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Emotional Support Animal

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, April 12th, 2014
How do we have our Labradoodle listed as a ESA -- Emotional Support Animal. Would a simple note from my doctor be sufficient or is more required. Thank You A: Here's a link to the national animal service registry with a complete description of how to ...

Can’t Handle Challenging Child

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, January 3rd, 2014
I teach a class of 8-10 mostly 5 year olds in a kindergarten enrichment program through a private childcare learning center. This child is constantly displaying defiant behavior that will sometimes escalate into disruptive outbursts that I can't control. It all seems to stem ...

Finding Help for My Autistic Children

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
My 5yo has been diagnosed with severe ADHD, Autism, ODD. He is on medications and has been doing so well until about the last three months. He has always had more problems with ADHD but now it seems like Autism is taking control of ...

Wife Unsure if She Loves Me

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
I have been married for 10.5 years now and we have 2 amazing children. About three years ago my wife approached me and said that she was basically done with the relationship unless I changed things. I feel that I have changed those ...

Do I Have a Psychological Problem?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, April 13th, 2013
I grew up with a younger sibling with autism, and I deeply love and care for her. As I grew up, my parents always told me that I had to be successful so I could care for her when they died. I was perfectly okay ...

Depressed About Child’s Health

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, March 16th, 2013
I'm a 30 year old mother of two. My depression started after I had my first child. I didnt feel any connection with my daughter, and I still don't to this day. But the real problem began when I was informed during my second pregnancy, ...

Troubled, Troublesome Teen

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
I want to help my 15 yr daughter figure out what is wrong with her. I'm out of money. How do I get her a diagnosis? For 10 yrs I've taken my daughter to professionals to understand what makes her different so we can ...

Hatred of Sound

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
Hello, I’m 14 and I have struggled with symptoms of depression and anxiety for two years, along with rage brought on by sensitivity to certain sounds. These sounds include all eating sounds, ripping paper, any combination of skin and fabric rubbing against each other ...

Friend Has Overstayed Her Welcome

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, January 7th, 2013
Recently, my husband and I had to go out of town for a funeral. A friend of mine (let's call her Inga) was scheduled to work, so I left her my car. My son called me late at night our first night ...

Ex’s Actions are Affecting Daughter

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
my ex husband is nuts! he flys off the handle for no reason, he trys to bully me into doing whatever it is he wants me to do. He will get mad about something or someone and then talk about hurting them or thier vehicles ...

Can a Person with Childhood Disabilities be Helped as an Adult?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, October 14th, 2012
A cousin of mine, who is 20 years old girl is mentally challenged from her childhood, it is so irritating, she used to irritate the whole family. Although she is 20 years old but she used to behave like a 10 or 12 year girl. ...

Drug Addiction is Hurting Relationship

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, April 12th, 2012
My boyfriend and I have been together for almost three years. We get along great and would do anything for each other. However, our relationship has taken a slight turn for the worse just this past month. My boyfriend smokes marijuana everyday (I personally do ...