Teen Issues Articles

My Mom Wants Me to Go to a Tech H.S.

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, November 3rd, 2014
From a 14 year old girl in the U.S.: My mom keeps on telling me about this high school, Aviation Technical High School. I know that going to this school means going on a path to become a successful engineer. I told her that I ...

Cutting and Pressured by Friend/Life

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, November 1st, 2014
My friend has been trying to tell my family that I cut. She cuts too and sees a therapist. She will not stop telling me to do something about it when I don't want to tell anyone. I'm not the type of person to share ...

I Don’t Know if I’m Depressed

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Friday, October 31st, 2014
I took all the tests and most of them say I'm depressed. But I don't feel sad! I have a nice family and I get good grades. I'm homeschooled so I have no bullying problems or self hate problems. But I get suicidal. ...

Is My Son Misdiagnosed or Is There Something I Should Be Asking His Counselor About?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, October 30th, 2014
I am scared of my son, he shows no emotion, he kills our pets, he attacks me, he stares through me, he started a bonfire in our attic while everyone was asleep, we all came close to dying, he shows his private parts to his ...

Don’t Know What to Do

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
I am struggling with daily life in a way that I am sure isn't healthy. I don't have any friends and the ones I do have, I don't even like. They do drugs and skip school and just make terrible life decisions that I want ...

I Feel Caged in My Own Body

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, October 27th, 2014
From a 19-year-old woman in S. Africa: Recently I got out of a 4-year drug influenced relationship but the feelings I had for him faded away after about a year but he kept me caged in because of the drugs, I was his money bank. ...

I Have Brief Depressive Episodes

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, October 26th, 2014
From the UK: I'm 16. For the past 2-3 months I've been experiencing these episodes of sever depression they generally only last for an hour or two, however the frequency ranges from once or twice a day to once every few days, at first it ...

I’m Really Depressed — Maybe Bipolar

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, October 24th, 2014
I'm eighteen years old, and I hate myself so much. I feel like I can't do anything right, that whatever I do, it won't be good enough. I'm taking a gap year in order to save for college, but these "I'm not good enough" thoughts ...


By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
From Terhan: Hi, First i have to say that I cannot speak English well so excuse me for my writing faults. I am 24-year-old girl, I have a problem that I think is growing every day! I am so hateful. I hate myself and some people in ...

Sleep Paralysis or Sleep Possession

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, October 20th, 2014
hi I’m 17 years old I just have a question about something thats been occurring to me for a while now...lately I've been having dreams where I find myself completely paralyzed, and in some of those dreams I feel a presence of ...

My Boyfriend May Be Lying to Me

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, October 19th, 2014
My boyfriend of almost a year. (My first serious relationship) I’ve had some suspicions that he has been lying too me about things. Not huge things but a lie is a lie. So one day we were talking and I told him I knew he ...

Boyfriend’s Daughter Says I’m Evil

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, October 16th, 2014
From the U.S.: My boyfriend was recently separated when we met 1.5 years ago. They are still in process of the divorce and he has full custody of two kids, a girl now 14 and boy now 12. We waited about 7 months before the ...
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