Teen Issues Articles

Depression, Anxiety & Eating Disorder

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, December 7th, 2014
Lately I've been very depressed. I havent eaten in 2 days because I can't and I've been cutting everyday this past week. I'm having severe panic attacks and I have suicidal thoughts. I hate feeling like this and I cant control my emotions. I want ...

My Dad Watches Me at Night

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, December 5th, 2014
From a 15 year old in the U.S.: During my sleep, sometimes my hand is inside in my shorts. Or sometimes inside my underwear unconsciously. I am not sure how this started. Anyways, I was sleeping and felt like someone was watching me. So, I ...

What’s the Disorder that I Have?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, December 4th, 2014
I just discovered recently from my teachers and supervisors that I have been walking and sleeping in the corridors of the school. They have that recorded in their security cameras and I have no memory at all about even leaving my classroom! I'm afraid it ...

I Think that I’m Depressed, Parents Won’t Help Me

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, December 4th, 2014
I know the way that I'm acting and thinking is not normal. I feel so lonely and detached from everyone around me. I just kind of float through school and I really have no friends there -- no one I can connect with anyway. All ...

Daughter Mean to Her Brother

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
My 13-year-old treats her 11 year-old brother poorly much of the time. She won't let him in her room, responds in a mean way when he tries to talk to her or asks her a question, and is just generally nasty to him much of ...

Is this Dissociative Identity Disorder?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
I took your sanity test and got a 50 in dissociation, 50 in PSTD, 69 in depression, and 70 in anxiety. I listed these results specifically because I know that these are symptoms of DID. Now, I am very ...

12 Years Old and Wondering, Am I Going Mad?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
From Australia: I’m 12 years old and started year 7 in February and I guess it’s always tough for everyone right now. I know this but I think that what I’m going through will never go away. It’s been going on for 2 or 3 ...

Sudden Recurring Nightmares about Drowning

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Saturday, November 29th, 2014
I used to never get nightmares at all; my dreams were always either pleasant or they didn't make sense. However, about a month or two ago, I had this dream where I was on a bus that was going through this big ...

I Have Frequent Violent & Sadistic Thoughts Toward Living Things

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, November 27th, 2014
When I look at weaker, living things, I like to imagine how it'd feel to crush it in my hands, or how pleasurable it'd feel if I wrapped my hands around their necks. I desire to see their fear and pain; their eyes widening in ...

Brothers Showed Sexual Interest in Me

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
From Kuwait: When I was about 12, my older brother would want to hang out and watch movies and stuff, while we were watching he would pull his penis out. He wouldn't really do anything or try to touch me, it was just there and ...

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 ...