4/24/2013 6:00:00 AM
Jane's past is riddled with pain, sorrow and backstabbing. Still, she considers herself positive, friendly and loyal -- on the surface.
4/9/2013 6:00:00 AM
Jen is 34 and mother to two. Being raised as a Jehovah witness, she was ridiculed as a child. Her father was alcoholic and her mother ran off with another man, leaving her behind.
2/3/2013 6:00:00 AM
Angie is retired, and lived a life of neglect and abuse from her mother, but love from her father. They're both deceased now, but to this day she still nurses that anger toward mom. She's in ill health with no insurance, and her antidepressants aren't helping.
2/1/2013 6:00:00 AM
Vaish's father is an abused husband who lives in another country, far away from his wife's wrath. Her husband is away for a month, and wanted her to stay with her mom. It's only been two days, and she's already been subjected to screaming outbursts and has even gotten scratched.
12/24/2012 6:00:00 AM
Sana enjoyed life until she was 14 and her parents went abroad and left her behind. When they returned, she did not feel love from her father, so sought it elsewhere. When her father discovered she had a relationship with a low life man, it ripped him out of her life. Now at 21, they no longer talk.
12/13/2012 2:00:00 PM
Jess is 25 and has been with her boyfriend for about a year. He broke up once, saying he needed time. Now they're together again, but things are not good. He insists she slept around while they were apart, even though she was home, crying. He insults her physical appearance constantly and calls her a whore. He even says her vagina is deformed. She works a full time job plus a part time job, while he is TOTALLY unemployed. She's about to get her degree, while he never completed high school or got a GED.
12/11/2012 6:00:00 AM
Jan wrote to me a year ago regarding unresolved trust issues due to a childhood incident. During the past year, she has learned a priceless lesson on the value and importance of forgiveness -- not for the perpetrator, but for herself.
12/9/2012 6:00:00 AM
Toni is at a crossroads. Her future daughter-in-law confided in her that her father molested her when she was young, but she refuses to tell her future husband. Now they're going to have a family gathering -- with the father -- and she is very uncomfortable to be around him.
10/7/2012 6:00:00 AM
Barbara's mother-in-law is making her life miserable. She spreads rumors about her to others via Facebook, refuses to acknowledge her new baby -- saying she will NEVER love him -- because she doesn't approve of his name, and when she takes their older boy for a few days, he is returned with a bad sunburn, cuts and bruises. She and her husband have now moved away due to this, but the in-law continues to relentlessly spread lies about her and the family on Facebook.
8/23/2012 6:00:00 AM
Frustrated Teacher is convinced her school principal is possessed by the devil. She yells at teachers, children and parents alike. She berates teachers for even the smallest problem in front of others and seems to pride herself in intimidating everyone. She asks if this is caused by a psychiatric illness or is she just an unhappy person or could she really be possessed by a devil? Finally she asks how to deal with someone like this. Thoughts?
7/19/2012 6:00:20 AM
Julie survived a rough, abusive childhood and was married 13 years before filing for divorce. She finds herself too trusting of the wrong people, so isn't ready to engage in another relationship any time soon. She shares her story, and wonders if she can ever trust again in the right way. What do you think, can trust be shattered forever and never recover?
7/9/2012 6:00:49 AM
Cotye's father was arrested for murder and possession when he was 12, and had to grow up fast to help the family survive. He has always been ridiculed, and it continues to this day, from both co-workers and family. He wonders if this is what his life has to be, or if he can turn things around. Thoughts?
7/3/2012 6:00:04 AM
George was in the Army in 1967 when he was gang raped by other soldiers. He was going to be subjected to this on a regular basis until he made a deal with his sergeant that he would be his alone, so he wouldn't have to suffer being attacked by many other men. Now, years later, he is having bad dreams and nightmares of being raped. He is seeing a psychiatrist and psychologist and is on many medications, but nothing has helped. What can he do to get his life back?
6/26/2012 6:00:00 AM
Jean has been with the same man for 30 years. Together they live with his 91 year old mom who suffers from dementia. Neither work, and they all live on his mom's meager retirement checks. She has come to hate her man who is also an alcoholic, and for the last 3 years they've slept in separate rooms. She's 56, and feels angry, old, dried up and used. What can she do?
4/17/2012 6:00:17 AM
On Edge suffered sexual abuse at the hands of many, and never talked about it. Now he's married with children, but is still haunted by his past. His wife is aware of his past, but is getting tired of all the turmoil. Now he's hearing voices and he is afraid of going into the hospital because he may lose his family. What do you think he should do?
4/14/2012 2:00:02 PM
M has been living with the secret that he sexually abused members of his family in the past. This has caused him much pain, and he has thought of ending his life, especially when the other day one of the girls looked at him and totally ignored him, like he did not exist. He asks what he should do. Thoughts?
4/11/2012 2:00:39 PM
KC first remembers the incest when she was 14. Her mother was admitted to a mental hospital, and her father said she needed to take on the duties of the woman. Now, an intelligent, educated woman who holds a patent, she cannot keep a job for over three months, although she has volunteered for years. She's currently a prostitute to help pay the bills and is starting to lose hope. Your advice?
4/6/2012 10:00:53 PM
Kattlin is an 18 year old male who has been raped, is being bullied and is depressed. He loves to watch porn and enjoys abusing alcohol to make him forget some of his past. He feels worthless and can't help but think he has let his parents down. What can he do?
4/5/2012 2:00:00 PM
Paula has had a very challenging past. From a difficult, abusive childhood to two troubled marriages, to rape, she has been through so much. Now she is unemployed, and has lost her identity. She wonders how she could have overcome so much in her lifetime, only to now find her identity through her job, and no longer have a job. Now she's extremely depressed, and wonders what she can do. Thoughts?
3/29/2012 10:00:33 PM
Marcia is Greek, living in Athens. She wrote in to give her thoughts on the economic crisis which is now ravaging Greece, but is also being felt globally. As people lose their jobs, money and eventually hope, what will be the result? There is a global change happening, but where will it end? Is it really all about money and power and greed? Are the big banks only in it for themselves?
3/26/2012 2:00:47 PM
Sara had a normal childhood until she was 11, when her dad was killed in a motorcycle accident. Her mother became a different person, going out every night with her aunt and getting drunk. Soon her home became a place to buy and sell drugs, filled with unsavory men. Her mom eventually died in her arms, and she lost the home where she was raised. She contemplates college, but can't afford it and wonders if this is all there is. What do you think? Can she turn her life around?
3/22/2012 2:00:28 PM
Corinne, 50, has always felt like the odd person out. She cannot remember her broken home memories from birth to 14 years of age. Although she has a great job, she has no satisfaction in life. She has recurring nightmares, and wants to know if there's any way she can bring these repressed memories to her conscious state. Would you want to do this?
3/20/2012 2:00:56 PM
TH has carried the dark secret of abuse throughout his childhood and now into adulthood. Recently he shared it with his best friend. All his friend could say is leave the past in the past and it's time to move on. But that's not what he wanted to hear. He's miserable and especially can't stand family reunions when he sees the cousin who abused him as a child. He asks how to move past this, so he can start living again. What words would you offer him to help?
3/10/2012 2:00:00 PM
Marge, 60, has suddenly started experiencing nightmares from her childhood, when her father would viciously, physically abuse her mother. She thought she had put that to rest a long, long time ago, and has no desire to relive this time in her life which was so frightening. Do you experience nightmares from your past? How have you overcome?
2/24/2012 6:00:31 PM
Shakti is a 25 year old man who faced an abusive and troubled childhood. Witnessing his mother's abuse at the hands of his father, being sexually violated himself as a youngster and being bullied in school were common for him. He feels it was so unfair and now he wants to know how he can lead a normal life. Do you have some kind words for him?