Grief & Loss Articles

Help Me Decide on a Diagnosis

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, April 17th, 2014
From New Jersey teen: I have epilepsy. After I got that my mental health declined dramatically. I stopped talking to all close friends. I don't want friends, or a girlfriend, I recently broke up with her. I have thoughts sometimes of wanting to hurt animals ...

I Feel Lost and Have No Sense of Direction

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
From the UK: I am young (17) and lost. This past year has been relatively depressing with the loss of a family member, moving out of one parent's to live with the other and the step family, failing to get a career/job amongst other problems. ...

Distinct Lack of Emotion

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, March 31st, 2014
Okay, here goes. Generally I feel ok but I've noticed recently that I just don't really have strong emotions, for example just last week my great aunt died and I wasn't sad, not at all or I just got an offer for my first job, ...

Moving On In Life as I Age

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
For the past few years I seem to be having a real difficult time accepting the fact that people move on in life, even if that means without me. I will explain briefly. Around 3 years ago I moved away from a city I lived in ...

My Daughter Misses Her Mother & I Don’t Know What to Do

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
My wife died 8 years ago from cancer. She died suddenly without warning. My daughter was only nine when she died. Her and her mother were really close. I did take the whole family to counseling. However my daughter refused to go and speak to ...

Scared to Face the World Again

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Dear Doctor, I have moved to another part of the world after love. Now that love has not worked out and i feel that i'm stuck in a situation that i can't control. I have done things which i am ashamed off, and i find it ...

Concentration Problems, Quick to Anger, Feeling Sad, Knowing That How I Feel Isn’t Normal

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, March 16th, 2014
My summary pretty much describes how I feel. My brother committed suicide in 2012 and I'm feeling like I understand how he was feeling and I feel like I'm feeling the same way. I'm frustrated with my work, my home life (though I love my ...

Therapist Says I’ve Not Grieved My Marriage

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, March 15th, 2014
I have been in therapy since 2008 when my then husband left me for a younger person. He was the love of my life. We didn't talk for over a year, then eventually we became friends again. Today my therapist told me that I hadn't ...

PTSD After Father’s Disappearance

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
I never knew my dad. When I was 12 (2007) my long-lost family (dad's side) contacts my mom and I. They tell us that my dad disappeared after receiving his suicide letter in the mail. They searched for him, but never found his body. Since ...

Grieving and Depressed Again

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, March 9th, 2014
I have been a widow over eight years, and have been treated for depression and anxiety on and off longer than that. As far as my grief is concerned, I was healing well. However, the past 6 months, my grief has come back with a ...

Disconnected from Mom

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
I don't feel a motherly connection to my mom. I would feel more comfortable talking and leaning on just a woman her age rather than her. She wasn't a BAD mom as I grew up. I always had what i needed pretty much. But she ...

Traumatic Childhood Events & Self-Confidence

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, March 1st, 2014
Okay. This all started from when I was eight years old. My mom and step dad both worked a lot so they would have my cousin Amber babysit me. One day she kept me inside the house and pulled all of the blinds shut. ...