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I Was a Child Survivor of Sexual Abuse

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, April 18th, 2014
After 4 months into dating, my boyfriend wanted to break up as he cannot accept it. I was a child survivor of sexual abused and during the initial phase of getting to know my boyfriend, I shared with him that I was sexually abused when ...

Why Do So Many People Hate Me?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
From the U.S.: I was emotionally and psychologically abused by my family and sometimes physically, bullied throughout grade, middle and high school, raped 3 times, stalked and bullied by my second rapist who fully penetrated me at 17 and got others to bully me with ...

Trust Issues with Husband and History of Sexual Abuse

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Saturday, April 5th, 2014
I need help. I was emotionally and psychologically abused growing up and sometimes physical. It has taken me all of my 20's to finally come to terms with this, especially after having my own children. My older sisters (one is 7 ...

Communicating with Someone Who Has Shut Down Through PTSD

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, March 30th, 2014
Hello, I am trying to find the things I should do and the things I shouldn't do when approaching my husband. He has just been diagnosed with PTSD after years of alcohol and drug abuse. He is a VERY loving man who will suddenly change ...

She Wants a Relationship with a Mother Who Hates Her

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, March 28th, 2014
From the U.S.: After a lifetime of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, my mom has stopped talking to me for 2 years now. Since I was born my mother hated me and the family knew it. She spread stories about me that were untrue and ...

Emotional Shut Down

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Problem with being emotional shut off. I have a problem where I’m completely shut down, I don’t have pain, anger sometimes even happiness. Once I get to a point of sadness or anger its like a switch and I don’t feel anything. I was all ...

My Daughter Misses Her Mother & I Don’t Know What to Do

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
My wife died 8 years ago from cancer. She died suddenly without warning. My daughter was only nine when she died. Her and her mother were really close. I did take the whole family to counseling. However my daughter refused to go and speak to ...

I Need Help

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, March 17th, 2014
My name is Amy and I'm a 14 year old girl. I'm kind of stuck in a tough situation and I was wondering if you could give me any advice. When I was 13 I got bullied and then I was diagnosed with having depression, ...

Concentration Problems, Quick to Anger, Feeling Sad, Knowing That How I Feel Isn’t Normal

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, March 16th, 2014
My summary pretty much describes how I feel. My brother committed suicide in 2012 and I'm feeling like I understand how he was feeling and I feel like I'm feeling the same way. I'm frustrated with my work, my home life (though I love my ...

Embarrassed In Front of Children

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, March 16th, 2014
I'm 24, mother of twin 5-year-old girls. I've always been outgoing, athletic, intelligent, very pretty, very competent. Never experienced depression. A week ago my husband took our daughters to the zoo while I stayed home to shop and relax. When I returned from shopping I ...

Is this DID?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, March 13th, 2014
From the U.S.: I got beaten up as a kid. The one memory I can remember right now is in third person. Some big guy jumped up and down on my back until blood came out of my mouth. Anyways, I randomly "change" a lot ...

What’s Wrong with Me?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
I'm 18 years old, and I often feel there is something wrong with me. I don't have friends and don't care too. I feel as if they are more work than their worth. I isolate myself from others. It's not because I'm afraid of ...