Coping with Bullying

Coping with bullying is very difficult. Bullies are everywhere, with a reported 90% of children stating that they have been bullied at one time in their life, according to Bullying.org. More than simply making fun of someone, the daily taunting, and berating of a child can affect their performance in school and emotional well-being, and […]

How to Select a Counselor

We receive a lot of inquiries on how to select a counselor. When selecting a counselor, make sure to consider the type of license, qualifications, and specialties of that person. While there are a specific set of criteria for licensing, some counselors will choose to specialize in a particular area, such as marriage or family […]

What is Telepsychiatry?

What is Telepsychiatry? “Telepsychiatry” involves the use of computer-assisted devices to provide counseling and psychiatric medication management services.  Here, the client and provider will usually interface over the computer using a secure, HIPAA-compliant portal in order to “meet” virtually over the internet.   Teletherapy is an important advancement in bringing behavioral healthcare to clients who […]

What is Dementia?

“Dementia” describes a set of characteristic symptoms that may include memory loss and trouble with thinking, problem-solving, and/or language.  The International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Edition refers to dementia as “Neurocognitive Disorder.”  There are actually several types of dementia based on both how the symptoms were brought about and what particular symptoms are displayed. Each […]

What is Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral disorder that is characterized by a chronic pattern of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity or a combination of the three that affect how a person functions in their day-to-day life. ADHD is very common among children, and three times more prevalent among boys than girls.  Once referred to as […]

Sleep Disorders : Understanding is Step 1

What are sleep disorders? How do you decide if you are experiencing a sleep disorder or just restless sleep? Many people experience occasional problems sleeping well, not getting enough sleep, and not feeling rested after sleeping?  When these problems persist, though, they can suggest a deeper problem with sleeping – sometimes referred to as a […]

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is caused by exposure to an extremely traumatic event where the victim’s natural reaction was intense fear, helplessness, or horror. There are several different events that can trigger this and everyone reacts differently. Some of the common events include war, torture, rape, child sexual assaults, terrorism, […]

What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) refers to intrusive repetitive thoughts that cause an individual to perform acts in order to prevent something terrible from happening. The acts become ritualistic and can result in total control over the individual. There are four characteristic symptoms of obsessions and two characteristic symptoms of compulsions used to […]

What is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a psychiatric diagnosis that is descriptive of a mental disorder in which the person experiences abnormalities in the perception or the expression of reality. The symptoms are typically exhibited in the early years of adulthood. The is no specific cause for schizophrenia, but research does indicate there may be factors that are encouraging […]

What is Bipolar Disorder?

What is Bipolar Disorder? Bipolar Disorder is descriptive of a category of mood disorders that are defined by episodes of abnormal mood swings with related changes in energy level and behavior. It is actually quite serious and dangerous because the person who is suffering from the disorder is often not even aware of it. There […]