Grief & Loss Articles

I Feel Caged in My Own Body

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, October 27th, 2014
From a 19-year-old woman in S. Africa: Recently I got out of a 4-year drug influenced relationship but the feelings I had for him faded away after about a year but he kept me caged in because of the drugs, I was his money bank. ...

Repeating Names in Head, Inner Dialogue

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, October 25th, 2014
Ever since my cousin died on my birthday two weeks ago, I been having a lot of mental issues. I am not sure if it is related to my PMDD, Anxiety, or my OCD but I have been repeating a few certain names throughout the ...

Issues with My Long-Term Girlfriend and Mother

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, October 20th, 2014
From the U.S.: I recently moved to Philadelphia to be with my girlfriend after we have had a long distance relationship for 5 years. I have always had an issue saying no to my mother being somewhat of emotional support system for her since my ...

Random Flashbacks that Don’t Seem to be Triggered by Anything Specific

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, October 16th, 2014
There are moments in my day that I'll completely stop what I'm doing and have a flashback for maybe a max of 5 seconds. I'll just stand there, blank and motionless. I can feel myself doing it, it just takes me a second to snap ...

Relationship Anxiety

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, October 13th, 2014
Just a quick background, im 29 never met my father and lost my mother to cancer when i was 16. Ive always had a hard time with relationships it seems, recently i have started seeing a girl i have had a past relationship ...

My Husband Committed Suicide 3 Weeks Ago

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
My husband and I shared a long distance relationship for 6 years due to his employment 2500 miles away and my responsibilities here. We were married for 3 of those 6 years. We did the back and forth thing for the 6 years and finally ...

My Husband Sees Dead People

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, October 4th, 2014
My husband's mother died 2 years ago, but yesterday he told me that he had an hour long conversation with her. He said he's been seeing her everywhere, and that she's trying to tell him something. He also said that's he's been hearing voices who ...

I Keep Thinking About My Family Dying

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, September 11th, 2014
From Bangalore India: This all started when my grandpa passed away last year. I saw my grandpa die as they bought him home from the hospital. He came home and slept immediately, and he didn't wake up again. My uncle performed CPR, and I tried ...

Negative Thinking About My Mother

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
A few years my father passed away when I was in uni And we have a family business of a independent grocery store. My dad used to run everything and my life was pretty comfortable. I have a older brother and a older sister. My sister got married ...

Accepting Death

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
I fell asleep next to my little brother and then as I closed my eyes I started to cry because I realized that one day he's gonna die and it's inevitable and I cant stop it and I couldn't stop crying for at least an ...

I’m Not Happy

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, August 25th, 2014
I really hope I get an answer because it'll go a long way to help me out in life. And in my part of the world therapy isn't too common so life's problems are blamed on several other weird stuff. I am 21 and it ...

Feeling Numbness When Thinking of My Father Who Passed Away

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Sunday, August 17th, 2014
My father passed away two and a half years ago. I suffered from depression on and off over the past two years, though I thought it was related to school pressure (looking back, I'm not so sure). I did have the random bouts ...
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