conditions & Symptoms

Children, teens, and adults can develop a variety of symptoms and disorders that can impair family, school, work, and social functioning. Using effective, condition-specific therapies, we are able to help our client's overcome their emotional and behavioral challenges and get back to enjoying life.

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Depression

Chronic or acute feelings of sadness, hopelessness, unworthiness and guilt; irritability and anger; decreased energy and feelings of fatigue; loss of interest or enjoyment in usual activities; a decline in concentration and productivity; changes in sleep and appetite; suicidal ideation and/or self-harming behaviors.

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Bi-Polar Disorder

Severe, abrupt, cyclical changes in mood alternating from depressed to elated; easily and extremely agitated and irritable; grandiosity and unrealistic plans and expectations; excessive energy and reduced need for sleep; highly impulsive and impairments in judgment.

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Anxiety

Excessive ongoing worry, and/or fearfulness; tension and irritability; school refusal, phobias, panic attacks; distress over separation from caregivers; compulsive thoughts and rituals; difficulty concentrating; trouble falling or staying asleep; fatigue, headaches and other somatic complaints.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder

Poor concentration; easily distracted and off-task; restlessness; trouble following directions; forgetfulness; poor frustration tolerance; hyperactivity; impulsivity; peer and social difficulties; usually evident before age seven; occurs across home, school, and social settings.

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Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Frequent arguing; angry outbursts; refusal to comply with requests and rules; deliberate attempts to annoy or frustrate others; inability to take responsibility for actions; frequently spiteful and vindictive.

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Exposure to terrifying or life-threatening circumstances; intrusive thoughts; avoidance and withdrawal; flashbacks; nightmares and interrupted sleep; hyper-vigilance and exaggerated startle response; emotional numbness and detachment; feelings of irritability and depression.

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Conduct Disorder

Frequent fighting; bullies intimidates and threatens others; stealing; destruction of property; cruelty towards people and/or animals; fire-setting; lying and manipulation of others; moderate to severe aggression; severe non-compliance with rules; curfew violations and runaway behavior.

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Asperger’s Syndrome

Difficulty with routine transitions; trouble understanding social cues, body language and facial expressions; poor modulation of speech; avoids eye contact; fixation with only one or few interests; preoccupation with non-functional routines, details and rules; focused on parts of objects; repetitive movements and gestures; impaired fine and/or gross motor skills; acute sensitivity to touch, taste, textures, and loud sounds; usually has normal language development and average to above average intelligence.

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Substance Use Disorders

Self-medicating through the use of alcohol, marijuana, amphetamines, cocaine, inhalants, over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs, etc. Often called co-occurring disorders due to presence of additional significant mental health issues such those detailed above. 

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Agoraphobia

Phobic avoidance and fear of being trapped, having a panic attack, or being embarrassed away from their home (safe place). Fear of being alone; overdependence on others; fear of losing control in stressful environment (elevator, airplane, train). Panic symptoms mount with greater distance away from safe place. 

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Persistent worry and inordinate chronic thinking /expecting negative future outcomes; indecisive and fear of making a wrong decision; inability to tolerate uncertainty; agitated, irritable, and heightened startle response. Sleep problems; cold sweats; difficulty concentrating; inability to relax; muscle tension; headaches; stomach discomfort.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessions (thoughts): Involuntary repeating images, thoughts, or impulses that are temporally relieved by a ritualized behavior; thoughts of contamination, harming oneself or others, need for symmetry (things must line up or be balanced); intrusive thoughts of sexual or violent themes. Compulsions (behavior): excessive checking locks, switches, appliances; repetitive tapping and/or counting; repeated washing or cleaning; requiring things be orderly and “just right”.

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