Family Articles

Confusion of Childhood

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
First, I will start with some info about me, I am 21 with 2 kids and engaged with the father. I previously was having thoughts that I had sexual intercourse when I was 4 with someone who was only a few years older, I remember bits ...

Why Does My Family Quarrel?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
From India: Hello doctor, I am the eldest daughter in the family.my father is a business man,mother is a house wife.i have two younger sisters.totally we are 5 in the house.there are disputes in the family every time since my childhood between father and mother.as the ...

Help Determining if My Cousin Is Schizophrenic

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
My cousin is a 56 year old who has been divorced twice. Had a few long and serious relationships, maybe lasting at the most 2/3 years. Is currently living alone. She has most recently become unemployed, a large source of stress for her, as her ...

I Need Help in Getting to a Therapist

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, July 21st, 2014
From the U.S. I'm 16 and I want to ask my mom to take me to see a professional therapist about a few mental disorders that I feel like I may have, but I just don't know how to go about it and some part ...

Unappreciated by Mother

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, July 21st, 2014
My grandmother passed away this week and had been in the hospital for 5 days, stroke, spent days at hospital and mother took nights.  Sister went on vacation. Grandmother passes and now I'm helping my mother with ...

My Mother’s Habits Worry Me

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, July 20th, 2014
From S. Africa: So my mum was in a car accident a few years ago and has permanent damage to her back and neck. She struggles to sleep because she's in pain and is often surrounded by technology. She only eats dinner and she only ...

My Parents and I Disagree

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, July 20th, 2014
I’ve recently told my Jehovahs Witness parents that I don’t believe in god and my dad is depressed and my parents feel like failures I don’t know what to do. I feel like its my fault but I would’ve had to tell them sooner or ...

My Daughter Believes Her Stuffed Bear Is Real

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, July 19th, 2014
From the U.S.: Our daughter is 6 and for Valentine's cupid brought her a large brown stuffed bear she named Chubbie. She is very attached to the bear and is quite adament the bear is real. Is has long detailed conversations with the bear and ...

Constant Arguing

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, July 19th, 2014
My partner and I have been together for 5 years and became parents really young. We were 18 at the time. Currently, we have been constantly arguing over the same issues. We have tried communicating and working things out, but for some reason we continuing ...

My Boyfriend Has a Strange Relationship with His Mother

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, July 18th, 2014
From S. Africa: I have been in a serious relationship with this guy for 2 years now. He is 28 and I am 29. He is Spanish and I am Zimbabwean. We met while working in South Africa where we both currently reside. As far ...

Mother’s Long-Term Depression

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Friday, July 18th, 2014
I am in desperate need of guidance! I am primarily my mothers only support system when it comes to family or friends. My only brother also suffers from great depression as does my mothers only sister....

Step-Daughter Is Afraid of Me

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, July 18th, 2014
My step-daughter said she is afraid of me. I know I am stricter than anyone else in her life and that when I raised my voice at my bio children she didn't like it. I do not hit her but if she throws a fit ...