Family Articles

Adoption, Infidelity & Bipolar Disorder

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
My boyfriend and I have been together for 4 years. We have gone through an adoption together that was finalized in June '14. I've been suffering from depression but things have gotten better everyday. My boyfriend suffers from manic bipolar disorder and there have been ...

Discipline Issue with an Extremely Defiant 4-Year-Old

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Hello. My girlfriend has 2 boys ages 5 and 4. The 4-year-old is in a very big power struggle with her. He is urinating all over the house, shouts at her, and routinely disobeys. He can be physical at times with his brother and mother ...

I Go Through Occasional Depression and Feel a Lot of Stress

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
I go through occasional depression and feel a lot of stress. I'm a 15-year-old girl. I think I go through occasional depression and feel a lot of stress on me. I think the main reason is due to me being the oldest out of my ...

My Wife Doesn’t Show Me Love Anymore

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
From the U.S.: My wife and I have been married for 4 years now. We started to have issues about 2 years ago. I feel like since we have been officially and legally married that she doesn't care about me. First thing is, I tried to ...

Boyfriend’s Family Is Distant from Me

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, January 25th, 2015
My boyfriend and I have been together for almost a year. He is my old boyfriend from years ago. We have been talking about marriage and our future plans, but haven't formally announced it mainly because of his mother's resentment towards me. She does not ...

Wife Depressed & Refuses Treatment

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
My wife and I have been married for almost 2 years. In that time she has been diagnosed with multiple severe medical issues. I have been beside her and been forced to watch as she slides farther into depression. Multiple times I have tried to ...

I’m Having Problems with My 3-Year-Old Stepson

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
From the U.S.:My fiancé and I have been dating for 3 ½ years. We have a two year old son together and he has a son that is 3. My stepson's mother left and hasn't returned since he was 6 months old. I have been ...

My Grandparents are Hoarders

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
I'm 17 and I have depression and anxiety disorder which is very difficult to cope with. But aside from that, my grandparents have custody of me. They are good people and give me my basic needs, but they are verbally abusive and they're hoarders. Even ...

My Husband Has the Desire to Kill

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
Hey. I'm just really looking for some serious advice. I really believe my husband is a sociopath. When we first started dating he would mention that it's hard for him to have feelings. He also said when he was a kid he would torture cats ...

Daughter Believes Father Molested Her

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, January 19th, 2015
From the U.S. My husband was good father but verbally abusive at times and hard on the youngest of our 2 daughters. However, deep down I do not believe that he molested her. She has no memory of actual sexual abuse but says he rubbed ...

Daughter Hates Step-father

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, January 18th, 2015
My first husband and I had a daughter together. He passed away when she was 5. I remarried when she was almost 11. We had a son and twin girls together. She is now married for 2 months. We got together to exchange gifts for ...

Should I Get Checked for Schizoid Personality?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, January 15th, 2015
I have always been considered strange by my peers, even in kindergarten. It never bothered what people thought of me, until now. My parents consider me "unsympathetic" "selfish and self centered" and tell me that my actions are hurtful and disrespectful, but I don't always ...