Relationships Articles

I Suspect My Friend Is a Bit Sociopathic

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
From Croatia: In my first year of university I was a very shy insecure boy who had just started to live and study in a big city. I had just started to make friends, and as I didn't have any male friends there was one ...

My Past Eats Me Alive

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, February 2nd, 2015
I have a problem. More than two years I was doing a bad habit that not only hurt me, but also hurt others. At the time I wasnt aware that the thing I was doing was wrong. but now I am a little older, and ...

Disclosing Involvement During Time of Our Separation

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, February 2nd, 2015
Hello, thank you for taking the time to read this. I am currently in a relationship with my amazing boyfriend. This past summer, he broke up with me because he wanted each of us to find our true selves. We were separated for about 5 ...

Agitated in the Presence of Agitated People

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Sunday, February 1st, 2015
Hi! I'm wondering how to keep your calm around very agitated people. I can usually be peaceful in crowded/loud places no problem, but my mother-in-law is a very dynamic and anxious person, and whenever we have a conversation I feel exhausted and drained at the ...

My Boyfriend Might Be Bipolar

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, February 1st, 2015
I have dated my boyfriend for 1 year and 4 months. When we began dating he openly admitted he had anger issues but said he was angry because of past relationships with women, including his mother. We met online, then immediately went to instant messaging ...

He’s Dead But the Abuse Continues

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, January 31st, 2015
From the U.S.: Hi. My mom is 79. Her husband, my father, died this past September (25th). He was 82. They were married for 57 years, and my father was extremely abusive to her -- cheated on her for years and was physically and very ...

I Have Feelings for My Ex

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, January 30th, 2015
From the U.S.: I'm afraid that I'm losing feelings for my girlfriend. I feel that I still have feelings for my ex after she admitted to still having feelings for me almost 2 years later. My current gf and I have been together for almost ...

My Boyfriend Enjoys Toying with My Feelings

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, January 29th, 2015
My boyfriend enjoys toying with my feeling, humiliating me, keeping things from me. I started dating him, because of the way he courted me at first, such a gentleman. I opened up to him and told him everything about my life, however, he has kept ...

Adoption, Infidelity & Bipolar Disorder

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
My boyfriend and I have been together for 4 years. We have gone through an adoption together that was finalized in June '14. I've been suffering from depression but things have gotten better everyday. My boyfriend suffers from manic bipolar disorder and there have been ...

Discipline Issue with an Extremely Defiant 4-Year-Old

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Hello. My girlfriend has 2 boys ages 5 and 4. The 4-year-old is in a very big power struggle with her. He is urinating all over the house, shouts at her, and routinely disobeys. He can be physical at times with his brother and mother ...

Obsessed with a Celebrity

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Hello. I have a problem that I am seeking therapy for, but I would like another opinion. A bit of background info. About me: I have major depression & I suffer from anxiety attacks from time to time. I have been on a leave from ...

My Wife Doesn’t Show Me Love Anymore

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
From the U.S.: My wife and I have been married for 4 years now. We started to have issues about 2 years ago. I feel like since we have been officially and legally married that she doesn't care about me. First thing is, I tried to ...