Family Articles

My Mom Is Threatening to Throw Out My Pet

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, October 11th, 2014
Today my mother threatened to throw my five-month-old kitten out. This may seem silly, but I take these things very seriously. I value animals higher than anything; they are really the only things I seriously care for (cats especially). My kitten is practically the reason ...

Former Abuser Re-entering My Life

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, October 9th, 2014
My brother who is now 19 almost 20, used to hit me (along with violently push me, slap me, tackle me, put me down, humiliate me, make fun of me infront of my friends, include himself if i have a friend over etc.) ...

I Don’t Know Who I Am

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, October 6th, 2014
From the U.S.: Two years and seven months ago I started really looking at who I was and now I don't know who I am anymore. I have gone through thinking I was heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual. Now I have no sexual interests in any ...

Side Effects of Antipsychotic Drugs

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, October 3rd, 2014
From Pakistan: One year ago my sister's behaviour was shockingly changed. We tried our best to manage but failed. We admitted her in hospital and they diagnosed schizophrenia. After one week we bring her home, she was mostly recovered and better. But one week later her ...

After 10 Months Boyfriend Won’t Spend Time with My Kids

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, September 29th, 2014
I met my boyfriend about a year ago. He was coming out of a bad 6 month relationship. To start I need to say, from what he has told me, he has been scared from almost every relationship. Even his parents. When I met him ...

My Step Kids Hate Me

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, September 26th, 2014
From the U.S: I am married and living with 6 step kids ranging in age from 5-18. I have done all I can to be a good step parent. Their mother makes it very hard because she does not discipline the kids nor does she teach ...

Mother Treats Me Differently because I Have an Older Boyfriend

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, September 25th, 2014
My parents recently found out about my boyfriend who is older than me. I am 19 and he is 32. We met three years ago and we clicked right away, but we were aware of the legal issues that would arise if we ...

I Think My Mom Is Having an Affair

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
It all started around last Christmas when my dad bought my mom a ipad, her text messages get sent to her iPad and one day her ringer went off that said she had a new message. My ...

Severe Paranoid Episode that Does Not Go Away

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
My wife is 35 and 6 months pregnant. She was admitted to a mental facility earlier this week because of a very severe episode of paranoia. The television was even talking to her and giving her clues about what was "going on." The doctor at ...

Problems Because of Parents but I Can’t Tell Them

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Sunday, September 14th, 2014
Half of my problems are because of my parents but I cant tell them because I know they have done so much for us. I have had issues with my mum since I was 9 or 10 years old, being called stupid...

I Keep Thinking About My Family Dying

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, September 11th, 2014
From Bangalore India: This all started when my grandpa passed away last year. I saw my grandpa die as they bought him home from the hospital. He came home and slept immediately, and he didn't wake up again. My uncle performed CPR, and I tried ...

Negative Thinking About My Mother

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
A few years my father passed away when I was in uni And we have a family business of a independent grocery store. My dad used to run everything and my life was pretty comfortable. I have a older brother and a older sister. My sister got married ...