Self-esteem Articles

I Need Approval from Authority Figures

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, December 11th, 2014
From a 19 year old young woman in India: I am experiencing something which can be referred as an extreme sort of temporary fickleness. I am driven by a constant urge to patronize/flatter the person in the authority just because I need them to provide ...

Mother Is Depressed

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
My mother has had a terrible childhood. Her father was always drunk and she witnessed him beat her brothers because he was jealous that his wife (my mom's mother) was paying too much attention to them. My mother also grew in intense poverty (she fixed ...

My Boyfriend has Been Angry Since We Moved in Together

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, December 7th, 2014
From the U.S.: My boyfriend and I have been together for over 3 years, and we just moved in together this summer. Normally, we get along pretty well. We have so much fun together. He is funny, sweet, a hard worker, smart, and my best ...

Depression, Anxiety & Eating Disorder

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, December 7th, 2014
Lately I've been very depressed. I havent eaten in 2 days because I can't and I've been cutting everyday this past week. I'm having severe panic attacks and I have suicidal thoughts. I hate feeling like this and I cant control my emotions. I want ...

Am I Being Abused or Am I Crazy?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, December 6th, 2014
This is going to be very long but I really, really, really need help. I have been married for 16 yrs. My husband has been addicted to one thing or another our whole marriage. First it was gambling, then weed, followed by alcohol and cocaine ...

Suicidal: Should I Seek Help?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, December 6th, 2014
I have been depressed lately not just sad but depressed. I have lost 60 lbs since February. I used to be very active no I just sit in a chair for 7 hours a day then lay in bed for the rest of the day. ...

I Think that I’m Depressed, Parents Won’t Help Me

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, December 4th, 2014
I know the way that I'm acting and thinking is not normal. I feel so lonely and detached from everyone around me. I just kind of float through school and I really have no friends there -- no one I can connect with anyway. All ...

Dual Relationship with Therapist Is a Mess

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, December 1st, 2014
From the U.S.: I have been in a dual relationship with my therapist for about 4.5 years, and things are falling apart and I don't trust her and I am becoming more afraid of confronting her. She has also befriended my boyfriend and is going ...

Desire to Be Sexual with Mom

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, November 28th, 2014
From Romania: A little about me first: I'm not a virgin. I had sex about fifty times with two girls since I was 16. I no longer interact with them. I used to masturbate frequently, but I stopped 2 months ago as an experiment. I don't ...

My Boyfriend Has a Suspicious Nature

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, November 28th, 2014
From the U.K.: this is regarding my boyfriend...he doesnt believe me i feel...he always suspect me of being online chatting with somebody else...he will be checking my facebook messages my chat histories...always complaint me of being online late night even though i am not...because of ...

I Have Frequent Violent & Sadistic Thoughts Toward Living Things

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, November 27th, 2014
When I look at weaker, living things, I like to imagine how it'd feel to crush it in my hands, or how pleasurable it'd feel if I wrapped my hands around their necks. I desire to see their fear and pain; their eyes widening in ...

Help for Narcissistic Personality Disorder

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
I am trying to find a very good specialist that deals specifically with Narcissistic Disorder in Atlanta. I have been married for 3 years to a Narcissist. My husband, is typical to the pattern of resistance to help, and I am really having trouble coping. ...