Month: December 2012

Treating Separation Anxiety Disorder

Have you ever had your child refuse to sleep alone, refuse to be alone without you, refuse to go to another part of the house without you, refuse to go to school or to a party or play-date at another’s house?  If so your child may be suffering from Separation Anxiety Disorder.  This can be extremely disabling for children and sad for their parents to witness, but here at Proliance Center there is hope with treatment.

The best form of treatment for mild to moderate Separation Anxiety Disorder is psychotherapy or parent guidance.  Fortunately there are many different types of psychotherapy, but the most commonly known is known as Cognitive-Behavioral therapy.  The important thing to keep in mind here, though, is that the earlier you treat the problem the less impact the problem will have down the line and the healthier you and your child with Separation Anxiety Disorder will feel.

So what do you do if you think your child has Separation Anxiety Disorder?  Go seek help from a professional with experience in treating Separation Anxiety Disorder.  This is not as easy as it seems, because there are a number of factors that come to play in treating Separation Anxiety Disorder.  Often it is not only the child with Separation Anxiety Disorder who has a problem, but the parents do too.  They are torn between seeing their child suffer and recalling their own possible childhood anxiety (if any) and not wanting to lovingly push the child to get past this, despite knowing they need to.  So they alternate between a  “well just for now.. or just for today” response and a gut-wrenching “you’re going!.. don’t call me!.. tough it out!” method that if not done delicately only serves to heighten the child’s anxiety.

Here at Proliance Center our team of professionals are here to help.  Give us a call today.

Manic Depression Treatment

There is currently no cure that exists for Manic Depression, but with good treatment most who suffer from this could live a good life. However, the symptoms can be controlled provided those afflicted maintain long-term treatment.  The Manic Depression Treatment plan that has been found to be the most helpful includes medication and psychotherapy. These are used to not only reduce the severity of symptoms, but to prevent relapse.

This treatment is best done and supervised by someone who has a lot of experience in treating mental illness with medications. This person is Psychiatrist with experience in Manic Depression Treatment. During the course of Manic Depression Treatment it is important to keep in mind that everyone does not respond in the same way to medications, so many different ones may have to be tried until the treatment that is most helpful can be discovered. As a result, Manic Depression Treatment may involve switching between different medications or adding some, until the best Manic Depression Treatment is found.

There are many types of medications generally used in Manic Depression Treatment.  These include neuroleptics, mood-stabilizing medications and anti-depressants.  In Manic Depression Treatment mood-stabilizing medications are often the first choice.  There are several of these and they are also used by Neurologists as anti-seizure medications.  The neuroleptics are a different class of medication used in treating manic depression.

In addition to these, sometimes antidepressant medications are used along with mood-stabilizing medication in Manic Depression Treatment.  In particular, this is the case when depressive symptoms are found with it.  However, in Manic Depression Treatment, people who take antidepressants are also on a mood stabilizer too.  This is for protection against the fact that if a person with manic depression is taking only an antidepressant they are at risk of having there mood switch to mania or hypomania and can even devolop symptoms of a rapid cycling of mood.

At Proliance Center we know that one of the common problems that can occur in those with Manic Depression is that individuals may have trouble sleeping.  However, they will usually sleep better after getting Manic Depression Treatment.  Another problem we find is that usually people feel irritable and can feel easily frustrated.  This too can improve in Manic Depression Treatment.

It is important to keep in mind that during the course of Manic Depression Treatment individuals should not make any changes to the medications they take.  Additionally, they should not take any supplements or natural products without running it by the Psychiatrist.  This is due to the high likelihood of interactions that could occur with other medications and even be fatal.

Finally, psychotherapy, or “talk” therapy, is effective in Manic Depression Treatment here at Proliance Center.  This is very important in providing guidance, support and education to those with bipolar disorder and their families.  It also helps in providing “tools” to deal with the seemingly random feelings those with manic depression can experience and in coping with the stress of the world around you. Family-Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychoeducation and Social Rhythm Therapy are just some of several different psychotherapies that are helpful in treating severe manic depression.  Recently we are also looking at Dialectic Behavioral Therapy techniques (commonly used in those with Borderline Personality Disorder) to provide help for those who suffer from Manic Depression.

Types of Adolescent Therapy in South Florida

Adolescents today face a multitude of challenges.  Often, they are able to rise up and meet these challenges with a combination of existing skills and social/familial support.  Sometimes, challenges can be too great for an adolescent to handle and they find themselves struggling to overcome.  There are a variety of types of adolescent therapy in South Florida to help manage some of these struggles.  At Proliance Center, one of the types of adolescent therapy in South Florida offered that can be very useful is social skills therapy.

As one of the many types of adolescent therapy in South Florida, social skills therapy can provide adolescents with an opportunity to process the social struggles they have and learn how to navigate social situations by acquiring new skills taught by their therapist.  These include communication skills and problem-solving techniques.  Also incorporated into this type of adolescent therapy in South Florida is stress management and self-esteem improvement.  At Proliance Center, we work with adolescents in this type of adolescent therapy in South Florida to help them recognize their greatest personal strengths and attributes and capitalize on them to improve their personal identity.  We provide support in a comfortable, private setting to allow adolescents to feel heard and understood in order to best process their presenting issues.

As a parent, it is sometimes difficult to decide which type of adolescent therapy in South Florida would meet the needs of your child.  Whether provided in a group or individual setting, adolescent therapy in South Florida focused on social skills can be extremely beneficial for overcoming social challenges and feeling confident in oneself.  At Proliance Center in Boca Raton, our therapist work closely with the parents of adolescents receiving treatment to help them best manage their child outside of the therapeutic setting and guide them to provide the most appropriate and beneficial support at home.  We will help you to better understand your child and bridge any existing gaps in communication between you.  If you have questions about the types of adolescent therapy in South Florida or feel your child is in need of social skills therapy, a Proliance Center therapist can help to answer your question and provide you with information necessary to make and educated decision.

Marriage Counseling in Boca Raton, FL

Have you ever wondered what marriage counseling in Boca Raton, FL is all about?  You’re definitely not alone.  Many people have questions about marriage counseling in Boca Raton, FL, including the type of people who seek it out, the problems it addresses, what it is like, and how couples benefit from participating.  Even more commonly, they ask themselves “is marriage counseling in Boca Raton, FL the right option for me and my partner?”  These are just some of the issues that arise when considering marriage counseling in Boca Raton, FL.  Here is a brief overview of marriage counseling in Boca Raton, FL that occurs at Proliance Center and we hope we can answer some of your questions.

Couples seek out marriage counseling in Boca Raton, FL for a variety of reasons.  Some of the most common include communication problems, decreased intimacy, infidelity, financial issues, phase of life changes, or simply to enhance an already positive relationship.  These issues, and many others, can be addressed and improved upon in marriage counseling in Boca Raton, FL with the guidance of an experienced marriage therapist and the commitment of both partners. marriage counseling in Boca Raton, FL is not limited to any particular type of couple, in fact, couples of all ages, races, religions, and presenting problems seek out marriage counseling in Boca Raton, FL.  The experience you have and the time it will take to find success cannot be defined and are specific to each couple.

marriage counseling in Boca Raton, FL can be a relationship-changing experience for couples, if approached and managed in the right way.  An educated and experienced marriage therapist works with couples by identifying the presenting issues, uncovering the patterns that contribute to these issues and helping couples learn to navigate through their problems by learning new skills and enhancing existing strengths.  They will devise a treatment plan that is specific to your needs after getting to know each of you as individuals as well as partners.  The experience is meant to be one of growth and improvement, leading you to a happier, more satisfying relationship.

At Proliance Center in Boca Raton, the needs of our patients are of the utmost importance.  We feel that in order to have a successful experience in marriage counseling in Boca Raton, FL, you must feel as if your therapist truly understands and empathizes with your struggles and is able to create an atmosphere where open communication is not only valued, but is comfortable.  Our marriage therapist has not only completed extensive education and training in the field of marriage counseling, but has also worked with couples with a wide variety of issue within their relationships.  At Proliance Center, the respect we have for our patients and our appreciation of the knowledge they have to share about themselves and their experience allows us to provide the most individualized and successful treatment possible.  We welcome any questions you might have about marriage counseling in Boca Raton, FL and are here to provide you with any information needed to help you make a decision about the kind of relationship you want to have.

Common Premarital Counseling Questions

Congratulations!  You’re getting married!  A couple’s engagement can be a time of joy, excitement, romance, and hope for the future.  As an engaged couple, you may be thinking about the lifetime of love you’ll have together, the accomplishments you’ll achieve, the family you’ll create, and many other hopeful thoughts.  The exciting part is, so much of this can, and often will, happen for you.  The reality of marriage is that the wonderful and hopeful aspects also come with trials and times of stress in your relationship.  At Proliance Center in Boca Raton, FL, we believe that the best marriages are those in which couples are as prepared as possible for what their marriage will entail.  Fortunately, much of this preparation can be achieved through premarital counseling.

Premarital counseling consists of a series of sessions you and your partner have with a licensed marriage therapist to prepare you for what your marriage has in store.  It will help you be best equipped for future pitfalls by identifying potential issues within your relationship and helping you work through these issues before you walk down the aisle.  In premarital counseling an experienced therapist will teach you new skills such as improved communication techniques, healthy problem solving, ways to increase intimacy, and many others, that will help you navigate through tough times.

There are several areas most commonly addressed in premarital counseling.  These include financial issues, relationship problems and patterns, life after getting married, individual and couple goals, religious beliefs, and children and parenting.  Many questions often arise for couples in these areas that have never before been discussed.  By talking about these issues in premarital counseling and planning for the future together, couples can be more prepared for their marriage and have a better understanding of their partner’s wants and needs.  Your marriage therapist will help you to do this in a safe and comfortable environment, teaching you new and effective skills along the way.

The benefits of premarital counseling has been shown over time through a multitude of studies.  It has been shown that premarital counseling can not only help you to create a happier and more fulfilling relationship, but also significantly decrease your risk of divorce.  If you are considering premarital counseling or have questions about how premarital counseling can benefit you and your partner, a Proliance Center marriage therapist is available to provide you with answers and information!

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