Parenting & Children Articles

Mother with Hoarding Disorder Is Tearing Up the Family

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, December 24th, 2014
From Croatia: I'm 21-years-old, and my mother is 51. My whole life I've been witnessing her being just crazy about collecting everything, from cans to old, warn-out clothes. As I grew, I always was the strongest one to confront her and not let her ruin ...

Boarding School Issues

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014
I chose to leave home and study abroad at boarding school when I was eight. I have been living away from family for the past 16 years. I regret this decision and blamed myself. Over the past 16 years, I have not been very happy ...

My Dad’s Unkind Words

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, December 21st, 2014
My dad is so unkind to me. He always calls me mean names like retard and bitch and fat. He tries to be a good father but nothing ever works and I can't take being near him anymore. My mom tries to get him to ...

How Do I Fix My Life?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, December 19th, 2014
I'm 17 and I can't talk to girls, I don't like talking to people except a select few that are my friends and I guess it's because of me being fat and disliked by pretty much everyone in my middle school (never bullied, was too ...

My Husband Is Cheating Again

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, December 19th, 2014
From the U.S.: My husband and I moved to Texas 1 year ago and so he could be near his family. But as of recently he started seeing someone else again. I've have no family or friends around I'm a stay-at-home mom-of-3. I'm trying to ...

Emotional Abuse from Her Therapist?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Several weeks ago my wife of two years asked me for a divorce. I was shocked -- I'd thought things had been going well. Not two weeks before she had gushed to me about how excited she was to have a future with children and ...

I Think I Have ADD

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, December 12th, 2014
I'm really forgetful and absent minded and as a writer I can never bring myself to finish my own projects because I get bored and try to start a new one. At school I'm terrible at math because the teacher will explain the formulas to ...

Mother Is Depressed

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
My mother has had a terrible childhood. Her father was always drunk and she witnessed him beat her brothers because he was jealous that his wife (my mom's mother) was paying too much attention to them. My mother also grew in intense poverty (she fixed ...

My Dad Watches Me at Night

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, December 5th, 2014
From a 15 year old in the U.S.: During my sleep, sometimes my hand is inside in my shorts. Or sometimes inside my underwear unconsciously. I am not sure how this started. Anyways, I was sleeping and felt like someone was watching me. So, I ...

I’m Not Sure What’s Wrong with Me

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, December 5th, 2014
Hi, I'm a 28 year old female. For the past year and a half I've been getting worse my fiance doesn't want to listen to me. Growing up I was a happy loving kid. Got along with everyone, my senior year I lost my best ...

Daughter Mean to Her Brother

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
My 13-year-old treats her 11 year-old brother poorly much of the time. She won't let him in her room, responds in a mean way when he tries to talk to her or asks her a question, and is just generally nasty to him much of ...

12 Years Old and Wondering, Am I Going Mad?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
From Australia: I’m 12 years old and started year 7 in February and I guess it’s always tough for everyone right now. I know this but I think that what I’m going through will never go away. It’s been going on for 2 or 3 ...
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