Teen Issues Articles

Is My Son Misdiagnosed or Is There Something I Should Be Asking His Counselor About?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, October 30th, 2014
I am scared of my son, he shows no emotion, he kills our pets, he attacks me, he stares through me, he started a bonfire in our attic while everyone was asleep, we all came close to dying, he shows his private parts to his ...

Don’t Know What to Do

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
I am struggling with daily life in a way that I am sure isn't healthy. I don't have any friends and the ones I do have, I don't even like. They do drugs and skip school and just make terrible life decisions that I want ...

I Feel Caged in My Own Body

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, October 27th, 2014
From a 19-year-old woman in S. Africa: Recently I got out of a 4-year drug influenced relationship but the feelings I had for him faded away after about a year but he kept me caged in because of the drugs, I was his money bank. ...

I Have Brief Depressive Episodes

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, October 26th, 2014
From the UK: I'm 16. For the past 2-3 months I've been experiencing these episodes of sever depression they generally only last for an hour or two, however the frequency ranges from once or twice a day to once every few days, at first it ...

I’m Really Depressed — Maybe Bipolar

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, October 24th, 2014
I'm eighteen years old, and I hate myself so much. I feel like I can't do anything right, that whatever I do, it won't be good enough. I'm taking a gap year in order to save for college, but these "I'm not good enough" thoughts ...

Self-Harming

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
From Terhan: Hi, First i have to say that I cannot speak English well so excuse me for my writing faults. I am 24-year-old girl, I have a problem that I think is growing every day! I am so hateful. I hate myself and some people in ...

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 ...

My Boyfriend May Be Lying to Me

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, October 19th, 2014
My boyfriend of almost a year. (My first serious relationship) I’ve had some suspicions that he has been lying too me about things. Not huge things but a lie is a lie. So one day we were talking and I told him I knew he ...

Boyfriend’s Daughter Says I’m Evil

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, October 16th, 2014
From the U.S.: My boyfriend was recently separated when we met 1.5 years ago. They are still in process of the divorce and he has full custody of two kids, a girl now 14 and boy now 12. We waited about 7 months before the ...

The Whole World Seems like It’s Against Me

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
This started around 1 or 2 years ago. My parents had got a divorced and my dad started seeing this girl, that was around four years ago. The girl was nice to me and my brother, who is about a year older than ...

My Mom Is Threatening to Throw Out My Pet

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, October 11th, 2014
Today my mother threatened to throw my five-month-old kitten out. This may seem silly, but I take these things very seriously. I value animals higher than anything; they are really the only things I seriously care for (cats especially). My kitten is practically the reason ...

I Have Been Diagnosed with DID But Can I Have Schizophrenia Too?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Friday, October 10th, 2014
Hi. Since I was three years old I have been dissociated, and as I got older I was diagnosed with severe PTSD and Dissociative Identity Disorder. However, I have always seen things other people couldn't, and heard voices. I believe I can do magic, and my ...