4/1/2013 6:00:00 AM
Chess was fine until she had to drop out of college and move back in with her mother. She has become anxious and paranoid, and it's getting worse.
3/29/2013 6:00:00 AM
Laurie hears voices and has many out of body experiences, but keeps it to herself. She nourishes these experiences, and says if doctors knew about it they would label her as schizophrenic.
3/23/2013 6:00:00 AM
Tim and his wife have been married for 7 blissful years. She recently suffered a psychotic episode. Her psychiatrist says it was most likely caused by the diet pills she had just started. She is now on an antipsychotic med and better, but is determined to divorce.
3/3/2013 6:00:00 AM
Alena's husband not only has a mental illness, he's a very angry at many. He says he wants to kill those who have done him wrong. Recently he bought a gun (legally), despite his mental illness and despite the fact that he was previously in a mental hospital for the criminally insane.
3/1/2013 6:00:00 AM
Briara was an only child, and grew up entertaining herself. She enjoyed her little tea parties with her stuffed animals -- each with it's own voice. Now she's a grown woman, and she hears voices in her head.
2/23/2013 6:00:00 AM
Jenny's brother has been plagued by a gang who has made threats against him. It got so bad his mom sold her home to get away from the gangs, but they followed, threatening to kill him. Turns out, it's all in his head.
12/29/2012 6:00:00 AM
Marissa's husband has an identical twin was diagnosed with schizophrenia. She wonders what the statistics are for children to become schizophrenic if they're born to a father who is not schizophrenic, but whose identical brother is?
12/15/2012 6:00:00 AM
Cierra has been diagnosed with GAD and depression, but is no longer receiving treatment. She believes she had more problems than were being addressed -- so she quit seeing her doctor. In particular, she wonders about her imaginary universe which contains imaginary friends.
12/8/2012 6:00:00 AM
Alice is concerned about her friend who sees a dark shadow called "Jimmy". He follows her around, leaving only after she cuts herself with a sharp blade. She sees a counselor, but has not told him or anyone else about this dark, evil figure.
11/11/2012 6:00:00 AM
Nancy studied personality disorders as an undergraduate psychology minor and reviews my book, 'Better Than Normal'. She rates her own personality traits and shows how this understanding can better your life by using her own life as an example. Are you, "Better Than Normal"?
10/28/2012 6:00:00 AM
Evita is from Hong Kong and after reading my book, 'Better Than Normal', she's now in tune to her inner traits and personality strengths, and looking forward to becoming better than normal, herself.
9/22/2012 6:00:00 AM
Jasmine is scared. She sometimes feels she's about to have a stroke or heart attack, and she's unable to do anything to stop it. Not only that, she hears voices, telling her to stab her children. She hates people and is having extreme mood swings. She is asking for help.
9/19/2012 6:00:00 AM
Yanxia is concerned about her little sister, who lives in China. Lately she insists her father-in-law is trying to poison her and her 16 year old daughter, as well as bugging her house so he can listen to conversations. It's not only the in-laws; she's also worried about her daughter's grades when she takes her college entrance exam -- in a year and a half. These delusions are becoming alarming, and all her sister wants to talk about is the father-in-law and how she can prepare her daughter to make high marks for college. Is there a link between the two?
9/12/2012 6:00:00 AM
Priyal's roommate is making her life miserable. She's a chronic liar, lying about anything and everything. Not only that, but the roommate also has imaginary friends, and has created characters in her life that don't exist.
8/28/2012 6:00:00 AM
Kazine has elevated moods lasting three months, and depressed moods lasting about the same. She also has at least 25 different personalities, but is unable to find help because so far the doctors in the UK do not take her multiple personalities seriously. This is wreaking havoc on her life, and she asks where can she go for help. Do you believe in multiple personalities? Is there proof they exist?
8/21/2012 6:00:00 AM
Linda asks if I have ever published material regarding Dissociative Identity Disorder. Do you know what this is, and what causes it?
8/19/2012 2:00:00 PM
Lauren has a 12 year old psychotic daughter who has been seeing mental health professionals since she was 2. She's sure she will eventually hurt or kill someone else or herself unless she finds someone who understands what's going on. She has already hired an attorney, because she's certain it's just a matter of time before something bad happens. She's becoming bigger and stronger now, and mom wants to know where to go from here.
8/7/2012 6:00:00 AM
Gary is 47, has had 60 jobs in his life, is caring, intelligent and suffers from schizoaffective disorder. He asks if there's a test to be done on his brain, or if there's natural substances that can help him. Do you know the answer?
7/29/2012 6:00:00 AM
Roy's mother has "episodes". She imagines thing that haven't happened, over-exaggerates and cannot remember conversations that just occurred. Her house is a mess and she doesn't dress properly when she goes out. He ran away to get away from her when he was 17, his sister ran when she was 16 and now his 14 year old sister wants to run away too. They tell mom she needs help, but she says she's fine, that they are the ones who need help. He asks how to get help for someone who doesn't want it.
7/25/2012 6:00:00 AM
Thomas's wife has suffered with depression since childhood. Now she is also experiencing psychosis, along with schizophrenia, PTSD and bipolar disorder, but the many medications she has been prescribed offer no help. He asks what he can possibly do to cure his wife, as he is emotionally drained from watching her deteriorate.
7/1/2012 6:00:29 AM
Rosemarie is 67, and her husband is 74. Married for 40 years, he suddenly began imagining that she is cheating on him. Now, when they are in the car together, he swears the driver next to them gave her a message; the bus driver flashed his lights to signal her and guys are always looking. He refuses to get help, because he doesn't think he has a problem. She can't keep living like this, but she feels so sorry for him. Do you know what's wrong with her husband?
6/27/2012 6:00:55 AM
Jennifer's mom has suffered from severe depression most of her life. She is now experiencing thoughts of wanting to hurt others, but her doctor says he could never imagine her doing such a thing. She asks how she can help her mom get rid of these feelings and thoughts so she can enjoy life. What would you do if this were your mom?
6/22/2012 6:00:18 PM
Ekta is very upset. She has had delusions in the past, irrational thoughts and involuntary movements. She tried getting a visa to the US to enroll in a PhD program, but has been denied. She says she is the fastest and best thinker she knows, has had poems internationally published and writes her own blog. Yet, sometimes she cannot think clearly. Unable to get the US visa has her very upset, and she asks why the US won't give her one; what is wrong with them to deny someone so great? Is this real or a delusion? Do you know how to tell the difference?
6/16/2012 6:00:43 PM
Gail's 25 year old son has schizophrenia and thinks he was born a girl and now wants to be a girl again because he's ready to have a baby. No talking on mom's part will get this out of his head. She is unable to discuss her son's condition with his doctor because of confidentiality laws. What should she do -- ignore his delusions or agree and let him pursue his dream?
5/21/2012 6:02:35 AM
Harold questions the title "From Stigma to Strength" which I discuss in an interview with 'The Advocate'. He also thinks it's amusing that I say many mental disorders have gone from being stigmatized to glamorized. Do you agree?