Relationships Articles

Bothered By an Incident of My Friend Deliberately Killing a Hamster

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
A close friend of mine, a grade school teacher, called me from the car on her way home from the last day of school before summer break. She sounds upset as she says, "You're not going to believe what I just did! We had a ...

Did I Make a Huge Mistake?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
From the U.S.: I'm 44 and have a 15 yr history with husband. We have a 13 yo son with some special needs. Been through hell with this man, who started using crack before our son was 2, abusive while using. Verbally/emotionally and some physical. ...

Double Standard About Substance Abuse

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, August 22nd, 2014
From the U.S.: Last year around Christmas, my boyfriend and I went out drinking with friends. We had a blast. Unfortunately, when we got back to our hotel room, we got into a verbal fight and he ended up kicking me in the face. I ...

Can’t Fall Asleep with Anyone But My Ex

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Thursday, August 21st, 2014
I have difficulties falling asleep when in bed with someone else. It has occurred with a handful of different men in different beds. I will either sleep for one or two hours or not at all. This has happened consistently for over four years all ...

He Keeps Bringing Up My Past

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
My husband and I have been together for 14 years. But through out these years we have separated numerous times. But when we officially got married my husband still cheated on me with numerous women. I left and divorced him. We got back together 5 ...

I Hate My Boyfriend’s Daughter

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
From the U.S. My boyfriend and I started dating over 3 years ago. He is 29 with an 8 year old daughter. I'm 25. She was 5 when we first met and we got along great. About a year and a half into our relationship ...

My Boyfriend has Psycho-Jealousy

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, August 17th, 2014
My hunny and i have been dating for 3 great months. This is the man i can see myself marrying. He is an amazing guy great heart and treats me like a queen. but because of his past and trust issues, he thinks all women ...

How Do I Restore Self-Esteem?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
From Egypt: I had a relation with a younger guy. For the first few weeks, everything was wonderful when we were meeting over weekends. We shared many thoughts and memories as well and we seemed to be nice and supporting each others. We also had ...

Friend Has Recurring Thoughts of Suicide

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, August 11th, 2014
From the U.S.: A friend of mine has been a slave to her depression and anxiety for the past few years. She also has an eating disorder. She has become in danger of suicide more and more often in the past month. Each time I ...

Recurring Deaths

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, August 11th, 2014
I'm a 23 year old woman who has recently been thrown into a huge amount of responsibility due to the death of my father-and roughly a week later, the death of my mother. In Summer of 2013 my father was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer ...

Is My Girlfriend Over Me?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, August 10th, 2014
I asked her friend if she is done with me and she said she has been busy with work and soccer that she forgot about me and moved on. I went on vacation or 2 weeks and this is what happened. She said she felt ...

I Don’t Feel Special to Him

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, August 8th, 2014
My boyfriend and I have been together for 11 months. In the past month 2-3 months he has steadily stopped talking to me like he used to. He doesn't text me no more or call me no more. When I'm around him, he is always ...
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