Abuse Articles

Wasn’t Allowed to Speak

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
My parents adopted me when I was six months old and kept me from talking as a child, but I was okay with it because they were usually working and had their business partners at the house, so I was always quiet and didn't interrupt. ...

Was My Daughter Sexually Abused?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, August 25th, 2014
I think my daughter was sexually abused. I took her to a doctor,unfortunately too late for physical evidence. Doctor and I talked. They didn't feel that daughter's behavior (my 3 years old) was that of one that was sexually abused. They said she seemed too friendly. ...

Bothered By an Incident of My Friend Deliberately Killing a Hamster

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
A close friend of mine, a grade school teacher, called me from the car on her way home from the last day of school before summer break. She sounds upset as she says, "You're not going to believe what I just did! We had a ...

Did I Make a Huge Mistake?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
From the U.S.: I'm 44 and have a 15 yr history with husband. We have a 13 yo son with some special needs. Been through hell with this man, who started using crack before our son was 2, abusive while using. Verbally/emotionally and some physical. ...

My Boyfriend has Psycho-Jealousy

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, August 17th, 2014
My hunny and i have been dating for 3 great months. This is the man i can see myself marrying. He is an amazing guy great heart and treats me like a queen. but because of his past and trust issues, he thinks all women ...

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 ...

Abusive Mother

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
I am coming to this page because I have nowhere else to turn. My whole life my mother has been very impatient, belittling, and narcissistic. As a child, I thought her actions were normal but the older I got, the more aware I became of ...

I Have A Strong Urge To Kill People

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, August 7th, 2014
My step-sister has been here a week now (she lives with her mother) and at night she always falls asleep before me. While she's asleep I get this strong urge to go get a knife from the kitchen and just stab her to death. No, ...

Oversensitive and Begging for Love

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Thursday, August 7th, 2014
I have been told by my husband that I am over sensitive. I cry a lot, a lot of his "jokes" make me feel bad about myself. When he is mad, he treats me in a nasty, rude way. Most of the times it is ...

My Fiancé Is Depressed

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
My fiancé and I have been in love for the past 5 years and we have had a very close and trusting relationship. He developed depression 4 months ago. He is taking medication and I'm doing all I can to help him. I know the ...

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 ...