Family Articles

Can She Protect Her Grandson?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, July 13th, 2014
From the U.S.: My daughter in law has mental health issues. I've watched my grandson since he's 3 months old. Dealing with my daughter in law has been a struggle, and I don't know what to do. At first, I was shocked about her mothering, ...

Homicidal Thoughts Not Controlled by Me

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Friday, July 11th, 2014
I'm 17 and currently diagnosed with bi-polar mania and depression. I live in a residential home due to my mental illness but I'm close to returning home. My Issue: I think I have 2 separate brains - the big one is mine that I control and ...

I Got Postportum Depression and Did Something Horrible

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
From the U.S.: Me and my boyfriend have been dating two and a half years and in December 2013 I gave birth to our little boy. A week after having my son I got postportum depression and did something horrible. My ex boyfriend wrote my ...

Should I Seek Professional Help?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
I'm going to be seventeen in a few months, and I have been dealing with mental issues for years now. I battled self-harm, suicidal tendencies, hatred and severe aggression towards myself and everyone else, etc. for years. My parents are unaware of that because I ...

Can’t Get Myself to Let it Go

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
For seven years I've been struggling with the reality that I was abused by my brother. No one knows the full extent (or even half, for that matter) because I was trying so hard to protect them ...

How to Help a Bipolar Schizophrenic

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
My mother has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and severe bi-polarism for several years. Since my dad divorced her she has ran through all the money she was awarded. She has been living with my grandparents who can no longer handle the stress and cannot financially ...

My Mother Doesn’t Understand Who I Am

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
From the U.S.: I am now a rising sophomore, but am being treated like I graduated elementary school. My mother and I do not understand each other at all. Firstly, we have very different mindsets. My mom was raised in Somalia, so she was a teenager ...

He’s Reluctant for Our Children to Meet

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, July 5th, 2014
From the UK: I've been with my boyfriend for over 7 months now and I've only met his children twice. He stays at my home twice a week and gets on with my children, I asked him about a month ago if he thought it ...

I’m Too Dependent on My Mom and Boyfriend

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, July 5th, 2014
Hello, when I was 16 I was diagnosed with generalized Social Anxiety. I dropped out in the 8th grade because I didn't fit in and I was so worried about people judging me. My mom is getting social security for me she cooks, for me ...

My Step-Daughter Has Too Much Attitude

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, July 4th, 2014
From the U.S.: I have been with my partner and his daughter for more than 6 years, when I met her she was 2 years old. How can I not have resentment over my 9 year old step child when she always brings up that ...

Are Ups and Downs in Marriage Normal?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, July 4th, 2014
From Bulgaria: Me and my partner have a 10 month old daughter. We are both very tired, sleep deprived etc, you know all the stress that comes in a package with the joy of being a first time parent. When I met him 2 years ago ...

Conflicted Feelings Towards My Husband

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
From the U.S.: To give a little background, My husband and I have been married for 13 years. We have three young children...ages 3,8,11. Until recently I have been a stay at home mom for the entire marriage. In my perspective, We have had a ...