We care about mental health. While recognizing that physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and cultural factors are at play, we treat conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar II, panic disorder, OCD, grief and social anxiety and refer you to appropriate specialists. We look at underlying factors such as childhood abuse and trauma to help you be well in body, mind, and spirit. We both treat mental health issues and refer you to specific therapists that specialize in your particular condition.
Depression is a serious medical illness. If you are one of the more than 19 million teens and adults in the United States who have depression, emotional symptoms, such as lack of enjoyment of life, and physical symptoms, such as body pain and fatigue, do not go away. They persist and interfere with your everyday life. Depression is a disorder of the brain. There are a variety of causes, including genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. There are also a variety of treatments, which we tailor to the individual.
Fear and anxiety are part of life. You may feel anxious before you take a test or walk down a dark street. This kind of anxiety is useful -- it can make you more alert or careful. It usually ends soon after you are out of the situation that caused it. But for millions of people in the United States, the anxiety does not go away, and gets worse over time. They may have all-comsuming worry or chest pains. We have lots of experence tailoring a treatment that can help.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a real illness. You can get PTSD after living through or seeing a traumatic event, such as war, a hurricane, sexual assault, physical abuse, or a bad accident. PTSD causes stress and anxiety after the danger is over. We can walk with you towards healing.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder. If you have OCD, you have frequent, upsetting thoughts called obsessions. To try to control the thoughts, you feel an overwhelming urge to repeat certain rituals or behaviors. These are called compulsions. Examples of obsessions are a fear of germs or a fear of being hurt. Compulsions include washing your hands, counting, checking on things, or cleaning. With OCD, the thoughts and rituals cause distress and get in the way of your daily life. However, good treatments are available.
Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness. People who have it go through unusual mood changes. They go from very happy, "up," and active to very sad and hopeless, "down," and inactive, and then back again. They often have normal moods in between. The up feeling is called hypomania. The down feeling is depression. Bipolar spectrum runs in families, but effective treatment are available.
When you grieve, it's part of the normal process of reacting to a loss. You may experience grief as a mental, physical, social or emotional reaction. Mental reactions can include anger, guilt, anxiety, sadness and despair. Physical reactions can include sleeping problems, changes in appetite, physical problems or illness.