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I am tired, shouting at everyone at home

Published:Tuesday | September 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Q I am so tired in the evenings and find that I am shouting at everyone. The helper is complaining, the children are complaining and my neighbour, who is a close friend, says I need rest. I feel fine though. What should I do?

A: You need to go to your medical doctor for a check up and get some rest. If you are eligible for vacation leave, take a couple of weeks and go and get some rest. If not, after your medical check up, start exercising and cultivating a prayer life.

Q My 10-year-old drowned two years ago. I still get very sad on the anniversary date of his death. Am I crazy?

A: It will take a while to get over any tragic loss. Speak to a counsellor or psychologist who will be able to help you cope with this situation.

Q My 16-year-old son has started coming in at late hours. When I speak with him, he says that he is following his father who comes in late every night. How do I stop him?

A: Speak with your son about the dangers of getting home late. You need to find out why he is coming in late, where he is and what he is doing out late at night.

Orlean Brown-Earle, PhD, is a child psychologist and family therapist. Dr Brown-Earle works with children with learning and behavioural problems throughout the island and in the Caribbean. Email questions to or send to Ask the Doc, c/o The Gleaner Company, 7 North Street, Kingston. Responses to concerns are to be considered as general, as cases shared with psychologists privately would be queried more deeply. Pray always!