PTSD Articles

Embarrassed In Front of Children

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, March 16th, 2014
I'm 24, mother of twin 5-year-old girls. I've always been outgoing, athletic, intelligent, very pretty, very competent. Never experienced depression. A week ago my husband took our daughters to the zoo while I stayed home to shop and relax. When I returned from shopping I ...

PTSD After Father’s Disappearance

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
I never knew my dad. When I was 12 (2007) my long-lost family (dad's side) contacts my mom and I. They tell us that my dad disappeared after receiving his suicide letter in the mail. They searched for him, but never found his body. Since ...

Traumatic Childhood Events & Self-Confidence

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, March 1st, 2014
Okay. This all started from when I was eight years old. My mom and step dad both worked a lot so they would have my cousin Amber babysit me. One day she kept me inside the house and pulled all of the blinds shut. ...

Nervous Jaw Clenching

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, February 2nd, 2014
In the past year I have begun clenching and popping my jaw and I just found out how noticeable it is to others. Apparently I also widen my eyes and jut out my jaw. My cousin showed me a picture she had taken and I ...

Angry Mood Swings

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, January 12th, 2014
I don't want to be like this anymore. I am an angry man. I was assaulted a year ago. It was violent. I have never been the same since. I use to be very peaceful, just sometimes sarcastic. Now I lash out. And I am ...

Is My Dissociative Amnesia Causing My GAD?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014
In short both of these are a complete self diagnosis. But basically I showed all the symptoms of PTSD from being bullied and manipulated in middle school and a period I reference as the worst 3 years of my life. But still the confusion from ...

Should I Go Back to Therapy?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, December 23rd, 2013
When I was younger I was diagnosed with a Major Depressive Disorder and PTSD. Over the years it has changed and I feel like I'm on a constant rollercoaster. Though I am happy with my life and on an anti-depressant it does not stop me ...

Can’t Stop Brother’s Abuse

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, December 16th, 2013
I'm 19 and my brother 17.We used to share a really good bond.He was my best friend until he began doing this and now i almost hate him. I'm from India and you have to understand here we don't usually have separate bedrooms for kids. My ...

My Trust Issues Are Destroying My Relationship

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, November 22nd, 2013
I have been dating a girl for about 5 months now and we dated 2 months after she broke up with her boyfriend of over a year. My childhood consisted of a father leaving my sister and I at age 8, a mother who was ...

Terrified of Becoming a Schizophrenic

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Thursday, November 21st, 2013
Ok well where do I start? I have been dealing with anxiety for about three years now. It started about 3 years ago after I interned at a hospital and was really stressed over getting hired there. I guess I should add that while working ...

Boyfriend Needs Help for PTSD

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
My boyfriend served in the Army for 8 years and was deployed several times. He now is a police officer and still sees a lot of action as it were. He is very much a manly man..he still acts like a soldier, men don't cry, ...

Imaginary Friends

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
I am in therapy for depression,ocd,anxiety,&ptsd. was abused by my mother as a child. I have been too embarrassed to ask my therapist about this. I have had imaginary friends my whole life, as a kid they were characters from tv shows like Fonzie, etc. ...