Teen Issues Articles

How Can I Help My Boyfriend with Depression?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
Hi, thanks for the help. Me and my boyfriend have been dating for a while now. Ever since we have been dating I've known he has been depressed. He didn't have a good childhood. He stresses about everything. Usually he dazes out, and it's hard ...

I’m Not Sure About My Sexual Orientation

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
From the U.K.: Lately i have had a crush on this guy at school, today this boy started a fight on him for no reason and my crush won- it totally turned me on. But ive also been fantasising about katy perry and other pretty ...

Transgender Issues

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
I know it's a bit of a cliché, but for as long as I can remember, I have felt very different. As a child, I didn't have many friends, and could not really relate very well to others around me. Aside from this, ...

How Can I Possibly Choose Between the Best Two Men in the Entire World?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, July 14th, 2014
From the U.S. Ok. So in highschool (im a fifth year college student now) I dated this great guy we'll call Dude. Dude is my age. My relationship with Dude was amazing. we dated from senior year of HS to the end of my freshman ...

I’m Scared of Myself (Not Suicide)

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, July 12th, 2014
I'm extremely attracted to death. I just spent over 4 hours researching about Sid Vicious and the murder of his former girlfriend. I get that it's a popular rock myth, but I spent even more time looking up information about the Columbine High School shooting ...

Depressed and Mom Won’t Get Me Help

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Friday, July 11th, 2014
I tried telling my mom that I think I am struggling with depression and I bugged her for weeks about getting me a therapist. She agreed to it but never got one for me and it’s totally free with our insurance. I'm really ...

My Girlfriend Has a History of Sexual Abuse

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, July 11th, 2014
From Australia: I met a girl, I've known her for a month now and shes feeling really comfortable with me and due to my past I've wanted to find out everything about her. One day we were in bed, messing around nothing serious, and she ...

Fix It or Let It Go?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, July 10th, 2014
Hi, I’M 19 and I've been with my boyfriend/fiance for almost three years and now I just don't know what to do. He says he's tired of talking and that I just don't get what he's saying and maybe he's right. ...

Anxiety Induced Skin Picking Increasingly Violent

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
I have always picked my skin. When I was little, it was scabs, and not just your everyday children picking scabs kind of thing, I would bleed and scar terribly and I was at the nurse's office all the time. Then, shortly after ...

Should I Seek Professional Help?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
I'm going to be seventeen in a few months, and I have been dealing with mental issues for years now. I battled self-harm, suicidal tendencies, hatred and severe aggression towards myself and everyone else, etc. for years. My parents are unaware of that because I ...

My Mother Doesn’t Understand Who I Am

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
From the U.S.: I am now a rising sophomore, but am being treated like I graduated elementary school. My mother and I do not understand each other at all. Firstly, we have very different mindsets. My mom was raised in Somalia, so she was a teenager ...

Will I Ever Get Better without Seeking Out a Professional?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, July 7th, 2014
From a 14 year old girl in the U.S.: For around two years now i have been feeling what i now know as depression. I realize that this hasn't been the first time either, but it's never been this bad. About a year ago it ...