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I Feel Lost and Have No Sense of Direction

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
From the UK: I am young (17) and lost. This past year has been relatively depressing with the loss of a family member, moving out of one parent's to live with the other and the step family, failing to get a career/job amongst other problems. ...

I Can’t Stop Stealing from My Parents

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, March 31st, 2014
I stared at 13 years old and I stole money from my parents bank account since the start it got worse and worse 50 pounds and then the month of January this year when I stole a total of 400 pounds out their bank and ...

Communicating with Someone Who Has Shut Down Through PTSD

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, March 30th, 2014
Hello, I am trying to find the things I should do and the things I shouldn't do when approaching my husband. He has just been diagnosed with PTSD after years of alcohol and drug abuse. He is a VERY loving man who will suddenly change ...

My Mom Was Sick and Now I Am and She Doesn’t Care

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Saturday, March 29th, 2014
My mother went through a terrible depression in her early 40's. I was there for her, supported her, the whole nine yards. She quit driving, I drove her around, and took her shopping. I have been diagnosed with Epilepsy, Severe Anxiety, ...

I Feel Depressed & So Does My Mom

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Friday, March 28th, 2014
My mom is all I have in life... My father abandoned us so now we have no male and I am the only child. Well let's start off with my mother. She has been really depressed lately. All she has been doing is laying in ...

She Wants a Relationship with a Mother Who Hates Her

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, March 28th, 2014
From the U.S.: After a lifetime of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, my mom has stopped talking to me for 2 years now. Since I was born my mother hated me and the family knew it. She spread stories about me that were untrue and ...

Supporting an Unappreciative Mom

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, March 28th, 2014
From the U.S.: My mother and I have been coming to heads more and more often and I don’t feel like I have anyone I can turn to for help. Our latest fight was last night. Perhaps it’s best I give you some back-story first. I ...

Sister-In-Law Sent a Truly Hate-Filled Email

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Background information. I have two brothers that married later in life and each has one child. One brother(at 50 years of age)along with his wife grasp the responsibility of being a parent. The other brother (at 55 years of age) and his wife (50 years old) haven't the ...

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 ...

My Girlfriend Is Having Our Baby and My Family Is Treating Me Like a Child

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, March 21st, 2014
From the U.S.: I'm 17 and I've been dating my girlfriend for a year now. She is pregnant and is having the baby which I am happy about. Her parents are a little more understanding and supportive while mine on the other hand aren't taking ...

I Can’t Trust My Baby Dad

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, March 21st, 2014
From the U.S.: My boyfriend and I have been together on/off for three years now. Our relationship started off great we could do everything together and didn't really care about anything else. Within a couple months we decided to date. I found out he was ...

Embarrassed In Front of Children

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, March 16th, 2014
I'm 24, mother of twin 5-year-old girls. I've always been outgoing, athletic, intelligent, very pretty, very competent. Never experienced depression. A week ago my husband took our daughters to the zoo while I stayed home to shop and relax. When I returned from shopping I ...