Disorders

 

Anxiety Disorders

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Anxiety is a normal and important human emotion that everyone experiences at times. It tells us we could be in a potentially harmful situation. It is very common to feel nervous or concerned when you are meet someone new, have a problem at work, or when you have to make an important decision. These discomforts are not a disorder. 

Fear is bigger and can be so powerful that it can stop you cold in your tracks. We all share many fears – darkness, the future, snakes, and heights, and maybe the in-laws. Serious or chronic dismay can stop you from learning new skills, cause you to be too quiet, or lead you to doubt the trustworthiness of other people.

Panic, Social Anxiety, Phobias, and Generalized Anxiety are specific disorders identified by the DSM 5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition). These anxiety disorders can be so distressing that they interfere with your general wellbeing and ability to lead a normal life. If left untreated they can be overwhelming and immobilizing. Contact me for more information and some worksheets about these conditions.

 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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What everyone with OCD has in common is an uncomfortable feeling inside, a sense that something is not OK, not done well enough, or that they are in some sort of peril. The repeated compulsive behaviors are each person’s attempts to reduce or or prevent these noxious feelings.

OCD is related to other anxiety disorders because this internal pressure or uneasiness feels similar to anxiety. While there are different general categories of how OCD affects a person, everyone with the condition is unique and can have habits and beliefs that other people do not recognize as OCD. Treatment for OCD is two-fold – Behavioral Modification and Pharmacotherapy.

Repeated studies show that combined treatment with both Behavioral Modification and Pharmacotherapy produces best results. Working closely with your therapist and prescribing physician is your best plan. Contact me now to get started

Adults with ADHD

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Yes, adults can have ADHD too. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) refers to those people who often are more disorganized or distracted than others. They find they are less productive than they would like, get frustrated over small things, feel in a rush all the time, and struggle when needing to multitask - even when it feels good to do three things at once.

 After spending a lifetime struggling with the all disappointing and frustrating behaviors of ADHD, you may find you also now grapple with self-esteem and experience friction with your family members. You may have problems getting along with others at school and work. They get frustrated by you repeatedly making mistakes, losing things, and forgetting tasks. You are annoyed by your lack of follow-through, and all the piles of half completed projects get in the way. Your marriage or job may be at risk. The good news is that once identified correctly and understood, ADHD is often easily treated. The interference it has caused in your life can be greatly reduced.

 

Major Depressive Disorder

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More than sadness and grief, the flatness and emptiness of Depression can interfere significantly with your life. Significant loss, chronic stress, even illness can leave you filled with doubt and darkness. You may find it difficult to think clearly, move easily, and sometimes, even to feel anything at all. The past is unexplainable, the present is unacceptable, and the future is invisible.

Depression (Major Depressive Disorder) is one of the most common psychological complaints, with fully 20% of Americans suffering from it sometime during their life. It is a physical illness, and one of the most lethal. Approximately 15% of those who develop Major Depressive Disorder die. The incredibly sad part is that they die by their own hand. 

Depression is also a very treatable illness: 80% of people can find at least some relief. Even after the great deal of research time and effort expended over the last 30 years, a clear understanding of exactly what causes depression still is not fully understood. What is known is that there is breakdown in the normal neurotransmitter systems of certain parts of the brain. Some systems become significantly more sensitive to stimulation while others extremely less so. Treatments are designed to help get these systems back to normal function. Psychotherapy along with medication, TMS, or other medical treatments can give you your life back.

 


Helpful Resources


Links to help you better understand Anxiety.


Links to help you better understand Depression.