Illegal drugs/alcohol abuse Articles

My Therapist Didn’t Show Up

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, August 30th, 2014
From the U.S.: I don't know how to handle my therapist not showing up to my first appointment with her. I've been crying all day, and had to have a beer and shot of tequila because I felt everything I already think about women and ...

Will My Paranoia Lead to Schizophrenia?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Yesterday I was diagnosed with paranoia, and I started on Saphris. I'm worried that my paranoia will eventually lead to having schizophrenia. I am 16 now, and will be 17 in 2 weeks. I have an older sister who is schizophrenic, which means I could ...

I Don’t Know What’s Wrong. Mum Drinks and I’m Scared.

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
I will sum everything up quickly, over the past four or more years my mum has been drinking heavily and my dad works away so he has no power to help, my mum is abusive and very scary when she is drunk. She ...

Did I Make a Huge Mistake?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
From the U.S.: I'm 44 and have a 15 yr history with husband. We have a 13 yo son with some special needs. Been through hell with this man, who started using crack before our son was 2, abusive while using. Verbally/emotionally and some physical. ...

Double Standard About Substance Abuse

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, August 22nd, 2014
From the U.S.: Last year around Christmas, my boyfriend and I went out drinking with friends. We had a blast. Unfortunately, when we got back to our hotel room, we got into a verbal fight and he ended up kicking me in the face. I ...

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 ...

Feeling Disconnected

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, July 24th, 2014
I've been dealing with severe depression and anorexia for around 3 years and because of it I have always felt exhausted and cranky but just recently (within the past 6 months) I have been having other issues. I am so fatigued that even walking is ...

I Feel I Am a Psychopath

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
I am 17 years old, and I have been called rather a sociopath from the perspective of other people. Since I was a child, I have been in and out of trouble (being kicked out of school for illegal drugs, fighting, etc.) but I always ...

Am I Depressed Due to Parents Drinking?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Hi, I'm a seventeen year old girl concerned about my mental health. My parents drink sometimes. My dad becomes violent and annoyingly strict when he's drunk, and we fight a lot. My mom becomes weak and she ...

Boyfriend’s First Psychotic Break

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Hello! For the past few months everything was going fine in my two year relationship with my boyfriend. He's my best friend, boyfriend, and lover, and we've been very much in love. Everything was normal, he works, I go to school, we go on dates ...

I Feel Like I’m Going Crazy

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
From a California teen: Ever since about 4 months ago I have lived through the worse time of my life.(prior to that when I was around 14 I started going through a depression which has lasted 3 years until now.) I started having intrusive thoughts ...

Can She Protect Her Grandson?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, July 13th, 2014
From the U.S.: My daughter in law has mental health issues. I've watched my grandson since he's 3 months old. Dealing with my daughter in law has been a struggle, and I don't know what to do. At first, I was shocked about her mothering, ...