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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 ...

Reality Hitting Me at Random Times

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, December 1st, 2014
Hello, I've had this happen a few times in the last few months where I will be driving or some other mundane task and all of a sudden it's like a sudden realization of reality. I start to freak out and have what I think ...

Dual Relationship with Therapist Is a Mess

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, December 1st, 2014
From the U.S.: I have been in a dual relationship with my therapist for about 4.5 years, and things are falling apart and I don't trust her and I am becoming more afraid of confronting her. She has also befriended my boyfriend and is going ...

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 ...

I Was Molested by My Older Brother

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, November 30th, 2014
From the U.S.: I'm currently considering seeing a counselor but am somewhat discouraged because I'm not sure if it will actually help. I was molested by my older brother when I was in, I believe, the first grade. I've only recently started talking to close ...

Sudden Recurring Nightmares about Drowning

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Saturday, November 29th, 2014
I used to never get nightmares at all; my dreams were always either pleasant or they didn't make sense. However, about a month or two ago, I had this dream where I was on a bus that was going through this big ...

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 ...

My Boyfriend Has a Suspicious Nature

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, November 28th, 2014
From the U.K.: this is regarding my boyfriend...he doesnt believe me i feel...he always suspect me of being online chatting with somebody else...he will be checking my facebook messages my chat histories...always complaint me of being online late night even though i am not...because of ...

10-Year-Old Son Hoarding and Stealing

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, November 27th, 2014
We have had issues for a long time now with our now 10-year-old son hoarding food, garbage, etc. in his room. Also this is the second time he was caught stealing something. First time was from a friend, this time school. Another issue ...

Sadness About Love

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
I'm very depressed. I've been fixated and obsessed with the same woman for almost 30 years. I separated from my wife a year ago. This woman contacted me a few weeks ago. ...

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 ...