Month: June 2013

Treatment for Separation Anxiety Disorder

Have you ever noticed that your child refuses to go to school or to a party or play-date at another’s house, refuses to be alone without you, refuses to go to another part of the house without you or even refuses to sleep alone?  If this is the case, your child could be suffering and it is time to begin treatment for Separation Anxiety Disorder.  Separation Anxiety Disorder can be extremely disabling for children and painful for their parents to witness, however there is hope with treatment. The best form of treatment for Separation Anxiety Disorder in mild to moderate cases is psychotherapy or parent guidance.  There are many different forms of psychotherapy, but the most commonly used for this is known as Cognitive-Behavioral therapy.  However, an important thing to remember is that the sooner you treat the problem the less impact the problem will have down the line and the better the ultimate results in treatment for Separation Anxiety Disorder.

So what do you do if you think your child needs treatment for Separation Anxiety Disorder?  Go seek help from a professional with experience in the treatment for Separation Anxiety Disorder.  Unfortunately, this is not as easy as it seems.  The reason is there are a number of factors involved in the treatment for Separation Anxiety Disorder.

Often both the child and the parents need help.  The parents need help because they are torn between seeing their child suffer; yet feeling they need to “push” the child past it.  This parental dilemma can occur if parents recall their own possible childhood anxiety.  They want to empathize with the child and cannot give them the loving “push” the child needs.  This is where parent guidance plays a role in the treatment for Separation Anxiety Disorder.

Here at Proliance Center our team of professionals have a lot of experience with this and we are here to help.  Give us a call today.

Treating Severe Manic Depression

In treating severe Manic Depression (also known as Bipolar Disorder) there is presently no cure, however, with proper treatment most people can get control of their mood swings and live a comfortable life.   The most important thing is that long-term treatment will be needed to maintain control of symptoms.  Additionally, the most effective treatment plan includes medication and psychotherapy for preventing relapse and reducing the severity of symptoms.

Treating severe Manic Depression with medications is best done by someone with extensive experience in using medications to treat mental illness.  This person is usually a Psychiatrist (also known as a Psychopharmacologist).  In treating severe Manic Depression not everyone responds to medications in the same way, so several different medications may need to be tried before the best course of treatment is found.  Throughout the process of treating severe Manic Depression, if a person’s symptoms change or if side effects become serious, the doctor may switch or add medications.

Some of the types of medications generally used in treating severe Manic Depression include anticonvulsant medications, neuroleptics and anti-depressants.  Often the first choice in treating severe manic depression is to use anticonvulsant medications as a mood-stabilizing medication.  Anticonvulsant medications are usually used to treat seizures, but they also help in treating severe Manic Depression.  Another class of medications that can be used as mood-stabilizers is the neuroleptics.

Additionally, antidepressant medications are sometimes used in treating severe Manic Depression, particularly the depressive symptoms found with it.  However, people who take antidepressants are often placed on a mood stabilizer too. The reason for this is that taking only an antidepressant can increase a person’s risk of switching to mania or hypomania, or of developing rapid cycling symptoms.  However, for many people adding an antidepressant to a mood stabilizer is no more effective in treating the depression than using only a mood stabilizer.

In addition to medication, psychotherapy, or “talk” therapy, can be effective in treating severe Manic Depression.  This is important in providing support, education, and guidance to these individuals and their families.

Finally, for cases in which medication and/or psychotherapy do not work in treating severe Manic Depression, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be useful. ECT, formerly known as “shock therapy,” once had a bad reputation. But in recent years, it has greatly improved and can provide relief for people with severe Manic Depression who have not been able to feel better with other treatments.

How Common is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a state of angst or worry characterized by somatic, emotional cognitive and/or behavioral symptoms.  Individuals usually experience symptoms of this because of a feeling of fear or concern.  Everyone experiences some degree of this at various stages in life, related to differing factors.  However, those who have experienced this often wonder how common it is, as this state sometimes elicits a feeling of isolation.

When determining the incidence of this, it is important to differentiate between symptoms of anxiety or a diagnosable anxiety disorder.  Symptoms of the former are experienced by just about everyone at one point or another.  They can include emotional symptoms such as apprehension or tension or physical symptoms such as stomach aches or heart palpitations.  While everyone experiences symptoms of anxiety, once these symptoms cause a disruption to an individual’s ability to function properly, they may be categorized as an anxiety disorder.

It is difficult to accurately determine how common these disorders are as many people go undiagnosed and without treatment.  What we do know is that it is classified as the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting approximately 40 million adults.  Though it is present among individuals of all ages and backgrounds, it seems to be more common in females than males.  Unfortunately, only about half of people who suffer from an anxiety disorder actually seek treatment, leaving those without treatment to suffer in silence.

It is important to recognize that there are a variety of treatments for these problems.  Medications are available to lessen symptoms and several therapeutic modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, can identify causes, reduce symptoms and help individuals develop effective coping and relaxation skills to better manage the causes of anxiety.  If you feel that symptoms of anxiety have become difficult to manage, a Proliance Center professional can help you identify the best course of treatment to address your individual needs.

Finding Depression Treatment In Florida

When someone is suffering from depression it is important to get help.  Fortunately there are many options for depression treatment in Florida and several ways to find help.  You can ask your family doctor, a therapist you know, work colleagues, or even friends.

Asking your family doctor for a recommendation to help you find depression treatment in Florida can be a good option.  Hopefully, your family doctor has known you for a while and has your best interest in mind.  He or she me know of several options in your community where you can obtain depression treatment in Florida.

A therapist can be a good source as well.  Most therapists know others in their community.  They will likely know several people that can provide depression treatment in Florida.  Additionally, the more they know you the more likely they are to be able to make a recommendation that would be the best fit for you.

Work colleagues can be a good source to help you find depression treatment in Florida.  However, this can be a bit tricky and embarrassing for many people.  If the work colleague is a good friend this is much easier, but if they are not it is tougher, but not impossible to obtain the information.  A good way to go about this is explaining to them you have a good “friend” or “relative” that needs depression treatment in Florida and you are asking around to see if anyone has a good recommendation for treatment.

Asking a friend for recommendations is a great way to find depression treatment in Florida.  Surprisingly many people have at one point or another in their lives sought help from a mental health professional or knows of someone who has.

Lastly, ask all four sources listed above and do some research on your own, using the Internet and such.  You will get the best recommendation from doing it this way.  A general rule of thumb is that the more people recommend the same person or group as “the best” the more likely they will be helpful to you and the more likely this will bring your quest for depression treatment in Florida to an end.

Here at Proliance Center our team of professionals have a lot of experience with this and we are here to help.  Give us a call today.

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