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Did I Make a Huge Mistake?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
From the U.S.: I'm 44 and have a 15 yr history with husband. We have a 13 yo son with some special needs. Been through hell with this man, who started using crack before our son was 2, abusive while using. Verbally/emotionally and some physical. ...

Did My Fathers Absence Affect My Development?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, August 22nd, 2014
My parents split up when I was ten years old. They got divorced legally when I was fifteen years old. From the ages of ten to fifteen I lived with my mother and I only briefly saw my father three times that I can remember. What ...

Length of Therapy Concern

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Friday, August 22nd, 2014
I've been reading a lot about therapy not needing to last very long. I just started seeing someone and I'm terrified of letting myself trust her. I'm afraid she will tell me we are done with therapy before I'm ready....

Double Standard About Substance Abuse

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, August 22nd, 2014
From the U.S.: Last year around Christmas, my boyfriend and I went out drinking with friends. We had a blast. Unfortunately, when we got back to our hotel room, we got into a verbal fight and he ended up kicking me in the face. I ...

Can’t Fall Asleep with Anyone But My Ex

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Thursday, August 21st, 2014
I have difficulties falling asleep when in bed with someone else. It has occurred with a handful of different men in different beds. I will either sleep for one or two hours or not at all. This has happened consistently for over four years all ...

Violation of Mental Health Privacy and How to Rebuild Trust

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, August 21st, 2014
I spoke to a psychiatrist at the request of my doctor to fill out a form for my employer. That doctor mailed form, wrote a letter disclosing my diagnosis' and the psychiatrists notes and recommendations to my employer without my ...

Are My Son’s Tantrums Normal?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, August 21st, 2014
From the U.S.: Sometimes my son mid-tantrum will transform into a very scary calm obsequious mode. Should he be looked at? Usually my son will throw tantrums that we feel are normal for a 5 year old. But once in a while, I think when ...

Never Feeling Love Enough

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
I have a constant need for love that is never satisfied. I ask for hugs and physical contact and attention constantly, even though I have a strong and loving environment. I feel as though I have an empty hole in my stomach that can only ...

He Keeps Bringing Up My Past

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
My husband and I have been together for 14 years. But through out these years we have separated numerous times. But when we officially got married my husband still cheated on me with numerous women. I left and divorced him. We got back together 5 ...

Is It a Bad Thing to Leave Everything Behind?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
I'm 20 & I have kinda been thinking about getting up and leaving everything behind. I don't really have much obligations. I just feel like for whatever reason I didn't have a good running start at life & I should just leave this life, friends, ...

I Hate My Boyfriend’s Daughter

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
From the U.S. My boyfriend and I started dating over 3 years ago. He is 29 with an 8 year old daughter. I'm 25. She was 5 when we first met and we got along great. About a year and a half into our relationship ...

Traits or a Personality Disorder?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, August 18th, 2014
How can you know if you have a particular disorder, say Narcissistic Personality Disorder or Borderline Personality Disorder, or if you only display some of those personality traits? Is it common for most people to display behavioral traits of several personality disorders?...
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