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How to Answer Awkward Holiday Questions

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Sunday, February 8th, 2015
I have a question that Google/Bing can't answer. I was abandoned at the age of 4 and adopted by horrific, abusive parents (I have complex PTSD, among other issues). Although my abusive adoptive father died many years ago, I have been estranged from my also ...

Scared of Getting Help and Not Sure How

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, February 8th, 2015
My mom and I have had issues for four years. They keep getting worse no matter what I try to do. She makes me feel worthless and yells at me over every simple mistake I make. She tells me I'm not going to have a ...

Afraid of Everything

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Saturday, February 7th, 2015
My husband announced he is leaving us. He says that I have been taking advantage of him for being under his Health Insurance, not saving money, not being a good housewife, etc. I have always worked full time. I started having GAD and depression. I ...

My Fiance Is Outdated in His Thinking

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, February 7th, 2015
From India: Hello, I am 23 yrs old. I have been in a relationship for the past 2 yrs. My family supports it too and are happy about it. But my fiance is very possessive and moreover very outdated in thinking. I am a more ...

I Don’t Know What Is Wrong With Me

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Friday, February 6th, 2015
It is my third and final year at university, in both the first and second years I was working at a first level. This year however, no matter what I do I can't concentrate or get motivated in the slightest. I have had constant anxiety ...

Very Odd Episode

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Friday, February 6th, 2015
Earlier this year (mid February) I quit my job to start a business. I got so consumed with it that I stopped attending college, reasoning with myself that quitting both school and job would allow me to focus on my business. I went nonstop on ...

I Can’t Stop Smoking Weed

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, February 5th, 2015
From the U.S.: I can't do this on my own, have no idea where to even go or what to do anymore. I've been smoking weed and cigs since 2009, I have been actively trying to quit for a year. I can't go a day ...

My Son Has Totally Changed

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
From the U.S.: Our son had always been warm and close in our family growing up. He is very smart and had a great childhood. He went away to get his PhD and marriage. About 3 years ago there was a huge change in his ...

Trouble Dealing with My Own Past

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
I had a great childhood but my transition to adolescence was terrible to say the least. I isolated myself and had none of the normal adolescent behaviors, had very few friends and spent most of my time studying. This situation worsened when I went to ...

Strange Thoughts

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
I'm 13 years old right now, but this is a problem that's been recurring for a few years now. I'm prone to day dreaming, I have a few imaginary friends. I often talk with them, and when I'm not i imagine my friends and I ...

Mother In-Law Acts Out and Is Faking Pregnancy

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
I'm writing on behalf of myself and my three sisters in law; Our 56 year old MIL has been diagnosed with anxiety in the past, and wants constant attention from everyone in her family, and behaves very disruptively to get it. According to her parents, siblings, ...

I Suspect My Friend Is a Bit Sociopathic

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
From Croatia: In my first year of university I was a very shy insecure boy who had just started to live and study in a big city. I had just started to make friends, and as I didn't have any male friends there was one ...
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