Depression affects every area of a person's life. It is pervasive because it can start out as a minor mood problem and then if left untreated can affect sleep, energy, motivation, interest in activities, family relationships, friendships and lead to job loss. It can affect a person’s ability to focus and concentrate, affect appetite, affect the ability to move, and lead to increased feelings of guilt, hopelessness and worthlessness. The most serious aspects of depression can affect a person’s thinking leading to thoughts of self harming behaviors, harming others, thoughts of suicide and even cause hallucinations. There are many options available for treatment including many medication options, vitamin and herbal supplement augmentation and more invasive treatments such as ketamine, TMS and ECT treatments.
Symptoms Include: Feelings of sadness, emptiness, hopelessness, irritable mood, decreased interest in activities, weight loss or weight gain, either not sleeping enough or sleeping too much, feelings of agitation or feeling very slowed down physically, loss of energy and fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, excessive or inappropriate guilt, trouble concentrating or inability to make decisions, recurrent thoughts of death, or suicidal ideation.
Depressive disorders include Major Depressive Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder or Dysthymia, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Depression Secondary to a medical disorder and Substance or Medication Induced Depressive Disorder.
Anxiety and Panic
Everyone is affected by anxiety in some way throughout their life. When the symptoms of anxiety, worry or panic become overwhelming, treatment options exist. One of the most commonly known treatments for anxiety is with benzodiazepines, (Ativan, Valium, and Xanax). Although they well known medications they are in many ways not the best medications for treatment of anxiety or panic due to complicated side effects and the potential for addiction. There are many options available for treatment including CBT Therapy, learning and improving coping skills as well as many classes of medications which can help with anxiety and panic disorders.
PTSD and Trauma
Those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after Trauma can suffer with may debilitating symptoms including poor sleep from nightmares or night terrors, flashbacks of the trauma, reliving the experience, hyper vigilance of a person's environment and social isolation. People suffering from trauma need specialized therapeutic care to help process the their emotions in combination with medications. We offer supportive psychotherapy and medication management working with therapists specifically trained in trauma and grief processing.
ADHD, Autism, and Behavioral Disorders
Parents of children with ADHD and Behavioral Disorders can suffer from feelings of helplessness in attempting to find the right combination of therapeutic interventions and medications. We offer both medication and non-medication options for care of children with ADHD, Autism and Behavioral Disorders. We also offer individual parenting support as well as parenting support groups.
Bipolar Disorders and Mood Episodes
Bipolar disorder both Type I and Type II, along with mood disorders need specialized treatment and long term support. Sleep quality, a balanced diet and social supports are also are integral in effective treatment of bipolar disorder. We offer a combination of medication management and support for effective treatment. We also offer family support for families caring for loved ones with bipolar disorders and mood episodes.
Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders
Schizophrenia and psychotic disorders are very debilitating and affect the functioning of a person's life in every area. Those suffering with Schizophrenia and psychotic disorders need specialized care and will likely have more hospitalizations than many of the other disorders. The medications to treat Schizophrenia and psychotic disorders are complex in nature and must be followed closely by a physician due to the varied side effects. People with Schizophrenia and psychotic disorders can have delusions, hallucinations, disorganized thinking, disorganized speech, abnormal motor behaviors and negative or catatonic symptoms. The course of Schizophrenia and psychotic disorders varies from those requiring medications that can maintain independent living and a light work schedule to those requiring intensive assistance who can not live independently. We can help with medication management and referral to local services that are available if needed. We also offer family support for those caring for loved ones.