Anxiety Articles

Depressed Friend

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Thursday, December 18th, 2014
Here's the thing. A very good friend of mine (20) has started acting very unusual, she's skipping classes at college, doesn't smile anymore and doesn't have the will to talk to anyone about her problem. Anytime we (my friends and I) ask her about what's ...

I Think I Have Some Symptoms of DID

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
From the U.S.: I took your sanity test and got a 50 in dissociation, 50 in PSTD, 69 in depression, and 70 in anxiety. I listed these results specifically because I know that these are symptoms of DID. Now, I am very forgetful, short term ...

Searching for Happiness in My Life

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
For the past year, I've been struggling to be positive, happy, or feel good about myself, my life, or my relationship. I feel sad and depressed most of the time, crying almost daily. About a year ago, I moved to a new state with my ...

Passion or Comfort … What Is Important?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, December 15th, 2014
From India: I am currently going through a lot of confusion. I became close friends with a girl (Let's call her G) with whom I shared a deep emotional and intellectual connection even though there was no physical attraction initially. However our emotional intimacy led ...

I Cannot Be in a Relationship

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, December 13th, 2014
From the UK: I found that I cannot be in any relationship even though I would love to have one. I have never been in any relationship because I always end up any form of relationship after 2 weeks. I often feel lonely and when ...

I Need Approval from Authority Figures

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, December 11th, 2014
From a 19 year old young woman in India: I am experiencing something which can be referred as an extreme sort of temporary fickleness. I am driven by a constant urge to patronize/flatter the person in the authority just because I need them to provide ...

Benzodiazepine Withdrawal

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
After using Xanax for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) for 20 years, I am now partially retired and have stopped the Xanax from 4 mgs. per day and have tapered down to 1 mg. of Klonopin per day for sleep. I am however, experiencing ...

Fear of Schizophrenia

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
So I'll start by saying that about a year and a half ago I suffered an intense panic/anxiety attack whilst on cannabis. This was catalyzed by an intense fear that I'd somehow triggered schizophrenia by smoking and I was basically doomed. Since then I would ...

Mother Is Depressed

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
My mother has had a terrible childhood. Her father was always drunk and she witnessed him beat her brothers because he was jealous that his wife (my mom's mother) was paying too much attention to them. My mother also grew in intense poverty (she fixed ...

Depression, Anxiety & Eating Disorder

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, December 7th, 2014
Lately I've been very depressed. I havent eaten in 2 days because I can't and I've been cutting everyday this past week. I'm having severe panic attacks and I have suicidal thoughts. I hate feeling like this and I cant control my emotions. I want ...

My Dad Watches Me at Night

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, December 5th, 2014
From a 15 year old in the U.S.: During my sleep, sometimes my hand is inside in my shorts. Or sometimes inside my underwear unconsciously. I am not sure how this started. Anyways, I was sleeping and felt like someone was watching me. So, I ...

I’m Not Sure What’s Wrong with Me

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, December 5th, 2014
Hi, I'm a 28 year old female. For the past year and a half I've been getting worse my fiance doesn't want to listen to me. Growing up I was a happy loving kid. Got along with everyone, my senior year I lost my best ...