Trauma Articles

Erratic Uncontrollable Mood Swings and Anger

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Sunday, November 16th, 2014
Since I was a child I've experienced extreme changes in mood with no explainable reason behind them. Counselors have always explained it as a result from physical and emotional abuse as a child. I'm almost 30 now, ...

Name Change as Emotional Healing

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, November 14th, 2014
From the U.S.: My friend suffered from a lot of emotional and sexual abuse as a child. As part of his ongoing healing he wants to change his name -- as a way of leaving his past behind him. He has the support of his ...

Fear of Schizophrenia After Drug Use

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, November 10th, 2014
I tried marijuana for the first time in December of 2013. I did it a few times after that, each time feeling fine before during and after. Then in February of 2014 I had a really "bad high" and was freaking out and hyperventilating the ...

Paranoid that She’s Cheating Due to Lack of Sex

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, November 7th, 2014
First, I’m so glad I stumbled upon this site and hope wholeheartedly that this outcry (my only option at this point) will not go unheard or unanswered. I warn you now that this is a long one. Right to the thick of the matter: I’m a ...

Molested by Stepfather

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
As a child I was molested by my stepfather and I have always had a difficult time coping with it. I have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. I use to just be completely antisocial and either ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 Have Been Diagnosed with DID But Can I Have Schizophrenia Too?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Friday, October 10th, 2014
Hi. Since I was three years old I have been dissociated, and as I got older I was diagnosed with severe PTSD and Dissociative Identity Disorder. However, I have always seen things other people couldn't, and heard voices. I believe I can do magic, and my ...

Former Abuser Re-entering My Life

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, October 9th, 2014
My brother who is now 19 almost 20, used to hit me (along with violently push me, slap me, tackle me, put me down, humiliate me, make fun of me infront of my friends, include himself if i have a friend over etc.) ...