Family Articles

My Adult Kids Insist on Having Dogs that Make Me Sick

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, August 15th, 2014
From the U.S.: I have severe asthma to dogs--no breeds are possible. My children grew up knowing this, my daughter has witnessed an anaphylactic episode that I had once. My ex-husband has history of downplaying this problem, has problems with true empathy or sympathy (possible ...

Worried that My Sister May Not Survive the Stress

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
I am desperately trying to help my sister, whose life is out of control with no way out that she can see. I fear for her mental and physical health. First, she is in a terrible marriage but her husband has health issues ...

Step-Dad’s Boundaries Aren’t Okay

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
From the U.S: I'm a little curious. I'm 17. I have this step-dad who seems to be rather fond of me but I cannot tell if this is normal or not. Anyway, here's the gist of it, once or twice, he asked me if I'll ...

Abusive Mother

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
I am coming to this page because I have nowhere else to turn. My whole life my mother has been very impatient, belittling, and narcissistic. As a child, I thought her actions were normal but the older I got, the more aware I became of ...

Recurring Deaths

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, August 11th, 2014
I'm a 23 year old woman who has recently been thrown into a huge amount of responsibility due to the death of my father-and roughly a week later, the death of my mother. In Summer of 2013 my father was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer ...

Mother Causing Money Stress

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, August 9th, 2014
My mother has been talking bad about me to family members because I sent my son on vacation with two-hundred dollars. He receives income from his deceased father, and she thinks the child should receive half each month. She said he will resent me later. ...

I Have A Strong Urge To Kill People

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, August 7th, 2014
My step-sister has been here a week now (she lives with her mother) and at night she always falls asleep before me. While she's asleep I get this strong urge to go get a knife from the kitchen and just stab her to death. No, ...

Am I Making Too Much of What Happened to Me?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, August 4th, 2014
From India: There are a no. Of issues: 1. When I was a little girl, I was pretty cute and many guys took advantage of me, even my cousin used to slide his hands under my top. In a public place once a man slid ...

My Mother Abuses My Younger Siblings

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, July 31st, 2014
From the U.S.: How do I handle my mother's frequent age-inappropriate behavior and questionable parenting techniques? As you read, it is important to keep in mind that my mother’s public persona of "caring and attentive parent" is carefully constructed and presented in the presence of ...

Suppression of Emotions Concerning My In-Laws

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, July 31st, 2014
I think my emotions are suppressed and its taking a toll on me and my relationship with my spouse. I can never say what I intend to say as the people around me do not accommodate that as I live with my in-laws. My privacy ...

Does My Mother Show Signs of ADHD?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
From the U.S.: My mother, age 85 and widowed, is physically healthy. But when I speak to her on the phone, she always bangs around pots and pans and all sorts of items, and answers me with little "hmm"s that tell me she isn't really ...

12-Year Old Viewing Odd Materials

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
Please help me as I am not sure where to go with this. A 12 old boy found inappropriate videos online. I check his electronics at random, and found a video of a girl being ganged up on and they put a baseball bat in ...