Abuse Articles

Is There Something Wrong with Me?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Sunday, January 4th, 2015
Hi everyone, I'm happy that there is such an outlet for everyone and wish everyone well. Hope my question helps others! I'm 23 this year and I have completed my university education and find myself stuck in life and unable to make choices ...

I’m an Extremely Picky Eater

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Friday, January 2nd, 2015
According to all my research, I do not have an eating disorder. I do not even own a scale, I have no desire to change the way I look and my weight is not something I even think about. However, food is running ...

Mother and Daughter Have a Volatile Relationship

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
From Australia: My mother and I have always had a volatile relationship. Last night she drank a bottle of red wine and when I queried her about it she became angry and went to her room and came out with her bags saying I will ...

‘Menopausal’ Mother

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, December 29th, 2014
I'm 15 years old and I live in a well-off lifestyle with my parents and three other sisters. This summer me and my family moved from Connecticut -- after 10 years -- to Utah. Since the move there have been major issues that escalate in ...

It’s Been so Long since I Slept Peacefully.

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, December 28th, 2014
From 17-year-old in Malaysia: First of all, my family. I did not grow up with my family since I was 2 months old. I only go back home on weekends. On weekdays, it's just my grandma and I. I think my mum dislikes me. She ...

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 ...