Anxiety & Depression

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Anxiety Disorders are the most common psychological disorders in the U.S. with 19.1 million (13.3%) of the adult population (ages 18-54) affected. This number increases when you factor in the high number of older adults who suffer from anxiety disorders.

Anxiety Disorders include:

  • Panic Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Phobias (e.g., lizards, heights, flying)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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All five Anxiety Disorders can cause overwhelming and persistent anxiety, fear, and interfere with daily living. Fortunately, the vast majority of those with an Anxiety Disorder can be helped with the right professional care. Most experts agree that anxiety disorders are caused by a combination of both biological and environmental factors. Individual psychotherapy can help individuals learn coping skills to manage their anxiety. Cognitive-Behavioral therapy has been found to be effective in the treatment of many anxiety disorders. Additionally, some individuals may benefit from medication therapy in combination with psychotherapy. Anxiety Disorders often include symptoms such as the following:

  • restlessness, feeling “keyed up” or “on edge”
  • becoming easily fatigued
  • trouble concentrating (or mind “going blank”)
  • irritability
  • muscle tension, aches, or soreness
  • trouble falling or staying asleep, or unsatisfying sleep
  • excessive worry or obsessions
  • heart racing
  • trembling
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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), while technically an Anxiety Disorder, appears on the surface to be very different and therefore we will explain it a little more. It affects both men and women equally. One-third of afflicted adults had their first symptoms in childhood. Symptoms of OCD include either recurrent and unwanted obsessions (thoughts, impulses, images) or compulsions (repetitive behaviors in an effort to prevent or reduce distress or an event). The person recognizes that the obsessions or compulsions are excessive and unreasonable and have caused significant distress, are time consuming, or significantly interfere with the person’s normal routine. Common obsessions and compulsions include:

  • hand washing
  • counting
  • door checking
  • praying
  • thoughts of contamination
  • need for order or symmetry
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Mood Disorders

Depression currently affects more than 14 million people To treat this disorder the first step is acquire proper diagnosis of this debilitating mood disorder.

Aside from depression, other mood disorders treated include bipolar disorder (manic-depression), dysthymia, and adjustment disorders. We are skilled in a variety of treatment approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, and family therapy. We are mindful of how incapacitating depression can be to all aspects of your life, particularly your relationships. As a result, we team with our patients to improve mood, energy levels, zest for life, motivation, and daily functioning. We will help reduce irritability, appetite and sleep disturbances, and difficulty with concentration and memory. And, of course, we will help restore hope. The success rate for treating depression is high – approximately 80% of people get better with proper and skillful treatment.

Individual Therapy will be used to treat many areas of concern including but not limited to:

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Childhood Issues
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Relationships
  • ADD & AD/HD
  • Fears & Phobias
  • Grief and Loss
  • Gay /Lesbian Concerns
  • Stress
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Behavior Modification
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
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