Teen Issues Articles

Burn Victim and Not Happy with My Life

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, November 24th, 2014
I'm 15 years old. When I was 13 I was in a bad accident where 30% of my body was burned with 3rd degree burns. Every since that day, I have thought about the accident. My mother is in debt because of me ...

Afraid to Be Alone with Men

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
I'm afraid to be alone with men, specifically those who have an interest in me. It's like an anxiety type of fear. The one time I was alone with a guy (who was a friend that ended up liking me and I kind ...

Do I Follow My Dreams or Give Up?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
From Pakistan: I am born of a middle class family. I wanted to get admitted in a famous arts college in my city. I spent a whole year preparing for the test. I got to the interview after passing drawing and aptitude test, but couldn’t ...

18-Year-Old Friend Has Paranoid Delusions & Refuses Help

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Friday, November 21st, 2014
A friend of mine who has been very close to me, but recently has had to move a few miles away has been getting paranoid delusions that are progressing over the last year. He is 18 in a under poverty level household and is convinced he ...

Scared to Get Help

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, November 21st, 2014
I think I have depression. I've done all the online tests and although they say not to use them as a diagnostic tool, all of them say I have moderate to severe depression. I see absolutely no point in life, I honestly couldn't care less ...

My Boyfriend Is Talking to Other Girls!

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, November 16th, 2014
From Canada: I'm 18 and I've been with my boyfriend for a year and a half, we started having issues in march when I found he'd been texting and flirting with a girl from work, I was heartbroken and nearly broke up with him, he ...

Am I a Psychopath?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, November 15th, 2014
I have always been a rather unpleasant person on the inside. It was only a few months ago I decided to embrace it. I feel as though I am superior to everyone else and that I am "different" in some way. I have always fantasized ...

I Feel like Throwing Up in School

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
Every year when school starts I start feeling sick to my stomach. When I arrive at school my heart starts pounding faster and I get nauseous. Even when class starts I get scared and my anxiety gets worse. In almost every single class ...

Mom Thinks My Boyfriend Is Abusive

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, November 9th, 2014
My boyfriend and I are both 16 years old. We have been dating for about a year I broke up with him once because I just got out of a 3 year relationship and wasn't ready to date again. But we got back together and ...

Why Does Little Sister Act the Way She Does?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Saturday, November 8th, 2014
I'm about 18, and I just entered college, and I'm feeling real good about myself, after battling low self-esteem issues throughout my school years. Everything is always going great, until I ask my sister for a favor. ...

Relationship with My Mother

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, November 6th, 2014
I've been having problems with my mom. So I think this all started about four years ago when I was graduating high school. I was dating this girl at the time, my mom and I got along ...

I Want to Talk to People But I Don’t Want to Be Friends

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
I have always very self-conscious but after I got a boyfriend it became worse. I was terrified he would leave if I remained "fat" so I then limited myself to 320 calories a day until I plummeted from 120 lbs to 80 in about 3 ...