We have used a variety of therapeutic
approaches and/or medications to treat children and adults with
the following conditions:
Anxiety (phobias, separation or social fears, school refusal,
generalized anxiety, or post-traumatic stress).
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) – recurring obsessions (troublesome
and intrusive thoughts) and/or compulsions (repetitive behaviors
or rituals such as hand washing, counting, checking to see if doors
are locked) which are often seen as senseless but which interfere
with an individual’s daily functioning.
Depression – lasting feelings of sadness, helplessness, hopelessness,
unworthiness and guilt, inability to feel happiness, a decline in
school or work performance, changes in sleeping and eating habits.
Bipolar Disorder (manic-depression) – periods of depression alternating
with manic periods, which may include irritability, euphoric mood,
excessive energy, impulsive behavior, staying up all night, and
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – short attention
span, trouble concentrating, restlessness, forgetfulness, low frustration
tolerance, problems getting along with family and friends, hyperactivity/impulsivity.
Autism (or other pervasive developmental disorders such as Asperger’s
Syndrome) – characterized by severe deficits in social reciprocity,
language, and/or thinking or ability to learn, usually diagnosed
in early childhood.
Eating Disorders – either food restriction (anorexia nervosa)
or binge eating and vomiting (bulimia), or a combination of the
Substance Abuse Disorders
Substance abuse disorders – alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, cocaine/methamphetamine/stimulants,
heroin/opiates, LSD, club drugs (ecstasy, GHB, ketamine), prescription
drugs (benzos, Ambien, Soma, etc.), inhalants.
Psychosis – irrational beliefs, paranoia, hallucinations (hearing
voices, seeing things that don’t exist), social withdrawal, strange
behavior, persistent rituals, and deterioration of personal hygiene.
May be seen in developmental disorders, severe depression, schizophrenia,
and some forms of substance abuse.
Conduct disorder – severe aggression, assaultiveness, excessive
property damage, lying, cheating, self-abuse (cutting, head banging).
Sleep problems – insomnia, night terrors, sleep walking, separation
anxiety, excessive bedwetting beyond age 5.
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