Trauma Articles

I Confronted My Abuser by Letter and He Responded Negatively

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, July 14th, 2014
35 years ago I was in a 5yr relationship with an abusive boyfriend. After being admitted to hospital for complete breakdown two years ago, last week I found the strength to write a letter to him telling him how I felt about what ...

Would Therapy Do Me Any Good?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Sunday, July 13th, 2014
I have a serious issue with self motivation. I cannot seem to force myself to do anything I don’t have the urge to do ie: housework. I am wondering if my past can affect me in this way. I grew up in a ...

Can’t Get Myself to Let it Go

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
For seven years I've been struggling with the reality that I was abused by my brother. No one knows the full extent (or even half, for that matter) because I was trying so hard to protect them ...

The Urge to Hurt

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Friday, June 27th, 2014
So when I was only eleven years old I was sexually assaulted by a seventeen year old boy and ever since then I've been, not exactly what you would call the normal teenage girl. I am deeply fascinated by serial killers and such. Lately, and ...

Child Sexual Abuse

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, June 27th, 2014
I was sexually abused by my brother when I was younger, I had always pushed it aside and recently I had suppressed memories come back and remember incidents that happened as young as 6. I was also molested by a older man that had followed ...

I Think I Have PTSD

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
From a 16 year old in the U.S.: I got sexually abused by my step father for 14 years. When I was 13, I got raped twice. Now, I constantly have these flashbacks. I get shaky and nervous...as if it's happening to me right then. ...

My Husband Forbids Me from Seeing a Therapist

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, June 23rd, 2014
From the U.S.: I've been with a verbal abusive man for over 5 years now. We've been married for a year and a half. I've gone to see the therapist and when I told him that I was going and wanted him to come with ...

I Am Not Ready to Change, But Have Problems

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, June 23rd, 2014
I have recently had increased anxiety and panic attacks due to being sexually abused. This has triggered me to have disordered eating in order to try to control my situation. I have been experiencing some anorexia and bulimia tendencies. I am now considered ...

My Teacher Started Asking Me About My Body

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, June 23rd, 2014
From the U.S.: I have been in my teachers class for about a year now. Just three days ago, he gave me his number in case I was having any problems and needed to talk. I texted him two days ago and asked him for ...

My Best Friend’s Husband Is Addicted to Pills

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, June 21st, 2014
From the U.S.: I need advice on what to say to my best friend regarding her husband' spill addiction and depression. Last night was the final straw for me as I received a phone call this morning from her telling me her husband punched a ...

Could I Have PTSD?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, June 15th, 2014
When I was a young child I was mocked a lot, but childhood bullying is not my main concern. When I was a Sophomore in High school, my grandmother moved in with my family and I (mom, dad, and I. I have no siblings.) When she ...

My Boyfriend Has OCD

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, June 15th, 2014
From India: my bf has ocd , he himself told me. its going to be an year since we committed. he has turned my life upside down. he slowly started interfering in my life n my he controls me. if u would ask me why dont ...