Teen Issues Articles

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 ...

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 ...