Signs and Symptoms

Your psychiatrist, as a medical doctor, is very interested in understanding the details of how you’re feeling and functioning, especially if you’ve been prescribed psychiatric medications. Signs are objectively observed phenomena (such as the results of blood tests or the

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

“Seasonal affective disorder (also called SAD) is a type of mood disorder that occurs at the same time every year. If you’re like most people with seasonal affective disorder, your symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the

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Problem Drinking

It’s not always easy to see when your drinking has crossed the line from moderate or social use to problem drinking. But if you consume alcohol to cope with difficulties or to avoid feeling bad, you’re in potentially dangerous territory.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by: Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts; Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities; Symptoms must be present in the

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ADHD Awareness

October is designated as ADHD Awareness Month. There are many excellent resources (websites, books, magazines) that provide a wealth of information about Attention Deficit Disorders. One is the ADDitude print and online magazine. Their expert panel includes Edward Hallowell, M.D.

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Student 504 plans

Section 504 of the U.S Rehabilitation Act of 1973 created and extended civil rights to people with disabilities. Section 504 helps to provide opportunities for children and adults with disabilities in education, employment and various other settings. In public schools,

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Campus Mental Health

As students prepare to start, or return to, college they may experience a mixture of pride and excitement, as well as some melancholy and apprehension. Academics and social life can be very rewarding and/or a tough adjustment for young people.

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Postpartum Depression

Approximately 50-85% of new mothers experience the “baby blues” soon after giving birth. Symptoms may include sadness, anxiety, tearfulness. These symptoms appear a few days after giving birth and usually disappear within a week or so. A postpartum depression (PPD)

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About Psychotherapy

It can sometimes be difficult for clients to start psychotherapy.  Unsure what the process will be like and perhaps feeling a little nervous. At other times, people feel excited or relieved to find a therapist whom they can meet and

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Understanding Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that effects approximately 1% of the population. It generally appears in late adolescence or early adulthood. However, it can emerge at any time in life. It is one of many brain diseases that may include

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Binge Eating

There are several types of eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. Of these binge eating is the most common, effecting up to 5% of the population. Binge eating is defined as eating within a relatively short period of

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Hair Pulling and Skin Picking

Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB) are a group of behaviors in which an individual damages his or her appearance, or causes physical injury through pulling, picking, biting or scraping of the hair, skin or nails. BFRBs are considered impulse control

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Medication Management

When taking prescription medication it’s of utmost importance that all of your doctors are aware of all medications and any supplements you may be taking as well as other medical conditions you may have. Smartphone apps can be quite helpful

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Social Anxiety

Social phobia (also known as Social Anxiety Disorder) is a strong fear of being judged by others and of being embarrassed. This fear can be so strong that it gets in the way of going to work or school or

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A Good Night’s Sleep

Roughly a third of Americans report sleep difficulty, most commonly insomnia. The World Health Organization defines insomnia as a problem of falling or staying asleep, or of not feeling refreshed after sleep at least 3 times a week. In addition

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Understanding Executive Function

Executive function can be thought of as the project manager or CEO of your brain. It’s in charge of making sure that chosen tasks are completed effectively: understanding what’s expected, planning the steps necessary and meeting the final deadline. Specific

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Exercise, Mood and Anxiety

“When you have anxiety or depression, exercise often seems like the last thing you want to do. But once you get motivated, exercise can make a big difference. Exercise helps prevent and improve a number of health problems, including high

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