Conditions We Treat
Anxiety disorders occur when a person’s response to a perceived threat begins to interfere with daily life because of anxious thoughts, uncomfortable physical symptoms, or preventive rituals. Among the anxiety disorders we treat are agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobia, and a number of specific phobias.
Bipolar disorder was formerly known as manic-depressive disorder because individuals experience numerous episodes of low mood and high mood, both of which can be destructive to professional and personal relationships as well as the individual.
Chronic pain is not treated directly by CBT, but individuals with chronic pain can learn better how to cope with their condition, engage in a wider range of activities, and even minimize their perception of pain.
Depression is characterized by long periods of low mood that may worsen continuously or recur often. In addition to major depressive disorder, we treat dysthymia—a long period of generally low mood—and seasonal affective disorder (SAD)—when severe seasonal depression affects an individual.
Eating disorders are diagnosed when an individual has developed dysfunctional eating patterns that may include over-restrictive eating and/or binge eating. We treat bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder (BED). We also work closely with local specialty clinics to provide concurrent cognitive behavioral therapy or supportive therapy following a course of inpatient treatment.
Health and Illness-related Anxiety
Most of us experience some health-related anxiety, especially with the internet at our fingertips to look up any symptoms, however minor, and assume the worst. People may also experience health-related anxiety after treatment for a serious medical illness, such as cancer, with worries about reoccurrence or other complications. These thoughts and fears related to potential illness can prevent individuals from fully living their lives, getting in the way of meaningful relationships or being unable to focus at work or school.
Insomnia or difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking too soon. Insomnia can be a symptom or byproduct of another disorder or may be a primary disorder.
Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety and Depression
Pregnancy anxiety or depression and postpartum depression can be caused by hormonal, physical, and relationship changes that occur during pregnancy and after welcoming the new arrival.
Self-esteem issues can cause problems with one’s sense of competence and personal worth. It can be secondary to other conditions, such as mood disorders or anxiety disorders, but it can also be experienced as a primary concern.