Teen Issues Articles

I Have No One that I Know in My Class

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, January 3rd, 2015
Ok, I am currently in year 9. I have an amazing group of friends and I really enjoyed year 8. It was just perfect! But now I got moved classes and I got separated from my friends. Some of the people in my new class ...

Being Alone Too Often

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
Okay so I have bipolar disorder... and I have no idea if this has anything to do with it so that's why I'm asking. My mom works 2 jobs so I am home by myself most of the time. Not having someone here ...

‘Menopausal’ Mother

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, December 29th, 2014
I'm 15 years old and I live in a well-off lifestyle with my parents and three other sisters. This summer me and my family moved from Connecticut -- after 10 years -- to Utah. Since the move there have been major issues that escalate in ...

It’s Been so Long since I Slept Peacefully.

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, December 28th, 2014
From 17-year-old in Malaysia: First of all, my family. I did not grow up with my family since I was 2 months old. I only go back home on weekends. On weekdays, it's just my grandma and I. I think my mum dislikes me. She ...

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 ...