Depression Articles

Boarding School Issues

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014
I chose to leave home and study abroad at boarding school when I was eight. I have been living away from family for the past 16 years. I regret this decision and blamed myself. Over the past 16 years, I have not been very happy ...

Parents Won’t Take Me to Get Help

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Sunday, December 21st, 2014
So, I'm 15 and in my own opinion I think I've been depressed for a very long time, a few years. I'm always sad and irritable. I remember having moments of complete rage, but also moments where I feel depressed. I really want ...

How Do I Fix My Life?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, December 19th, 2014
I'm 17 and I can't talk to girls, I don't like talking to people except a select few that are my friends and I guess it's because of me being fat and disliked by pretty much everyone in my middle school (never bullied, was too ...

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 ...

Son Has OCD and Depression

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
My 40-year-old son suffers from severe OCD and depression. It has become worse in the past 3 years. He has been in a relationship during that time but his partner is at the end of her rope and wants him out. He is on disability ...

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 ...

Something Is Wrong

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
From Australia: I'm 15 and I'm too scared to go to a doctor just in case its hormones or I'm just being a drama queen but something's different. I am usually an extremely outgoing person that's always grinning like an idiot and loving to be ...

Suicidal Ideations and Fear of Involuntary Commitment

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Sunday, December 14th, 2014
Although I have a good boyfriend, family, and close friends, I feel completely alone. None of them know the "real" me, and lately I've thought about talking to a professional. I have a psychiatrist who gives me meds that helps me project this image of ...

Difficulty Finding the Right Treatment for Suicidal Thoughts

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Friday, December 12th, 2014
In April I was hospitalized for suicidal ideation, it was a very stressful time, and I found the experience more stigmatizing than helpful. I still have nightmares where I wake up sweating thinking I am back in the locked ward. I was not a good ...

Lately I’ve Been Feeling More Depressed

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, December 11th, 2014
The majority of my life I've been bullied and I held it in, my parents would tell me that I wouldn't amount to anything and I'll be lucky to get through college. Usually i just hold it in and when Im alone i blow up ...

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 ...