We care about mental health. While recognizing that physical, emotional, spiritual, and social factors are at play, we treat conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, OCD, grief and social anxiety. We look at underlying factors such as childhood abuse and trauma to help you be well in body, mind, and spirit.
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 sadness and a lack of enjoyment of life, and physical symptoms, such as insomnia 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 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. This type of anxiety is adaptive. But for millions of people in the United States, the anxiety does not go away, and gets worse over time. All-consuming worry or panic attacks can make life difficult. We have experence tailoring a treatment that can help.
PTSD can occur after living through or seeing a traumatic event, such as war, a hurricane, sexual assault, physical abuse, or a bad car accident. PTSD is a physiologic reaction that can include avoidance, hyperarousal, reactivity, and anxiety long after the danger is over. We can walk with you towards healing.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder. It involves frequent, upsetting thoughts called obsessions. To try to control the the anxiety these thoughts cause there may be an overwhelming urge to repeat certain rituals or behaviors. These are called compulsions. Examples of obsessions are a fear of germs, obsessive self-doubt, fear of religious sins, or a fear of being hurt. Effective treatments are available.
Attention deficit (and sometimes hyperactivity) disorder can result in a frustrating inability to pay attention when it's important and to stay on task, resulting in difficulties at school and work. Treated, children can improve their ability to interact with others, their productivity in school, and their self-esteem. After a thorough assessment, a variety of treatment approaches can be discussed.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder and other impulse control disorders such as Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder and Intermittent Explosive Disorder are difficult for the child and the entire family, and common in children who have experienced foster care, adoption, birth, or early life trauma. Specific therapies and medications may be helpful.
Bipolar disorder is a serious and common mental illness. It is associated with episodes of mood changes. There may be excessively irritable moods, or "up" moods, going from excess activity and racing thoughts to depressed and hopeless, "down" moods. There may be normal moods in between. Bipolar disorder functions within a spectrum, and runs in families, but effective treatments 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. Complex grief can include unresolved emotions and/or depression. Therapy may be beneficial, and sometimes, when grief is prolonged and difficult to resolve, medication treatment can be useful.