General Articles

Can I Improve My Understanding of Oral Communication?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, November 10th, 2014
I have trouble with oral communication, especially at work. When someone talks to me, it takes a count of two before I understand, longer if they are a stranger, I am stressed or under pressure. If it is oral instructions, I will forget ...

Mom Is Cheating…What Do I Do?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, November 9th, 2014
From Canada: Hi, I know that my mother is cheating on my dad. A few months ago, my sister heard on the phone with another man. The way she spoke to him was an immediate red flag. My sister told me and I believed her. ...

Mom Thinks My Boyfriend Is Abusive

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, November 9th, 2014
My boyfriend and I are both 16 years old. We have been dating for about a year I broke up with him once because I just got out of a 3 year relationship and wasn't ready to date again. But we got back together and ...

Voices Telling Me to Hurt People Close to Me, But Other Voices Telling Me to Harm Myself

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, November 8th, 2014
I am currently not sure of what is happening to me I constantly have thoughts of killing or severely injuring people close to me. However, another part of me is disgusted by these thoughts and wants me to kill myself to prevent any harm towards ...

Why Does Little Sister Act the Way She Does?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Saturday, November 8th, 2014
I'm about 18, and I just entered college, and I'm feeling real good about myself, after battling low self-esteem issues throughout my school years. Everything is always going great, until I ask my sister for a favor. ...

Could I Have a Disorder?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, November 7th, 2014
From the U.S.: It was pointed out to me that I could very well have a disorder. I do have feelings though it's just hard for me to express them and sometimes well most the time I feel like they aren't sincere. If I do ...

I Hate Everyone and I Want to Kill Everyone Who Pisses Me Off

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Friday, November 7th, 2014
I've never liked people because they are stupid in general and I was always treated like shit. I used to get shit, now I give it out. I was in a dull marriage. I left for another woman. She turned out to be a sociopath. Attacking ...

Relationship with My Mother

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, November 6th, 2014
I've been having problems with my mom. So I think this all started about four years ago when I was graduating high school. I was dating this girl at the time, my mom and I got along ...

How Do I Deal with Rejection?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, November 6th, 2014
From the U.S.: When I was little, my sister, who was my best friend, would do things like start a club with her imaginary friend and exclude me from it. When we were older, at our church, there were plenty of people her age to ...

I Want to Talk to People But I Don’t Want to Be Friends

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
I have always very self-conscious but after I got a boyfriend it became worse. I was terrified he would leave if I remained "fat" so I then limited myself to 320 calories a day until I plummeted from 120 lbs to 80 in about 3 ...

Emotional Intensity Disorder

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
My wife and I have been together for about 14yrs. I am deeply in love with her. Lately however; we have been fighting hard. It is taking a toll on me. I have in the past talked ...

I Turned Off My Emotions

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
From a 17-year-old female in France: Since about 4 years now I have the impression that something is wrong with me, psychologically. I have almost lost my ability to feel anything at all. I just turned off my emotions. I hardly feel any empathy. When ...