Conditions We Treat
Have you ever found it difficult to concentrate, or felt fidgety and anxious? For most of us, these are temporary feelings we occasionally experience, but for people with Attention Deficit Disorder these and other behaviors are chronic and pervasive – to the point of disrupting everyday life. This common disorder affects up to 9% of school age children and generally persisist into adulthood.
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) initially appears in childhood and is characterized by inattentive behavior and/or hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
Everyone has occasional moments where we have trouble paying attention, sitting still or resisting an impulse. For some people, however, these behaviors are so uncontrollable they interfere with everyday life activities like work, school or socializing.
Learning disorders impact how well a person can understand, remember and process new information. Most learning disorders impact children at a very young age although symptoms are usually not recognized until the child reaches school age and they fall behind students of similar age, grade level, and intelligence.
Experiences involving a traumatic event leave those involved with overwhelming and frightening emotions as the mind and the body attempts to make sense of what happened. Most people manage to process their emotions and return to a normal life. In some cases, people remain in psychologial shock, unable to disconnect their memory of the event with their emotions – also known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Success or failure in competitive professional environments, like sports and business, is defined by marginal differences in outcome – a split second or a better decision can change everything. Often, this marginal advantage comes down to one simple variable: focus.
Athletes and professionals who are able to focus better under the stress of competition will simply perform better. They are able to block out distractions, respond more quickly and execute their craft more precisely.
Autism is first diagnosed in early childhood and affects a child's normal development in language, social interaction and behavior. An estimated 1 in 100 children in the U.S. are affected by Autism, making it the third most common developmental disability in the country. As Autism carries into adulthood, these individuals continue to face the challenging behaviors and symptoms associated with Autism.
Asperger’s syndrome is a developmental disorder that makes it difficult for an individual to interact with other people. Often considered a high-functioning form of Autism, Asperger's syndrome makes it difficult to interact socially and children with the disorder are often clumsy and may experience delays in normal motor skill development.
Over 17 million adults experience clinical depression every year, making it one of the most common psychological problems in the United States. Depression can make it a challenge to perform even routine daily activities and in more severe cases, depression may lead to thoughts or attempts of suicide. The pain and suffering from depression affects both those with the disorder and their families.
The Center for Attention Deficit and Learning Disorders provides treatment options for depression, with a program designed around the individual.
Everyone has the occasional moment where we feel the need to go back and check to make sure we turned off all the lights or locked all the doors before we leave the house. However, in people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), the thoughts and behaviors we occasionally feel become so excessive that they interfere with daily life. OCD is an anxiety disorder where uncontrollable, unwanted thoughts, and repetitive, ritualized behaviors are overwhelming. People with OCD realize their obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors are irrational - but have difficulty resisting them.
It is common for children to be defiant during their developmental stages, where they naturally test their limits. During these times, such as the toddler years or teen years, children act with defiance in order to assert themselves – and sometimes they can act out with defiance when they are hungry, tired or upset.
Everyone experiences mood swings to some degree, from time to time. However, for people with Bipolar disorder, also called manic-depressive illness, they will experience sudden, severe mood swings, switching from very good states of mind to very irritable or depressed states of mind very quickly. The symptoms of Bipolar disorder can lead to damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide.
We all experience anger on occasion. It is a very natural, healthy human emotion we generally can control. However, when anger unpredictably becomes out of control and destructive, it can lead to a variety of problems with work, relationships and a person's overall quality of life.
Anger management provides treatment for people who have challenges controlling their anger, helping to reduce the causes (or triggers), degree of anger and overall effects of anger. With effective treatment, individuals can learn to manage their anger and lead normal, productive lives.
Every year, millions of people experience some form of a head injury, although in some cases when the head is injured because of a sudden, violent motion, the brain can be forced to knock against the skull, also known as a closed head injury.
Closed head injuries range from minor head injuries, such as a mild concussion, to traumatic brain injuries, which lead to severe brain damage or even death.
Most people with an addiction initially believe they are strong enough to stop their addiction without treatment. Although some people are successful, many attempts are short-lived and the substance abuse continues. However, the best method for dealing with substance abuse is to seek treatment to deal with both the physical and emotional aspects of addiction.
Effective psychological treatment can help an individual break free from their substance dependency and, more importantly, substantially help prevent relapse.
Tourette's syndrome is a disorder where people have involuntary, repetitive movements and vocalizations called tics. The first symptoms of Tourette Syndrome is almost always noticed in childhood, generally between 7 and 10 years of age. It is estimated that 200,000 Americans have the most severe form of Tourette's Syndrome, and as many as one in 100 have milder symptoms.
Tourette's Syndrome can be a chronic, lifetime condition, although most people with the condition experience the worst symptoms in their teens, with improvement as they approach adulthood.