Anonymous asked: I would just like some advice because it's the end of junior year and I'm at the end of my rope. I don't know if I'm depressed or not, considering I've been been ok the last four years or so albeit I've thought of suicide daily. However, I've begun failing classes and the stress is almost too much to bear and I've been told I need therapy but I don't want to disappoint my parents any more than I have. I was number one in my class and now everything has gone to hell and I give up. What do I do?

I wish I could give you the biggest hug right now! I have been there and I empathize with you so strongly. I would first and foremost talk with someone you trust and let them know where you’re at. I don’t see needing therapy as being a “failure”-I think that is a common modern myth. Therapy can equip you with a safe environment to deal with life stressors and problems and place for you to learn new tools to cope with life when it’s overwhelming. I would highly recommend talking with your parents to let them know how overwhelmed you are. Seeking help doesn’t mean that you’re weak, there is nothing wrong with helping yourself <3 Don’t give up! I know you’re a strong person and I hope that you find the strength to seek help from somewhere xx

Anonymous asked: I am currently pursuing my BA in Psychology with a minor in Management but am interested in getting into I/O psychology. Do you have any tips on where to pursue internships/summer jobs that would help me get into grad school for I/O?

IO is a huge up and coming field in psychology! That is awesome :) I would first start with finding other people in your network who have an “in” with IO psychology. Networking will be your best friend :) Are you on Linkedin? That might help too!

I don’t know a great place to find internships, but I would start with also looking up graduate schools that are known for IO Psych. Seattle Pacific University (SPU) has a fabulous IO Psych. program where I know some people at. Where are you located? That might help me better help you! Message me off Anon and I’ll keep it private. xx

dichotomized:

Common traits in the background of psychopathic children include:
A mother exposed to deprivation or abuse as a child
A transient father
A mother who cannot maintain stable emotional connection with child
Low birth weight or birth complications
Unusual reactions to pain (especially to insult)
Lack of attachment to adults
Failure to make eye contact when touched
Low frustration tolerance
Sense of self-importance
Transient relationships throughout childhood, or close association with another like him
Cruelty toward others
Animal abuse
Lack of remorse for hurting someone
Lack of empathy in friendships

dichotomized:

Common traits in the background of psychopathic children include:

  • A mother exposed to deprivation or abuse as a child
  • A transient father
  • A mother who cannot maintain stable emotional connection with child
  • Low birth weight or birth complications
  • Unusual reactions to pain (especially to insult)
  • Lack of attachment to adults
  • Failure to make eye contact when touched
  • Low frustration tolerance
  • Sense of self-importance
  • Transient relationships throughout childhood, or close association with another like him
  • Cruelty toward others
  • Animal abuse
  • Lack of remorse for hurting someone
  • Lack of empathy in friendships

Anonymous asked: I have had anxiety these pasts four years in high school and has increased the past 2 years due to bullying. I haven't been happy for a while.I've been on an emotional roller coaster and not sure if I have depression or if I'm just a moody teen.

I am so sorry that you’ve been bullied, that breaks my heart. :( People can be so mean sometimes! I would recommend seeing a therapist or finding a mentor to talk with. High school can be rough, I’m glad I’ll never have to do it again! Feel free to message me and I’ll keep it private if you ever want to talk! xx

Anonymous asked: This is a weird ask but is it normal for a 17 year old to still suck their thumb? And also seeking comfort through different types of materials and fabrics? X

I would not say that is “normal” at your age, have you thought about seeing a therapist to explore why you are doing those things? I feel like that’s a calming technique from your childhood that you still are using today. I’m not a professional, but I do think that it’s something you should definitely explore! Let me know how things go! xx

Anonymous asked: How can I get to know myself better? It seems that other's know me better than I know myself... I saw a psychologist but completely lied to her about everything, she thinks I'm just a normal teenager. I don't really know what to do about that...

I think you should start by telling the truth and being confident in who you truly are, flaws and all. You can’t get to know yourself better if you aren’t acknowledging all of yourself. It will be worth it! 

Anonymous asked: Can you help a compulsive liar that finally hit rock bottom and wants help in turning her life around?

There is help for a compulsive liar, but it will be a hard journey! I highly recommend that you start with first finding a therapist. Find someone who can help work to create new (and truthful) patterns. I promise you that it will pay off, you will be happier and have more solid relationships with those around you! xx