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BRAIN BIOLOGY - > MEDICATIONS

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Research studies have shown that psychotropic medications may help with symptoms of depression and anxiety. While medications are not always necessary, they can ease the burden of symptoms to give your recovery a head start.

PSYCHOLOGY  - >  THERAPY

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Feelings can generate anxiety and a number of mechanisms that are maladaptive. My psychotherapy approach aims to facilitate an experience of connecting to buried emotions, because our feelings tell us who we are and what we want. I require that I see all of my patients for psychotherapy as it is an essential component of effective care.

METABOLIC

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Diet - There is increasing anecdotal evidence of certain diets conferring mental health benefits. While diet is difficult to study and evidence is scarce, we can talk about how diet could affect your mental health.

Exercise – While not curative in itself, exercise is a recommended adjunctive intervention for a variety of psychiatric disorders.

How Do I know If Therapy is Right For Me?

If you decide that therapy is worth a try, it doesn’t mean you’re in for a lifetime of “head shrinking.” In fact, a 2001 study in the Journal of Counseling Psychology found that most people feel better within seven to 10 visits. In another study, published in 2006 in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 88 percent of therapy-goers reported improvements after just one session.

Feeling sad, angry or otherwise “not yourself.”

Uncontrollable sadness, anger or hopelessness may be signs of a mental health issue that can improve with treatment. If you’re eating or sleeping more or less than usual, withdrawing from family and friends, or just feeling “off,” talk to someone before serious problems develop that impact your quality of life. If these feelings escalate to the point that you question whether life is worth living or you have thoughts of death or suicide, reach out for help right away.

Abusing drugs, alcohol, food or sex to cope

When you turn outside yourself to a substance or behavior to help you feel better, your coping skills may need some fine-tuning. If you feel unable to control these behaviors or you can’t stop despite negative consequences in your life, you may be struggling with addictive or compulsive behavior that requires treatment.

You’ve lost someone or something important to you

Grief can be a long and difficult process to endure without the support of an expert. While not everyone needs counseling during these times, there is no shame in needing a little help to get through the loss of a loved one, a divorce or significant breakup, or the loss of a job, especially if you’ve experienced multiple losses in a short period of time.

Something traumatic has happened

If you have a history of abuse, neglect or other trauma that you haven’t fully dealt with, or if you find yourself the victim of a crime or accident, chronic illness or some other traumatic event, the earlier you talk to someone, the faster you can learn healthy ways to cope.

You can’t do the things you like to do

Have you stopped doing the activities you ordinarily enjoy? If so, why? Many people find that painful emotions and experiences keep them from getting out, having fun and meeting new people. This is a red flag that something is amiss in your life.

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