Ask the Therapist About Psychology - Page 2

Why Do I Engage in Attention-Seeking Behavior?

Hello. So here’s the thing: I noticed I’m an attention seeker a long time ago and I cannot understand why. My childhood has not been perfect, but it has been pretty good. My parent and my friends love me. I certainly can’t complain. I think even as I kid I’ve always wanted to be noticed but positively. As I grew older I started to want sympathy, perhaps even more than praise. I would often...
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There Seems to Be Something Wrong with My Brain

From 13 year old girl in Canada: I seem to alter my personality in mirror of who is with me. I feel like a different person, even if I don’t talk when I am around others. When I am alone I act more comfortably, more like myself; a little emotionless. I also have been hallucinating and hearing voices I’ve never known before, or strange things like aardvark-like creatures. I used to be a bit...
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Unable to Produce Results, Caught Up in a Huge Lie

I met a my best friend when I was 16 and we started dreaming of doing amazing things. We decided to go to France after highschool (we were 18) and study robotics and then later on founded an NGO about education. I have so much fun learning on my spare time with him all about robotics, and child psychology, how to create workshops to teach children about technology at a young age. All was...
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People Dislike Me for No Reason

From an 18 year old woman in India: From childhood, I’ve always been the kid nobody likes. In kindergarten, kids always formed groups to play without joining me. In primary school, my classmates called me by name which I didn’t understand. They were always rude to me without any reason. I hardly had one or two friends. Even they never invited me into their groups. I’m in high school now. Even now, my classmates...
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Self-Harm, Violent Thoughts, Sadism

From the United Kingdom: Ok, I’m having an issue with my mental health (I am seeing a counselor but that’s in three months and I’m a little desperate). I’m having violent thoughts and I’m enjoying it, I hurt myself because it feels good and I want to hurt others as weird as this sounds I want to show them the good feeling. The only reason I don’t is because of the Law, I’m incredibly...
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Why Do I Want to Feel Depressed?

There have been other questions on here like this but they all had different stories. I’m 15 and I don’t know why but I want to feel sad, I want to feel depressed. I have no idea why. Other sites have said its for me to pity myself, but I hate doing that. I just want to sit on my bed and cry over nothing sometimes. Is there something wrong with me? I always...
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My Girlfriend Is Bottled Up

From England: My girlfriend never wants to talk about what bothers her, instead she acts like she doesn’t care, and goes into denial. She is afraid of relationships and says to me “what is the point, if sooner or later one of us would #8221; She doesn’t open up, what can I do to make her open up? A: Thanks for your question. The first thing is to ask yourself an important question: Why...
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Trashy Husband

My husband has a problem putting his trash in the garbage can. My husband will eat snacks that have wrappers on them and throw the wrappers under the couch, behind the couch, in the book case or on top of the closet where our clean clothes are folded. I have confronted him with this issue for five years now. I ask him why can’t you put your trash where it belongs and he doesn’t...
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Help! I’ve Been Extremely Depressed, Anxious and Paranoid for Months Now

I think I should start off by saying I didn’t have a very good childhood. My parents divorced when I was 5, my dad was a meth addict, and my mom was always busy working to provide for us that I spent most of my time at my grandparents. I was overweight and very shy, and hardly even tried to make friends because of my lack of self confidence that caused me to always...
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I Need Advice on What to Do

I have been feeling a bit out of the loop lately. I constantly feel under a lot of pressure, and I don’t know how to cope properly. I ashamed to say that I have used “improper” ways of coping. I “coped” by relapsing (cutting), which I felt uncomfortable after a day or two because I hadn’t cut in a while. I “coped” by ignoring important and difficult tasks needed to be done and right...
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Worried Partner Has White Knight Syndrome

I’m divorced (6 years now) and dating a divorced man who seems to be a pretty great guy. However, I have some reservations. My SO is 11 years my senior, and was married for 17 yrs before having an affair with a woman 20 yrs his junior. He volunteered this information, saying he wanted me to know upfront. While I find it problematic, I empathize with the fact that his wife had denied him...
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