Special Needs Articles

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 ...

Shy, Awkward Teen Wants Help

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, February 17th, 2012
I need help. :( I'm 18 and I have several problems going on in my life. I am a shy (male) senior student in high school unsure of my plans of what to do in college and how to get a scholarship in the ...

Give Back the Guide Dog?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, February 12th, 2012
Hi. I wrote to you over a year ago about my loneliness, and being stuck by myself due to not having a driver's license because of a vision impairment. At the same time I let you know I did ride a bike around Sarasota for ...

Might I Have Aspergers?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, November 6th, 2011
I am 39 about to turn 40 and I think I may have asperger's. I live alone, have only one friend, never dated, can't hold a conversation with anyone, very intelligent but am completely isolated from people. I hate changes, very anxious and paranoid when ...

Husband wants to call it quits

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, September 30th, 2011
Hello, I have been married for 16 years and my husband and I are having difficulties. He works from home and I am a stay at home wife/mother. So, we are together 24/7. We have three children, our youngest, age four has Down Syndrome. ...

I can’t seem to make friends

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, August 1st, 2011
I really want to make friends, but I can't seem to. I have never been the most popular person in any situation, and though that's not my main goal, I strive to make more friends. I'm not quick on my feet and I don't have ...

I’m Caring for Mentally Ill Adult Brother

By Julie Hanks, LCSW on Sunday, July 24th, 2011
If something was to happen to me my brother would not be able to survive.  I need help. My mother adopted my brother at 13 whom is 21 now.  He had been foster care since he was 2 years old.  They labeled him as mentally ...