A strong mood disorder characterized by sadness, discouragement, despair, or hopelessness and lasts for weeks, months, or even longer. Enjoyment of life and ability to function socially and in day to day matters is disrupted by intense sadness, despair, numbness.
An anxiety disorder characterized by irrational dread and tension over everyday events, issues or objects. Many with this problem weave a web of excessive worry that encompasses a wide range of everyday situations, many of them quite trivial. In generalized anxiety, the fears are more pervasive and less easy to plan around than are those associated with phobias.
Characterized by sudden rush of fear, feelings of extreme terror and dread that strike unexpectedly and repeatedly with no warning, often accompanied by intense physical symptoms, such as chest pain, pounding heart, shortness of breath, a choking or suffocating sensation, dizziness, or abdominal distress or other physical symptoms.
They often occur in response to a stressful situation or during a period of chronic emotional stress. Attacks can occur in the most familiar and seemingly non-threatening settings, at the grocery store, in church or while driving along a familiar road. Suffers often describe a feeling of unreality during the attack.
Someone experiencing a panic attack may feel on the verge of losing control, going crazy or even dying; he or she may suddenly start screaming, run away or otherwise create a scene. In most instances, the feelings pass within a few moments. Proper diagnosis is critical. Many sufferers of panic disorder are convinced they have heart disease because of the pounding heart and choking sensations. They may drift from one doctor to another, being reassured that their hearts are fine but never getting to the root of their problem.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Characterized by intrusive, unwanted, repetitive thoughts and rituals performed out of a feeling of urgent need; at least one-third of adult cases begins in childhood.
Individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder are plagued by uncertainty, manifested in obsessions (persistent unwanted thoughts or impulses) and compulsions (senseless rituals performed either to prevent or bring about a future event).
An anxiety disorder in which a person suffers from an intense, almost paralyzing amount of fear of a certain activity, situation or a person. Excessive fear of an object or situation, such as dogs, heights, loud sounds, flying, costumed characters, enclosed spaces, etc.
Extreme fear of embarrassment or being scrutinized;
It is hard to image life without relationships. They define you, nurture you, and protect you and can affect you in ways that are at times beyond your awareness. Distress often arises from the difficulties within relationships. Relationships with a spouse, a child, a parent, a friend, a significant other or a colleague can be a source of personal pain and helplessness.
Working with a therapist can help you in understanding the root of the problem and developing the attitudes and skills you will need to improve your relationship.
Post Traumatic Stress
A condition that can occur after exposure to a terrifying event, most often characterized by the repeated re-experience of the ordeal in the form of frightening, intrusive memories, and brings on hyper-vigilance and deadening of normal emotions.
Healthy relationships are characterized by respect, sharing and trust. They are based on the belief that both partners are equal, that the power and control in the relationship are equally shared.
Severe emotional reaction to a difficult event and life changes. Acute problems related to life stressors or interpersonal difficulties
Psychological problems related to medical illness.
Evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of dementia and psychiatric conditions that might be associated with dementia including depression, agitation, anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations and behavioral disturbances.
Psychiatric illnesses during pregnancy and post-partum period.
Psychotic Disorders: Schizophrenia & Paranoid Disorders