Teen Issues Articles

Young Friend Has Recurring Thoughts of Suicide

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, December 27th, 2014
A friend of mine is Depressed, has Social Anxiety, Self Harms and recently said she's going to starve herself. She's talked about Suicide more and more lately and I've been able to talk her out of it each time so far, but it's getting more ...

Concerned about My Mental State

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, December 25th, 2014
I have problems organizing my thoughts or connecting them. My long term and short term memory are always fuzzy. Trouble focusing. Sporadic sleeping patterns. I'm 20 now, but since about 7th grade I've had strange feelings and emotions. I could never focus in school. It ...

Am I at a High Risk for PTSD?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, December 25th, 2014
From the U.S.: When I was in middle school, my acquaintances would repeatedly slap me in the butt at the lunch table and that made me feel very uncomfortable. That happened regularly. They used to say "I love you" sarcastically. One of them said I would ...

Boarding School Issues

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014
I chose to leave home and study abroad at boarding school when I was eight. I have been living away from family for the past 16 years. I regret this decision and blamed myself. Over the past 16 years, I have not been very happy ...

Forbidden Cousin Romance

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, December 22nd, 2014
I’m in such a bad situation please help me. About 9 months ago my cousin and I found out that were in love, we’ve been in a relationship for about 7 months. Recently we decide that unfortunately, what were doing is wrong and we need ...

Parents Won’t Take Me to Get Help

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Sunday, December 21st, 2014
So, I'm 15 and in my own opinion I think I've been depressed for a very long time, a few years. I'm always sad and irritable. I remember having moments of complete rage, but also moments where I feel depressed. I really want ...

Too Much on My Plate?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, December 21st, 2014
Hi! I am currently a junior in high school. I am one of the top students in my class, but this year I have been doubting myself. When I am alone, another side of me comes out. It kind of scares me. This part of ...

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 ...

Seems Like a Problem, Is It?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, December 20th, 2014
A lot of times I feel like someone is watching or listening to me and have ever since I was a kid. Sometimes when I look people in they eye, it feels like they are staring. Often as that, I feel like people are talking ...

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 ...

I Go into Utter Panic When I Go to My Part-Time Job

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Friday, December 19th, 2014
Hello, I need help that my family won't provide or allow. My family are very conservative and don't approve of the medical world and are heavily reliant on religion to cure mental issues. I have tried and it simply does not work -- I have ...

I’m Hearing Voices in My Head & Constantly Scared of People Watching Me and Plotting Against Me

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, December 18th, 2014
I don't know whether this is a good site to be on or not. For about a year now I have been hearing a man's voice in my head. It started when I dropped some food on the floor and the voice said pick it ...