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Help Me Decide on a Diagnosis

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, April 17th, 2014
From New Jersey teen: I have epilepsy. After I got that my mental health declined dramatically. I stopped talking to all close friends. I don't want friends, or a girlfriend, I recently broke up with her. I have thoughts sometimes of wanting to hurt animals ...

Why Do So Many People Hate Me?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
From the U.S.: I was emotionally and psychologically abused by my family and sometimes physically, bullied throughout grade, middle and high school, raped 3 times, stalked and bullied by my second rapist who fully penetrated me at 17 and got others to bully me with ...

My Husband Wants Me to Weigh 115 Pounds

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
My husband wants me to weigh 115 lbs at 5'8" and I keep trying to do it because i am afraid not to. This weight issue has existed since we were married in 1973. We have had an abnormal relationship through the births of 5 ...

I’m Obsessed with My Boyfriend’s Ex

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, April 13th, 2014
My boyfriend and I have been together for almost 2 years now, but a few months ago he called me by his ex's name. Ever since that I have been obsessing over her, i'm constantly on her Facebook page, checking out her pictures and making ...

I Want to Change Myself for the Better Because I Have Bad Sexual Issues

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, April 7th, 2014
In the past three years I have had sex with 5 guys. I’m 16 years old and I hate myself. I know every time that I'll regret it and every time they just leave anyway. I don't know why I do ...

No Boyfriend, No Friends, No Hope

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
From Canada: I am 22 years old, I suffer from anxiety and depression, and I'm starting to be worried that I may have OCD (obsessive thoughts) and bipolar disorder. I am a virgin, I have no friends and I want to die on a regular ...

Boyfriend Lies and Has No Remorse

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, March 28th, 2014
From the U.S. I've been with my boyfriend for almost 7 years and when things are easy everything is perfect. My issue is that he lies and gets mad when I catch him doing things and wants nothing to do with it. I caught him ...

Supporting an Unappreciative Mom

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, March 28th, 2014
From the U.S.: My mother and I have been coming to heads more and more often and I don’t feel like I have anyone I can turn to for help. Our latest fight was last night. Perhaps it’s best I give you some back-story first. I ...

What Do You Do When You’re Lonely?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
From São Paulo: What can I do if I have literally no friends and no social life? No one that I can talk to about how I'm feeling and a shoulder to cry on? What can I do if I have no one to call me ...

Boyfriend Still Keeps In Touch with Exes

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
My boyfriend (61yrs. old-like me) keeps in touch with some of his ex-girlfriends (he never married) on Facebook and even though I'm on too, his girlfriends don't know he has a girlfriend--they (some are married) make references about old times, how handsome he sill is, ...

I Backstabbed a Coworker

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
I'm upset with myself. When faced with situations where I should be loyal, I often spill the beans to protect my own interests or to put the blame on someone else. Then I feel terrible about it. There was a situation at work. I was ...

Possible Sexual Abuse

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
I'll describe what's bugging me in a few paragraphs, questions at the end. About a year ago when I was at my friend's house, at night when everyone else was asleep (he probably thought I was too), my friend's dad kept uncovering certain parts of my ...