Family Articles

Depression, Anxiety & Eating Disorder

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, December 7th, 2014
Lately I've been very depressed. I havent eaten in 2 days because I can't and I've been cutting everyday this past week. I'm having severe panic attacks and I have suicidal thoughts. I hate feeling like this and I cant control my emotions. I want ...

Mother–In-Law has Possible Personality Disorder

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, December 6th, 2014
My husband and I got married. Her behavior and the way she is forced me to stay in my closet sized room while I was living there and it triggered my first experience with depression. Her behavior and the fact that she caused me to ...

What Illness Could My Mother Have and How Do We Cope?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Friday, December 5th, 2014
My mom has always displayed very unusual behaviors that have raised havoc on our family. She acts feeble, has a victim mentality, and always needs to be different. If we go to a restaurant, she wears a fur coat in 90 degree weather, ...

I’m Not Sure What’s Wrong with Me

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, December 5th, 2014
Hi, I'm a 28 year old female. For the past year and a half I've been getting worse my fiance doesn't want to listen to me. Growing up I was a happy loving kid. Got along with everyone, my senior year I lost my best ...

Daughter Mean to Her Brother

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
My 13-year-old treats her 11 year-old brother poorly much of the time. She won't let him in her room, responds in a mean way when he tries to talk to her or asks her a question, and is just generally nasty to him much of ...

12 Years Old and Wondering, Am I Going Mad?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
From Australia: I’m 12 years old and started year 7 in February and I guess it’s always tough for everyone right now. I know this but I think that what I’m going through will never go away. It’s been going on for 2 or 3 ...

Is It Ok that My Father Asks Me for a Hug When No One’s Around?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, November 30th, 2014
I'm from India, aged 23. My father is a good man. He has never done any such thing to me, but I still don’t understand, is it ok if he asks me for a hug (and ya, "at times", a tight hug)? I mean just ...

Desire to Be Sexual with Mom

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, November 28th, 2014
From Romania: A little about me first: I'm not a virgin. I had sex about fifty times with two girls since I was 16. I no longer interact with them. I used to masturbate frequently, but I stopped 2 months ago as an experiment. I don't ...

I Need Help/Advice

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, November 28th, 2014
From the U.S.: Married 18 years...separated 3 months due to his drug use and abusive behavior. I as well as he knew he would not be welcomed at my sisters home, which is where me and our 16 yr old daughter are now staying in ...

Brothers Showed Sexual Interest in Me

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
From Kuwait: When I was about 12, my older brother would want to hang out and watch movies and stuff, while we were watching he would pull his penis out. He wouldn't really do anything or try to touch me, it was just there and ...

I Should Be Happy for My Boyfriend But I’m Not

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
My boyfriend has a very complicated family. No one in his family has seen a happy, healthy marriage or relationship. His dad has always cheated on his mom. She claims to stay due to financial reasons and due to the children being young. They are ...

Burn Victim and Not Happy with My Life

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, November 24th, 2014
I'm 15 years old. When I was 13 I was in a bad accident where 30% of my body was burned with 3rd degree burns. Every since that day, I have thought about the accident. My mother is in debt because of me ...