Posts by Doug McKinley

schizophrenia symptoms, symptoms of schizophrenia, signs of schizophrenia

Ask Dr. McKinley: Do I Have Schizophrenia?

A teen feels she might be experiencing schizophrenia symptoms. I am 13 years old, and I have been noticing some things that have been going on lately with me are related to schizophrenia. Do I have it? Some of my symptoms are hearing noises and people I know talking about me in my head, getting nervous about talking or being with people or my close friends, and believing things that I know can’t possibly be real. —Looking        …read more

leave husband

Ask Dr. McKinley: Should I Leave My Alcoholic Spouse for My Twin Flame?

A reader asks if it’s time to leave a marriage marred by alcohol abuse. Dear Dr. McKinley, I have been married for 15 years. Left him three times because of his drinking and love him to death. He is my best friend. We have four children, but I met someone who is exactly my twin flame. I never knew about it and was researching the feelings that we felt and found twin flame. Should I leave        …read more


Ask Dr. McKinley: How Can I Overcome Worry and Insomnia?

Dr. McKinley suggests three sources of energy to draw from when you’re emotionally drained and suffering from insomnia. Dear Dr. McKinley, I am a 43-year-old woman. My fiancé and I broke up two years ago, and I’m still having a hard time getting out of bed. I recently got a promotion at work and if it weren’t for Adderall I’m not sure that would have occurred. However, I have developed a bit of insomnia. For        …read more

internet troll

Please Don’t Feed the Internet Troll

A psychologist’s perspective on how someone becomes an internet troll — and how to respond. Have you ever faced off against an internet troll? What did it look like? Some of you may vaguely recall a fairy tale involving a bridge (and some oddly named goats) where a troll was the hungry antagonist. It’s more likely, however, that many of you imagined a gigantic brute: an ugly, angry, dim-witted creature intent on ruining everyone’s day. Authors J.R.R.        …read more

grow up

Ask Dr. McKinley: I’m 42 and Feel 12 around My Parents

Psychologist Doug McKinley shares 3 principles of living authentically as an adult when it seems like your parents don’t want you to grow up. Dear Dr. McKinley, I think my upbringing was so focused with religion and discipline that I can’t deal with life. I’m 42 and I feel 12. When I’m around my parents, I feel small and powerless. I lie about my beliefs and hide my life from them. I’m exhausted and afraid! I’ve        …read more


Ask Dr. McKinley: How Can We Prove Our Acceptance of Our Gay Son?

A mom asks how to repair the rift between her husband and their son. Dear Dr. McKinley, Our son, who’s in his midtwenties, came out about five years ago. My husband has tried to accept every part of his life. Things had been going well until recently, when we went for a visit. Our son has a new boyfriend. They’re very physical with one another. We went to dinner, just the three of us. Our        …read more


We Aren’t Clowning Around about Coulrophobia

No joke: lots of people suffer from coulrophobia, the fear of clowns. The same characters we call clowns, who are meant to entertain and make us laugh, surprisingly are the object of a phobia known as coulrophobia. No joke: thousands of humans are afraid of clowns. Let’s break it down. When there is persistent, irrational, intense fear of a specific activity, situation or object, such as clowns, it is labeled a “specific phobia.” Psychologists classify these, under a        …read more