Dementia and agoraphobia!

Dear Annie: I have complex PTSD from the first 18 years of my life involving sexual abuse and witnessing violent abuse on my brother and mother. I have found a wonderful therapist and have quieted a lot of the guilt, shame and night terrors but I continue to have low self-esteem, anxiety and depression thatContinue reading “Dementia and agoraphobia!”

What lies beneath.

DEAR ABBY: I’ve been dating “Karl” for five years. We live separately. I thought our relationship was pretty solid until a recent health scare. A few days ago, I had a severe allergic reaction to something I ate at dinner. When I realized how serious it was, I immediately rushed to the ER. (I hadContinue reading “What lies beneath.”

Priorities and secrets.

Dear Amy: I have been with my husband for three years. He is White and I am Black. His parents are wonderful to me, and often go out of their way to help us out. They treat me just like their own daughter. Unfortunately, they have a dog, “Danny,” who is “mean,” according to them.Continue reading “Priorities and secrets.”

Size, and where’s the virtue?

DEAR ABBY: I’ve been dealing with some emotional stress for well over a year. I’ve recently found out my wife’s ex was much more well-endowed than I am. I understand that’s not the most important thing, but it is messing with me mentally. One reason is, a long time ago when she was drunk, sheContinue reading “Size, and where’s the virtue?”

Let’s not rule it out entirely, Dear Abby…

DEAR ABBY: My 28-year-old daughter is having our first grandchild. My daughter and I have a good relationship, but she doesn’t want me to be around when she goes into labor. All her life I have been the most loving and caring mother I could be to her. She has a great husband. Should IContinue reading “Let’s not rule it out entirely, Dear Abby…”

Deception.

DEAR HARRIETTE: I have a 4-month-old daughter with a woman I never dated exclusively but was hanging out with for a while. When she told me she was pregnant, I asked about any other men, and she said there was no one else. I accepted that, and my family and I stood by her theContinue reading “Deception.”

Psyche and Eros.

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend of four years recently admitted that he cheated on me six months ago. I was blindsided. Until the day he told me, I thought we shared everything. The hollowness and betrayal I feel is sometimes overwhelming. He explained that at the time, he was dealing with substance issues and depression, whichContinue reading “Psyche and Eros.”

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