Personality Articles

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 My Fathers Absence Affect My Development?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, August 22nd, 2014
My parents split up when I was ten years old. They got divorced legally when I was fifteen years old. From the ages of ten to fifteen I lived with my mother and I only briefly saw my father three times that I can remember. What ...

Never Feeling Love Enough

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
I have a constant need for love that is never satisfied. I ask for hugs and physical contact and attention constantly, even though I have a strong and loving environment. I feel as though I have an empty hole in my stomach that can only ...

Traits or a Personality Disorder?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, August 18th, 2014
How can you know if you have a particular disorder, say Narcissistic Personality Disorder or Borderline Personality Disorder, or if you only display some of those personality traits? Is it common for most people to display behavioral traits of several personality disorders?...

Anxiety When Receiving Praise

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
I would like to know how to stop feeling anxious when receiving praise. When I was growing up, praise I got was deflected by my mom, and then when it was just the two of us later, she'd snap at me and tell me I ...

Mother Causing Money Stress

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, August 9th, 2014
My mother has been talking bad about me to family members because I sent my son on vacation with two-hundred dollars. He receives income from his deceased father, and she thinks the child should receive half each month. She said he will resent me later. ...

Should I Leave My Baby Temporarily?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, July 27th, 2014
I have a 5 month old baby,and plan to leave for military basic training when she is 8 months old. I planned to leave her with her Grandmother and her father, both in which she has seen everyday since the day she was born. Her ...

Can’t Stop Thinking about Men Hurting Me

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, July 26th, 2014
I constantly make up scenarios in my head about a school teacher I had 8 years ago, each one contains an accident where he hits me or a misunderstanding whereby I think he's going to hurt me. In these scenarios the school teacher has to ...

Anxiety, Depression, Chronic Insomnia

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, July 25th, 2014
Hello. My name is Mila. For as long as I can remember, I've always been a very anxious person. I am also a loner, spend most of my time by myself, a typical introvert. I have been taking Xanax for a while and it was ...

Marital Issue

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Thursday, July 24th, 2014
My husband owns a business and as a result his work is out of balance. He is not meeting my emotional, relational and spiritual needs. He comes home so exhausted that he has nothing left for me. I cooked him a gourmet meal last night ...

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 ...

My Parents and I Disagree

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, July 20th, 2014
I’ve recently told my Jehovahs Witness parents that I don’t believe in god and my dad is depressed and my parents feel like failures I don’t know what to do. I feel like its my fault but I would’ve had to tell them sooner or ...