Sleep Articles

I Turned Off My Emotions

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
From a 17-year-old female in France: Since about 4 years now I have the impression that something is wrong with me, psychologically. I have almost lost my ability to feel anything at all. I just turned off my emotions. I hardly feel any empathy. When ...

Molested by Stepfather

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
As a child I was molested by my stepfather and I have always had a difficult time coping with it. I have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. I use to just be completely antisocial and either ...

Sleep Paralysis or Sleep Possession

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, October 20th, 2014
hi I’m 17 years old I just have a question about something thats been occurring to me for a while now...lately I've been having dreams where I find myself completely paralyzed, and in some of those dreams I feel a presence of ...

Trouble Sleeping and Anxiety because of Work

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
I'm asking this about my mother, her information is what I filled out above. She has anxiety about work, and she rarely stops worrying about it. She says she has trouble sleeping and often dreams about work; also if she wakes up she ...

Sudden Paralysis

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
I suddenly freeze. Cannot move, except eyeballs. Cannot talk, my tongue plants itself on the roof of my mouth, and then my jaw drops. I am in whatever position I was in sometimes for over a hour. Other people can move me, but I will ...

Imaginary Friend that Is Real

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Friday, September 26th, 2014
Hi have lots of problems in my life, Since my divorce I've been hearing voices for 11 years and sometimes getting to this stage where I don't know if I'm a sleep or not and scary things happen, but my problem is I have this ...

Am I Going Through a Phase or What?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, September 22nd, 2014
From the U.S.: This question is probably me just trying to get attention. Or just a 12 year old totally overreacting. And this whole thing probably won't make any sense, but I really don't know what to think anymore. So back in March I noticed that ...

My Boyfriend Has Sex with Me when I’m Asleep

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, September 21st, 2014
My boyfriend and I have been dating for nearly 5 years, since our junior year of high school. We have not had sex for various reasons. He is religious, and I suffer from panic attacks during intimacy. We used to fool around in high school, ...

Burning Mind

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, August 24th, 2014
Hello, Am not too sure if this site can answer my question but here's my situation. Every night, I have intense dreams or nightmares that takes it tolls on my mind every morning when I wake up. I feel a burning sensation in the back of my ...

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 ...

Possible Schizophrenia?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, August 16th, 2014
I am 37 years old and over the past week I have begun hearing voices, sort of, it's more like random words and gibberish that pop into my head on and off, mostly when I'm tired or falling asleep. I have been under a great deal ...

I Think I Have Depression

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, August 1st, 2014
From the United Arab Emirates: So i'm 15 years old, and i think i have depression, along with other mental issues that had been proven by tests online (I know its not a professional diagnoses but i had to get and idea if there's something ...