Therapy Articles

Issues with My Long-Term Girlfriend and Mother

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, October 20th, 2014
From the U.S.: I recently moved to Philadelphia to be with my girlfriend after we have had a long distance relationship for 5 years. I have always had an issue saying no to my mother being somewhat of emotional support system for her since my ...

Developmental Problems with Daughter

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, October 18th, 2014
From the U.S.: Not (fearful of) separation she will go to school and can be left with people without incident. In public though (she) is very clingy. Was non verbal in preschool which was 2.5 hours a day 4 days a week all year. Since ...

Do I Have a Serious Mental Illness & How Can I Seek Help?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, October 18th, 2014
I've been depressed for years, I was bullied through school mentally (I was violent as revenge sometimes) and never really had friends and I am an only child with a working mom and step dad so I spend a lot of time alone and I ...

Why Am I Never Content?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, October 17th, 2014
I started dating my husband when I was 15, I am 27 now. We have been married and living together for 2 years now, and I should be happy... Right? I mean, I have all the things a woman my age should want... but I ...

Random Flashbacks that Don’t Seem to be Triggered by Anything Specific

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, October 16th, 2014
There are moments in my day that I'll completely stop what I'm doing and have a flashback for maybe a max of 5 seconds. I'll just stand there, blank and motionless. I can feel myself doing it, it just takes me a second to snap ...

No Feelings

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, October 13th, 2014
I as far as I can remember have been living life that is ideal according to my surroundings, my parents take me as ideal son, my teacher took me as ideal student, at my college my juniors and batch mates looked upon me for inspiration. ...

I Think I May Have a Personality Disorder

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, October 12th, 2014
From the U.S.: When I was in the military, I was discharged due to a personality disorder. Not long afterwards I went to a psychiatrist to get retested for many things and he said under no circumstances did I have one, instead he diagnosed me ...

My Mom Is Threatening to Throw Out My Pet

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, October 11th, 2014
Today my mother threatened to throw my five-month-old kitten out. This may seem silly, but I take these things very seriously. I value animals higher than anything; they are really the only things I seriously care for (cats especially). My kitten is practically the reason ...

I Think I’m a Narcissist

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, October 10th, 2014
Hello, I'm from Italy, and I'm 14. I'm sorry if I make some English mistakes but I just don't know who to ask anymore. I feel lost, because I don't know if I have a personality disorder. I have done a lot of tests on internet, ...

My Husband Committed Suicide 3 Weeks Ago

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
My husband and I shared a long distance relationship for 6 years due to his employment 2500 miles away and my responsibilities here. We were married for 3 of those 6 years. We did the back and forth thing for the 6 years and finally ...

I Don’t Know Who I Am

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, October 6th, 2014
From the U.S.: Two years and seven months ago I started really looking at who I was and now I don't know who I am anymore. I have gone through thinking I was heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual. Now I have no sexual interests in any ...

Might I Have Bipolar Disorder?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Friday, October 3rd, 2014
I wonder if I might have ultradian cycling bipolar disorder. I am 23 now. When I was a sophomore in high school I had a depressive episode. When I am was a sophomore in college I had a Zoloft induced manic episode where ...