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Does My Mother Have a Mental Illness Problem?

From Australia: I am losing hope and no one I contacted can give me help because no one knows what I’m going through which brings me here. I have no idea if my mother is ill or not, I feel very sorry for her because of this. She is a single and very lonely 55 year old. I still live with her, but planning to move out as soon as possible because of her...
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What Is the Definition of “Daddy Issues”?

From the : The “daddy issue” is a problem and no professionals seem to have done research on it or come up with an actual term for it. When I say”daddy issue” I mean a the effects on a child of a father is abusive, absent, in and out. Also, how and where to get help. Everyone has their opinion about what it is, but why isn’t there a professional talking about this problem?...
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My Friend’s Parents Won’t Help

From the : One of my best friend’s has depression. He doesn’t hide it anymore, and has expressed to his parents and friends that he wants help. We’re only 16, so we really can’t do that much on our own, but his parents are adamant against letting him get treated. After he tried to kill himself, they took him to a therapist or something, but they refuse to prescribe him to any anti-depressants. He...
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Adult Son with Asperger’s

Our son is 27 years old. He has had a rocky childhood and adult life. As a child he had problems getting along with others and was often in trouble at school although he has always done well academically. At the age of about 8 years, a psychiatrist suggested that he had Asperger’s. At the time, I didn’t think this was a correct diagnosis. However, after years of crisis after crisis, I am beginning...
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I Am Tired and Alone

I am from India but now in the USA for MBA. After divorcing I went back for the sake of kids. I thought that maybe divorce shall teach the importance of family to my former wife. She persisted with boyfriends (reason for divorce), more than one. The latest affair of my wife was brought to fore by my elder kid (14 years old). He understands and told me that “mom talks every night and...
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Adopted Child Is Wetting Her Pants

We are adopting a little girl who has never had issues with peeing her pants before. The father found out he wasnt the real father and just gave her up. I am related by blood to the girl and she knows us. But she has been having “accidents” a lot. We went out of town for a week and she was great! But started back to school today and the teacher called and told...
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Parents Want Me to Be Single

I have just begun my freshman year of college. Over the summer, my best guy friend and I realized we had feelings for each other and decided to begin a relationship. Even though we were going to different universities, we felt like we had nothing to lose and didn’t want to look back and wonder what it would’ve been like. We have been dating for four months now and have been able to visit...
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I Think I Have Social Anxiety

From a 15 year old in the UK: I think I have social anxiety, but my mum changes the subject whenever I ask her to get me tested for it. It takes me months to pick up the courage to try to speak to her about it, and every time I finally do it, she doesn’t help me. The first time I asked, she told me to not “talk wet”. She thinks that the...
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My Parents Aren’t Doing the Right Thing for Me

I have had school anxiety for my whole life, but in the past year it has escalated to a point where I can no longer attend. I’ve done medication, therapy, and now I’m in an outpatient program in replacement of school (for a few weeks.) I’ve been very verbal with my parents about how school makes me feel depressed, anxious, and suicidal. They don’t take me seriously and now my education is at risk....
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Depressed, Confused, Hateful, and Needy. Help!

I’ve been on antidepressants since I was six, and now I’m 15. Everything’s confusing me, and I don’t feel like I’m worthy of the title of depressed because I’m not showing things outwardly, except I’m starting to and I don’t know if it’s because I want attention or for some other reason. I always want attention from adults – I want them to listen to me without being paid, and I want them to...
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Obsessively Researching OCD

From Canada: I’ve thought for a while now I might have OCD, but I never wanted to tell anyone in case I was wrong, and anyway we really can’t afford therapy. But I’ve spent nearly all of my time when I should be doing other work researching OCD symptoms and reading the same articles on OCD over and over again. I’ve spent hours almost daily just going through all of these and monitoring all...
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I Think Something May Be Wrong with Me

I’ve always had problems with self-esteem, my weight, just me as a person in general. I grew up with only my mother and the times i spent with my father didn’t go well. He was abusive and strict and where i am from, there are no laws against beating children so there was nothing i could do to help myself. My mother had no problem with the way my father treated me because to...
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