Family Articles

I Go into Utter Panic When I Go to My Part-Time Job

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Friday, December 19th, 2014
Hello, I need help that my family won't provide or allow. My family are very conservative and don't approve of the medical world and are heavily reliant on religion to cure mental issues. I have tried and it simply does not work -- I have ...

I’m Hearing Voices in My Head & Constantly Scared of People Watching Me and Plotting Against Me

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, December 18th, 2014
I don't know whether this is a good site to be on or not. For about a year now I have been hearing a man's voice in my head. It started when I dropped some food on the floor and the voice said pick it ...

Emotional Abuse from Her Therapist?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Several weeks ago my wife of two years asked me for a divorce. I was shocked -- I'd thought things had been going well. Not two weeks before she had gushed to me about how excited she was to have a future with children and ...

I Cannot Be in a Relationship

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, December 13th, 2014
From the UK: I found that I cannot be in any relationship even though I would love to have one. I have never been in any relationship because I always end up any form of relationship after 2 weeks. I often feel lonely and when ...

Mother Is Depressed

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
My mother has had a terrible childhood. Her father was always drunk and she witnessed him beat her brothers because he was jealous that his wife (my mom's mother) was paying too much attention to them. My mother also grew in intense poverty (she fixed ...

Depression, Anxiety & Eating Disorder

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, December 7th, 2014
Lately I've been very depressed. I havent eaten in 2 days because I can't and I've been cutting everyday this past week. I'm having severe panic attacks and I have suicidal thoughts. I hate feeling like this and I cant control my emotions. I want ...

Mother–In-Law has Possible Personality Disorder

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, December 6th, 2014
My husband and I got married. Her behavior and the way she is forced me to stay in my closet sized room while I was living there and it triggered my first experience with depression. Her behavior and the fact that she caused me to ...

What Illness Could My Mother Have and How Do We Cope?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Friday, December 5th, 2014
My mom has always displayed very unusual behaviors that have raised havoc on our family. She acts feeble, has a victim mentality, and always needs to be different. If we go to a restaurant, she wears a fur coat in 90 degree weather, ...

I’m Not Sure What’s Wrong with Me

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, December 5th, 2014
Hi, I'm a 28 year old female. For the past year and a half I've been getting worse my fiance doesn't want to listen to me. Growing up I was a happy loving kid. Got along with everyone, my senior year I lost my best ...

Daughter Mean to Her Brother

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
My 13-year-old treats her 11 year-old brother poorly much of the time. She won't let him in her room, responds in a mean way when he tries to talk to her or asks her a question, and is just generally nasty to him much of ...

12 Years Old and Wondering, Am I Going Mad?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
From Australia: I’m 12 years old and started year 7 in February and I guess it’s always tough for everyone right now. I know this but I think that what I’m going through will never go away. It’s been going on for 2 or 3 ...

Is It Ok that My Father Asks Me for a Hug When No One’s Around?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, November 30th, 2014
I'm from India, aged 23. My father is a good man. He has never done any such thing to me, but I still don’t understand, is it ok if he asks me for a hug (and ya, "at times", a tight hug)? I mean just ...