Family Articles

Issues with My Long-Term Girlfriend and Mother

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, October 20th, 2014
From the U.S.: I recently moved to Philadelphia to be with my girlfriend after we have had a long distance relationship for 5 years. I have always had an issue saying no to my mother being somewhat of emotional support system for her since my ...

Dealing with Sister’s Cyclical Relationship

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Friday, October 17th, 2014
I'm no longer sure how to deal with sister who is in a cyclical relationship. My sister has been in an on-and-off relationship for the past 2-3 years. The boyfriend seems to be using her for monetary ...

Why Am I Never Content?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, October 17th, 2014
I started dating my husband when I was 15, I am 27 now. We have been married and living together for 2 years now, and I should be happy... Right? I mean, I have all the things a woman my age should want... but I ...

Boyfriend’s Daughter Says I’m Evil

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, October 16th, 2014
From the U.S.: My boyfriend was recently separated when we met 1.5 years ago. They are still in process of the divorce and he has full custody of two kids, a girl now 14 and boy now 12. We waited about 7 months before the ...

The Whole World Seems like It’s Against Me

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
This started around 1 or 2 years ago. My parents had got a divorced and my dad started seeing this girl, that was around four years ago. The girl was nice to me and my brother, who is about a year older than ...

Husband Smokes Pot and I Am Not OK with It

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Saturday, October 11th, 2014
My husband and I have been together for almost 20 years. We have had a considerable amount of problems in our marriage due to emotional baggage from dysfunctional family issues and previous relationships. My husband knows that smoking pot is not acceptable to me and I ...

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 ...