Teen Issues Articles

Will My Paranoia Lead to Schizophrenia?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Yesterday I was diagnosed with paranoia, and I started on Saphris. I'm worried that my paranoia will eventually lead to having schizophrenia. I am 16 now, and will be 17 in 2 weeks. I have an older sister who is schizophrenic, which means I could ...

I Don’t Know What’s Wrong. Mum Drinks and I’m Scared.

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
I will sum everything up quickly, over the past four or more years my mum has been drinking heavily and my dad works away so he has no power to help, my mum is abusive and very scary when she is drunk. She ...

Wasn’t Allowed to Speak

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
My parents adopted me when I was six months old and kept me from talking as a child, but I was okay with it because they were usually working and had their business partners at the house, so I was always quiet and didn't interrupt. ...

Anxiety But Don’t Know How to Ask My Mom (a Psychiatrist) for Treatment

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
I've had anxiety attacks since middle school. I have no idea why. I could be having the most amazing time and I could break down. I've also had some suicidal thoughts. It happened in the end of eighth grade then stopped then now they come ...

I’m Not Happy

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, August 25th, 2014
I really hope I get an answer because it'll go a long way to help me out in life. And in my part of the world therapy isn't too common so life's problems are blamed on several other weird stuff. I am 21 and it ...

Why Am I This Way?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, August 25th, 2014
Well, let me make this very short. When I was younger, I used to isolate myself a lot. I had a computer, so I was addicted to it. I couldn't spend a single day of my life without it. It was similar to ...

I Need to Kill People

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, August 24th, 2014
I'm starting to feel a certain attraction to the idea of murder, like, I need to kill someone, I need to feel someone else's blood in my hands. I don't want to kill people I know, I just want to kill people. I have almost ...

Our Daughter has Disengaged from the Family

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, August 24th, 2014
From the U.S.: Our 21 year old daughter recently told me and my husband that she does not feel close to our family and does not care at this point. My daughter is the youngest and has an older sister (three years older). My husband ...

Did I Make a Huge Mistake?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
From the U.S.: I'm 44 and have a 15 yr history with husband. We have a 13 yo son with some special needs. Been through hell with this man, who started using crack before our son was 2, abusive while using. Verbally/emotionally and some physical. ...

Never Feeling Love Enough

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
I have a constant need for love that is never satisfied. I ask for hugs and physical contact and attention constantly, even though I have a strong and loving environment. I feel as though I have an empty hole in my stomach that can only ...

Anxiety But Not the One for Counseling

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
Alright, so I'm 19 and for a while now I've been realizing that I have bad anxiety. I actually know a few people that are on different anxiety medicines and had the same symptoms as me and it really has made a difference for them. ...

I Have Done Nothing with My Life

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, August 14th, 2014
From Ireland: I'm 18 never drunk, never had a girlfriend, never took drugs or smoke and never went out. My friends call me the perfect son but I just feel I'm wasting my life. my friends ask me out all the time but I feel ...