What other kinds of patients do you treat? Good question!
The below conditions happen to a lot of people and are nothing to be ashamed of.
– Agoraphobia is a type of disorder where persons struggle greatly with anxiety, specifically anxiety associated with leaving their home, being around other people, or leaving their comfort zone. People who struggle with agoraphobia depend very heavily on their safe space. This is a type of anxiety disorder which takes special time, attention, and cognitive and behavioral adaptations to overcome.
– ADHD is a common diagnosis for both adults and children. It can affect behaviors, relationships, communication, learning, and more. In therapy, we help the individual with ADHD understand what the symptoms of the disorder are, how it affects their life and relationships, and how to self-regulate to lessen the effects of symptoms of the disorder.
– Persons with this disorder commonly experience “high highs and low lows.” This means that the person’s mood may change suddenly and can vary from episodes of severe depression to episodes of dangerously elevated mood and behaviors. To treat bipolar disorder most effectively, medication and psychotherapy together are essential to help the patient manage and stabilize their mood and behaviors.
Borderline Personality Disorder
– Borderline Personality Disorder can form from insecure attachments, where the person diagnosed develops a core fear of abandonment. Persons who experience this disorder are often seeking love and affection, validation, and have typically had unstable or unloving relationships in their lives prior to developing the disorder. The person then seeks love and affection through negative behaviors, which often escalate in severity and danger. Treatment for borderline personality disorder requires intensive psychotherapy and a willingness to change from the patient suffering with the disorder.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
– Obsessive Compulsive Disorders are characterized by two things: obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are thought patterns that occur repeatedly, such as numbers, words, phrases, etc. which cycle endlessly. Compulsions are a desire to complete an act – but with OCD, if the person does not complete the compulsive act, they feel as if something dire will occur. Ex. If I do not turn the soap so the label is facing forward then my family will die. OCD is a type of anxiety disorder which requires therapy to help the person identify, understand, and change their thoughts and behaviors to lessen the severity of their symptoms. *Note: A person does not need to have both obsessions and compulsions to be diagnosed with OCD.
– Panic disorder is another type of anxiety disorder which requires therapy to help the person identify, understand, and change their thoughts and behaviors to lessen the severity of their symptoms. People who experience panic disorder experience frequent and severe panic attacks. The panic attacks become so unmanageable that they are unable to live their lives normally and require therapy to help them find peace once again.
– These disorders typically have a strong biological component and develop between the ages of 16 and 30. Contrary to popular belief, persons with schizophrenia can lead normal lives, have jobs, families, etc. just like anyone with a mental illness. Typically a combination of psychotherapy and medication is most helpful to decrease symptoms to a point where they are manageable for the individual to continue to live and participate in normal, everyday activities.
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