Autism Articles

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 ...

I Have Had an Imaginary Friend my Entire Life

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
To preface this, I have eidetic memory and therefore can remember large chunks of my early childhood. I grew up in a fairly normal middle-class home, with two parents, a roof over my head and a great education. However, ever since I was young, my ...

Sad and Lonely — Can I Change?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
My entire life I have been sad and lonely. As the years have passed, I kept hoping that things would get better but they never did. I have too many problems and I don't know how to deal with all of them. My sister has autism ...