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
I am 17 years old, and I have been called rather a sociopath from the perspective of other people. Since I was a child, I have been in and out of trouble (being kicked out of school for illegal drugs, fighting, etc.) but I always ...

Confusion of Childhood

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
First, I will start with some info about me, I am 21 with 2 kids and engaged with the father. I previously was having thoughts that I had sexual intercourse when I was 4 with someone who was only a few years older, I remember bits ...

Why Does My Family Quarrel?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
From India: Hello doctor, I am the eldest daughter in the family.my father is a business man,mother is a house wife.i have two younger sisters.totally we are 5 in the house.there are disputes in the family every time since my childhood between father and mother.as the ...

I Need Help in Getting to a Therapist

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, July 21st, 2014
From the U.S. I'm 16 and I want to ask my mom to take me to see a professional therapist about a few mental disorders that I feel like I may have, but I just don't know how to go about it and some part ...

My Teacher Was Asking for Pictures

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, July 20th, 2014
A few months ago i met my favorite teacher, he and i exchanged cell phone numbers for educational purposes, but one day he texted me and asked me how my summer was going, i told him great and that i had was on my way ...

Am I Depressed Due to Parents Drinking?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Hi, I'm a seventeen year old girl concerned about my mental health. My parents drink sometimes. My dad becomes violent and annoyingly strict when he's drunk, and we fight a lot. My mom becomes weak and she ...

Controlling and Overwhelming Parents

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
I am 22 years old going on 23 with controlling parents. My parents aren't religious but have very strong Mexican beliefs like for example getting married before moving out of the house, men have more freedom because they're simply men, and the parents are superior ...

I Confronted My Abuser by Letter and He Responded Negatively

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, July 14th, 2014
35 years ago I was in a 5yr relationship with an abusive boyfriend. After being admitted to hospital for complete breakdown two years ago, last week I found the strength to write a letter to him telling him how I felt about what ...

Would Therapy Do Me Any Good?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Sunday, July 13th, 2014
I have a serious issue with self motivation. I cannot seem to force myself to do anything I don’t have the urge to do ie: housework. I am wondering if my past can affect me in this way. I grew up in a ...