Abuse Articles

My Mother Abuses My Younger Siblings

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, July 31st, 2014
From the U.S.: How do I handle my mother's frequent age-inappropriate behavior and questionable parenting techniques? As you read, it is important to keep in mind that my mother’s public persona of "caring and attentive parent" is carefully constructed and presented in the presence of ...

Suppression of Emotions Concerning My In-Laws

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, July 31st, 2014
I think my emotions are suppressed and its taking a toll on me and my relationship with my spouse. I can never say what I intend to say as the people around me do not accommodate that as I live with my in-laws. My privacy ...

Suspect My Partner Has a Personality Disorder

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, July 27th, 2014
I have a close friend, who became my lover about a year ago. Recently he cheated on me (had an affair with a colleague), and I was/am terribly hurt, as I was his absolute best friend. In addition, in the past few months he has ...

I’ve Been in a Crazy Relationship

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, July 26th, 2014
From the U.S.: I live in SF for two years where I met my ex who is from Turkey more than a year ago. We felt in love crazily everything seemed ok beside a couple things which my naivity was explaining as cultural difference and ...

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 ...