Anxiety Articles

I Think I Was Sexually Abused But Can’t Remember Specific Situation

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Sunday, March 1st, 2015
When a family member like my mom or dad kisses me and hugs me, I feel disgusted/nasty/dirty/powerless, etc. probably because I see hugs and kisses as something inherently sexual, so I like affection from anyone who isn't my family. I cried when a couple hours ...

Why Am I Having Crazy Dreams?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Friday, February 27th, 2015
I have really bad crazy dreams. Usually about death and graveyards. I dreamed once I was with a group digging up graves because we had to preserve them better and put them back. My papaw's grave is always in these dreams. Why am I having ...

Why Do I Keep Myself Awake?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Friday, February 27th, 2015
For as long as I can remember, I have not been a good sleeper, but my insomnia has gotten much worse in the last decade or so. I try to soothe myself by imagining quiet, calm places, I've listened to mindfulness CDs and music. I've ...

Confused about My Relationship with My Friend

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Thursday, February 26th, 2015
This issue I have is with my friend vie known him for about five years and in that fives he would talk about gay rights gay topics and make sexual innuendos and would insinuate that I was gay so I asked him if he was ...

I Realized I’m Not Being Myself

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, February 26th, 2015
2 years ago I developed social anxiety out of the blue, and it was truly something I had never experienced. I had all of the symptoms of social phobia during the summer after 9th grade, and after weeks of experiencing it, I became depressed and ...

Dissociation and Amnesia

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
Friday night I started having an anxiety attack. I dont remember a whole lot. The next thing I remember I was a child holding my boyfriend and sobbing uncontrollably as if something bad had happened to me. Then my boyfriend said I sat up and ...

Genophobia

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
From Lebanon: More than a year ago I suddenly started experiencing painful penetrations. A few days later I found out I'm pregnant. Doctor advised not to have sex during pregnancy because of pain. Now my baby is 6 months old and I still cannot have ...

Do You Think I Was Raped and Should I Tell Possible Boyfriend?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, February 23rd, 2015
So, I was at this guy I knows house watching a movie, after a little while he started making moves and soon enough he had my clothes off and was pulling me on top of him. He then asked if I wanted to have sex ...

Dad Versus Stepdad

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
My daughter is 5 going on 6. About two months ago she met her biological father. Until then she didn't even know about him. Recently she started telling me she doesn't love her stepdad who has been in her life for 3 years now and ...

Confused, Overthinking and Rather Afraid

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Saturday, February 21st, 2015
I honestly have doubts when it comes to my mental sanity. I will start by saying that I face social anxiety and that I isolated myself from the world, avoiding most interactions with others and rarely leaving home. I cannot make friends as I find ...

My Dad Died, But All I Feel Is Relief

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Thursday, February 19th, 2015
My Dad passed away a little over a year ago after a 13-year battle with cancer. Everyone in my family mourns him, but I never grieved and all I feel is relief. It doesn't hurt me the way it does my siblings...it really doesn't hurt ...

Daughter’s Social Shyness and Low Confidence

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, February 19th, 2015
My 16-year-old daughter, who otherwise is doing great at school, straight A's, teachers are very happy with her, has a great group of friends, enjoys their company, goes to movies, birthday parties etc with them, but she occasionally will tell me that she feels somewhat ...
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