Psychological Issues We Treat
Our family of clinicians has specialized experience and training. Because there are many myths, we want to explain psychological issues that you or your loved one might be struggling with currently. Please feel free to look through the conditions we treat below to learn more.
Common Psychological Conditions
Depression is a mood state, which typically looks like low energy, sadness, and other self-defeating behaviors and thoughts. But, not all depression symptoms affect people the same way.
Anxiety is a normal, because it tells us we feel unsafe or uncertain about something that’s happening. We can feel anxious all on our own, remembering distressing things or worrying about the future, all of which is normal for most people.
There is a significant difference between normal anxiety and the anxiety requiring treatment.
The hard truth is that, for many of us, having to endure scary and overwhelming experiences like car accidents, assaults, and more is normal. Not everyone who experiences danger of feels overwhelmed will become “traumatized”. Sometimes we are so overwhelmed that we develop trauma disorders. Why?
How Do Disorders Develop?
Research shows that many people develop PTSD because we lack supportive relationships, or lack skills and resources to manage these feelings adaptively.
The word “bipolar” is tossed around rather frequently. Most of us experience mood shifts when our life circumstances change, which is normal.
Another word people use often is “addict”. Many people regularly consume mind-altering substances like caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, and more. Where is the line between regular substance use and problematic use? What’s the difference between substance abuse and problematic use? What’s the difference between problematic substance use and “addiction”. The last 20 years of neuroscience research has helped us know the difference between types of drug use behavior and its impact on the brain and body.
We all have a unique way of seeing and operating in the world. Moreover, we tend to operate in patterned ways in relationships. Our “personality” is complex to define from a biological, psychological, and social point of view. Basically, a mixture of genetic tendencies (e.g. temperament) and life experiences shape our social style across our childhood and young adult development. For some, their personality style is not adaptive for a variety of settings and relationships.
Wherever we go and whatever we do, other people are needed. Why? Because, humans are social by nature. The more connected we are the better our chances of thriving and managing our emotions. The problem, however, is that we often struggle in our relationships to the point where we get stuck in unhealthy cycles. For example, many people are stuck in patterns of arguing and fighting that lead to multiple breakups and repairing. This unending cycle of fighting and coping might require professional therapy, especially if one or both are coping with drugs or alcohol.
Relationships & Drug Abuse
Also, when a loved one is sick family or romantic partners get involved to nurse them back to health (i.e., caretaking). The problem with caretaking in families with addiction or mental illness, however, is that it usually isn’t caring, but typically “rescuing”. With someone struggling with addiction or a mental health issue, rescuing (e.g., keeping people from growing by helping them avoid consequences) can worsen their problems, and create an unhealthy dynamic between people. Caretaking can even infest entire families. When dynamics like this develop it’s important to start family counseling to break this fear-driven way of being. Families must learn new boundaries for everyone to heal and grow.
This phrase has become very common in the last few years. Many young adults (ages 18-28), and teens, are struggling with the “launch” from their family homes. It’s becoming more difficult for many young people to get into a work or school environment where they are more independent. Part of becoming a healthy adult is a meaningful sense of individuality. Typically, leaving home helps young adults/teens continue developing their identity.
Feel free to contact us if you’re feeling unsure about what to do next, or if you think your child is struggling with”failure to launch” issues.