Grief & Loss Articles

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 ...

Recurring Deaths

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, August 11th, 2014
I'm a 23 year old woman who has recently been thrown into a huge amount of responsibility due to the death of my father-and roughly a week later, the death of my mother. In Summer of 2013 my father was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer ...

Does My Mother Show Signs of ADHD?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
From the U.S.: My mother, age 85 and widowed, is physically healthy. But when I speak to her on the phone, she always bangs around pots and pans and all sorts of items, and answers me with little "hmm"s that tell me she isn't really ...

My Long Distance Boyfriend has Gone Off the Grid

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
Hi, I'm early 50's, divorced 10 years, date often, and had a couple of long term relationships. I'm friends with my ex, have great adult kids, and figured that if "my forever guy" existed - someday I would run into ...

Do I Tell My Kids About the Death of a Pet?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
From the U.S.: My kids have been visiting my sister and while they were gone I ran over our pet tortoise, I am sickened by this and don't know if I should tell them or not. Is it too much for them to think about ...

I am Hurt and Ashamed, and So Are My Parents and Sibling

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, July 28th, 2014
My parents have always been ashamed of me because I married the man that they did not want me to marry. And after almost 20 years of my marriage, I ended up in a divorce. My parents' reaction was mixed -- they were ...

Unappreciated by Mother

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, July 21st, 2014
My grandmother passed away this week and had been in the hospital for 5 days, stroke, spent days at hospital and mother took nights.  Sister went on vacation. Grandmother passes and now I'm helping my mother with ...

I’ve Been Depressed Since Returning from Summer Camp

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, July 6th, 2014
From a 15 year old girl in the U.S.: I am a counselor in training at a local stay over camp. This past summer was possibly the best. I took care of girls, I got to be myself, and I got to make friends with ...

Conflicted Feelings Towards My Husband

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
From the U.S.: To give a little background, My husband and I have been married for 13 years. We have three young children...ages 3,8,11. Until recently I have been a stay at home mom for the entire marriage. In my perspective, We have had a ...

I Feel like I’m Losing Grip

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
First of all, I didn't know which topic to put it under, since it also involves my husband, and the other, that being psychosis, but since I'm the person feeling it, I believe it should be psychosis. Allow me to explain-both me and my husband ...

I Don’t Think There’s Anything Wrong with Me

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
I'm not trying to get attention. I don't want to be labeled with depression or some other mental disorder. I used to be sad, it's something I've dealt with since 5th grade when we moved here. Then my dad died when I was ...
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