Medical issues Articles

Sudden Paralysis

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
I suddenly freeze. Cannot move, except eyeballs. Cannot talk, my tongue plants itself on the roof of my mouth, and then my jaw drops. I am in whatever position I was in sometimes for over a hour. Other people can move me, but I will ...

Imaginary Friend that Is Real

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Friday, September 26th, 2014
Hi have lots of problems in my life, Since my divorce I've been hearing voices for 11 years and sometimes getting to this stage where I don't know if I'm a sleep or not and scary things happen, but my problem is I have this ...

Sensory Issues, Anger and Anxiety Problems

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
I seem to be overwhelmed with problems. I tend to get very irritated at almost anything and I'm not sure what the cause of it is. I can't think straight and I have a very hard time focussing on anything. I feel overwhelmed ...

I Can’t Stop Thinking About My Thought

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, September 13th, 2014
From the U.S.: I am currently in a stressful time in my life. I have cystic fibrosis and am on the lung transplant list -- been listed since April. I have had ups and downs of stress my entire life dealing with the disease, but ...

I Have Anger, Headaches and Excessive Crying

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
From Denmark: I'm 14. 4-5 months ago I started getting irregular and random headaches, and recently I have been getting mood swings. I get raging angry over normal things, and get the urge to break/smash/bite things. I also start crying when I'm not upset. I've ...

Burning Mind

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, August 24th, 2014
Hello, Am not too sure if this site can answer my question but here's my situation. Every night, I have intense dreams or nightmares that takes it tolls on my mind every morning when I wake up. I feel a burning sensation in the back of my ...

Bipolar or Some Other Mood Disorder?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
I've been experiencing symptoms that align with bipolar but could also align with a number of other mood disorders. I'm not looking for a conclusive diagnosis, more a probability of a diagnosis. Here's a list of symptoms to help you answer this question. Periods of high ...

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. ...

Violation of Mental Health Privacy and How to Rebuild Trust

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, August 21st, 2014
I spoke to a psychiatrist at the request of my doctor to fill out a form for my employer. That doctor mailed form, wrote a letter disclosing my diagnosis' and the psychiatrists notes and recommendations to my employer without my ...

Worried that My Sister May Not Survive the Stress

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
I am desperately trying to help my sister, whose life is out of control with no way out that she can see. I fear for her mental and physical health. First, she is in a terrible marriage but her husband has health issues ...

Anxiety and Gastroenteritis

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
From the US: Back around April/May I was having chest pains for a couple weeks. When I asked my doctor about it, he told me that I had gastroenteritis and said that it was probably caused by a warm weather virus with the changing season ...

Fighting Hypothyroidism

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
From the UK: I'm a 28 year year old female suffering from Hypothyroidism. I am really down because I am really overweight and when I'm down like this, I just comfort eat. This causes me to feel even more down so then I just eat ...