Self-esteem Articles

My Dad’s Unkind Words

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, December 21st, 2014
My dad is so unkind to me. He always calls me mean names like retard and bitch and fat. He tries to be a good father but nothing ever works and I can't take being near him anymore. My mom tries to get him to ...

If I Can’t Be Satisfied with Her, Can I Ever Be Satisfied with Anyone?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, December 20th, 2014
I've been with my girlfriend for 3 years. Our first year, we were both in grad school and our relationship was incredible. Once we graduated, we moved in together and have been very happy. She and I are incredibly compatible, we have the same interests, ...

How Do I Fix My Life?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, December 19th, 2014
I'm 17 and I can't talk to girls, I don't like talking to people except a select few that are my friends and I guess it's because of me being fat and disliked by pretty much everyone in my middle school (never bullied, was too ...

Searching for Happiness in My Life

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
For the past year, I've been struggling to be positive, happy, or feel good about myself, my life, or my relationship. I feel sad and depressed most of the time, crying almost daily. About a year ago, I moved to a new state with my ...

Can’t Approach My Wife for Sex

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, December 15th, 2014
I have been living with my beloved woman for over 7 years now. We got married over a year ago. But for the past 6 years we hardly have any sex. It has been irregular and very infrequent. My wife says she needs me to be ...

I Think I Have ADD

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, December 12th, 2014
I'm really forgetful and absent minded and as a writer I can never bring myself to finish my own projects because I get bored and try to start a new one. At school I'm terrible at math because the teacher will explain the formulas to ...

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. ...