Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder of a neurodevelopmental type. Many of the characteristics of ADHD can include unable to pay attention, excessive activity, difficulty controlling one’s behavior which is not appropriate for a person’s age. These symptoms can begin as early as age six to twelve and need to be present for more than six month and cause problems in two settings like home and school. ADHD can cause impairments in modern society, many children and adults can have a good attention span for tasks his/she find interesting. I can offer help by utilizing
Addiction is the abuse or dependence of certain substances like alcohol, pain killers, and illicit drugs. Addiction is not limited to just alcohol and drugs, it can include an addiction to sex, gambling, overeating and even shopping. Basically, it is behaviors that are repeated and desired to the point where they lead to a downfall. A person can find themselves building up a tolerance (need more to achieve the desired effect) to sustain and is unable to decrease or stop. A person can become preoccupied with the thoughts and behaviors related to the substance with little or no regard to other important activities in life. When a person chooses to make a positive change, and find him/herself wanting to stop negative emotional and physical effects will occur when there is a discontinued of use.
Many times, individuals want change, but do not know where to start. Depending on the nature of the substance and stage of recovery, I can help you and your family work through the addiction and help get his/her life back.
Everyone can feel anxious now and then. It is a normal emotion. Many people may feel nervous when faced with problem at work, school or even making an important decision.
Anxiety disorder is different. Anxiety can cause such great distress that it interferes with a person’s ability to lead a normal life. People who have anxiety, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming which can be disabling. With the right treatment, many people can manage those feelings and get back to a very fulfilling life.
At one time or another, we have felt sad or depressed. Felling depressed can be a normal reaction to loss, life struggle, or just an injured self-esteem. However, when feelings of intense sadness, and feeling of helpless, hopeless, and worthless that last or many days to week and keep you from functionally normally, your depression maybe something more than general sadness. Depression is a treatable condition. According the to the DSM-5 which a manual used to help diagnose mental disorder, depression occurs when a person has at least 5 symptoms that last for two weeks or more. Some of the symptoms can include depressed mood during most of the day, especially in the morning, loss of energy or fatigue almost every day, feeling worthlessness or guilt almost every day, indecisiveness, insomnia, or hypersomnia (excessive sleeping), diminished interest or pleasure in activities, recurring thought or death, sense of restless or being slowed down, and change in weight gain or loss that is significant. Therapy can help you sort through those feelings, develop a plan of action to help manage the symptoms, and enjoy your life once again.
There are many kinds of families. Some families have two parents, while others have one. Sometimes there is no parent and grandparents are raising grandchildren. Some children live in foster families, adoptive families or in stepfamilies. It is understanding that families are more than just a group or people who share the same genetic makeup and mailing address. Families should be a source of love and support for everyone in that family. It does not mean that everyone in a family gets along all the time. Conflict and issues are part of family life. There are many things that may lead to conflict, such as an illness, disability, addiction, job loss, school problems and even marital issues. Listening to each other and working to resolve conflicts are important in strengthening the family. Meeting with a counselor is the first step in helping the family establish communication skills, and conflict resolution ideas to help rebuild the family again.
Self-Esteem is often a word you hear that relates to a positive view of ourselves. Self-worth, self-respect and self-value are other terms to describe self-esteem. We know that self-esteem can play a factor in success. A person with too little self-esteem can feel defeated or depressed. It can also lead a person to make bad choices, fall into destructive relationship, or just give up to what was his/her full potential. Too much self-esteem related to narcissism (vanity) which can even damage personal relationships.
Self-esteem levels can be either high and low ends of the spectrum can be damaging, so it is ideal is to have a balance that is somewhere in between. Having a realistic positive view on oneself is the goal. You might be wondering where does self-esteem come from and how does it influence our lives. Self-esteem can be a personality trait, which means that it tends to be stable and enduring. It can involve a variety of beliefs about the self, like appraisal of one own’s appearance, emotions, and behaviors. There are many different factors that can attribute to how a person feels about him/her self. Even though genetics can help shape and play a role, it is often our experiences that form the basis for our self-esteem. Those who are consistently receiving negative and critical remarks from family, friends, will experience problems with low self-esteem. Reaching out with to a counselor will help a person work through those negative beliefs and increase his/ her self-worth.
Stress! What is stress and how does it affect us? We all have found ourselves in situations where your to- do list is endless, deadlines are approaching and your children need you right now. And of course, you are thinking and feeling that you are stressed!? Let us get one thing straight, stress in not a “bad” thing. Stress is a primary physical response. When stressed, the body will think it is under attack and switches over to the fight or flight mode preparing the body for physical action. The heart many pound fast, breathing will increase which allows us to focus our attention to a situation. So, at times, stress is very helpful to our survival in certain situations. The challenge that occurs is when we find our bodies going into a state of stress in inappropriate situations. If you are in a state of stress for long periods for time it can be detrimental to our health.
Is there help for Stress? Sure, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT) is one way to help reduce stress levels by learning techniques that can alter the negative thought patterns that result in stress. Depending on the issues surrounding a person’s stress working on those issues will help reduce it. Teaching new stress reduction tactics that can be done anywhere at any time. Overall, stress can be beneficial to us in certain circumstances. However, when stress is chronic and is interfering with peace of mind then it is time to reach out for help in learning how to manage stress.