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Am I Wrong or Stupid?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, April 11th, 2014
So last fall I met a guy in college. He was my chemistry partner and we ended up falling for each other. Unfortunately I had to transfer 600 miles away but we decided to keep in touch. We told each other how we felt and ...

Son Pushing Everyone Away

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Thursday, April 10th, 2014
My son is 19 and has been pushing his family away. He and his father were never close. Him and I were once very close. In the past few years I could see a change in him. If you look at his school pictures you ...

How Do I Stop Being Irrationally Terrified of Sexual Interaction?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Thursday, April 10th, 2014
I just started dating this guy who I've known for nearly a year and he's liked me for just about all that time. I think he's amazing and I'm really happy to be in a relationship with him. I like cuddling into him, hugging him ...

OCD – Toilets & Pregnancy

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
Hello, I am terrified I will impregnate someone by accident. Whenever I go to the toilet I have to make sure I wipe down everywhere where my Penis (or my hands) may have touched. If I'm in a shower I ususally undergo the same behaviour. I ...

I Don’t Know What I Want from a Certain Girl

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
So I'm 15 years old and after 1 week ill be 16. From a couple of months something has been stressing me and taking all of my time considering it. That is the question: * Do I want something more with her or just a ...

Intrusive Thoughts Getting Out of Control

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
My situation is about my intrusive thoughts. I have had them for as long as I can remember and everytime they appear in my head I end up screaming: no!, let me go!, leave me alone! or shut up!. For most of my life I ...

Think I’m Developing Schizophrenia

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, April 5th, 2014
Hi, I'm a sophomore in college right now and I'm becoming more aware that I might have a mental illness. I do not know which one I have, however. When I was younger, I questioned if somebody was controlling me, if there was someone that's ...

Is Being an Introvert Weird in Our Society?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Saturday, April 5th, 2014
I am an introvert. I have known this for a couple years. I had no problem with it, until what happened at school the other day. My class had to take a personality test. Of course I got introvert. When we were standing in line ...

Are Intrusive Thoughts Normal?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Friday, April 4th, 2014
I keep having horrible anxiety and thoughts. Okay so im 17 and I keep experiencing intrusive thoughts. They happened when I was sick and in bed for a few days and I was by myself and my mind was wandering to all sorts of places ...

Does My Daughter Have a Specific Disorder?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
My daughter, Sally, is 14 years old and she has been experiencing some unusual things for about 1 year now. She see shapes floating in the air, she will actually hear music, radio static, footsteps up and down the hallway, and people whispering. She will ...

Perfectionist Qualities Causing Me School Related Anxiety

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
Hi! I am a junior in a BSN program. Nursing school is obviously a lot of hard work. I love my major, but I have such bad “anxiety” lately. I make very strict to-do lists every day, I am incredibly organized, and can time manage ...

Bullying Left Its Mark on Me

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
From the UK: I was bullied around 20 years ago, I was working at a medical practice and the practice manager bullied me daily. I ended up going to see a psychiatrist and in the end I left the practice. But not before it had ...