Autism Articles

Dreams Feel Real

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, March 24th, 2014
I have Autism and I am in a relationship and have two children with this man. I had a bad dream about sexual abuse between my partner and my child and I know it was not real but I have this awful realistic feeling about ...

Is Aspergers Incompatible with Finding Love?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, February 27th, 2014
I have aspergers syndrome and I have never been in a relationship before. I've been turned down by nearly every girl I've asked out even though I've been trying to get a girlfriend for seven years now. I met one person at my college a ...

Emotionally Abused by Dad

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Thursday, February 13th, 2014
I'm recently 15 and my dad has been abusing me since i moved in with him on grade 7.he would call me stupid and not believe in me. I have no one else to turn to because my father is disowned by his family and ...

IQ Testing

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, October 28th, 2013
My son is 19 years old and intellectually disabled. We applied for SSI for him and they are requiring him to take another IQ test. He took one at age 10 (Full IQ = 56, subsets ranging 55-72) and another at age 13 (Full IQ ...

I May Be Insane

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
I think I am going insane.. I have Two people in my mind.. Person A , she is from Ohio and has blue hair she is a maniac who tells me different ways to kill and different strategies of not getting caught... next is Person ...

Finding Help for My Autistic Children

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
My 5yo has been diagnosed with severe ADHD, Autism, ODD. He is on medications and has been doing so well until about the last three months. He has always had more problems with ADHD but now it seems like Autism is taking control of ...

Asperger’s?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
I have always felt different than everyone else. I had never had real friends or anything besides my family (that is, my dad, my brother, and my mom); it's not that I am myself with them; it's more like they accept me with all of ...

Adopted Daughter May Have Reactive Attachment Disorder

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
My 8 year old adopted daughter has had 4 different therapists including neurotherapy. She has yet to have someone really diagnose or help us with exactly her problems. She was adopted at 2 years old and spent the first 2 years of her life ...

Do I Have a Psychological Problem?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, April 13th, 2013
I grew up with a younger sibling with autism, and I deeply love and care for her. As I grew up, my parents always told me that I had to be successful so I could care for her when they died. I was perfectly okay ...

Son Obsessed with Computer Games

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, March 21st, 2013
suggestions to improve son's obsessive compulsion with the computer games. Doesn't relate to anything other than computer. It is taking over his life and as a family we wonder if removing the computer for a month is a good idea. He has Aspergers. What ...

Weird Behaviors

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, February 9th, 2013
From an 18 year old young woman: I have started to notice my weird behaviors. I don't have many friends and I prefer to be alone. I do this weird hand flapping thing when I get too excited. I am confused and sad a ...

Do I Have Mental Illness Too?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, February 4th, 2013
I have a few family members with mental illnesses such as narcissistic personality disorder, bipolar, alcoholism, and arrested development and siblings with autism. I am not sure if I have a mental illness since I am only a teen and life is just starting out ...