Project Description

Conditions We Treat

Mood disorders include clinical depression and bipolar (manic depressive) disorders. Mood disorders are thought to be the result of genetic predisposition and decreased resilience to stressful life experiences. Some mood disorders are directly a result of hormonal or inflammatory conditions or cancer.

  • Depression is characterized by disturbances in mood, sleep, appetite, energy, concentration, libido, pain, and negative or distorted thinking.
  • Bipolar disorders occur when people develop distinct mood swings. People may experience euphoria, irritability, sleeplessness, increased productivity, pressured speech, or high levels of creativity. Some patients develop what is called bipolar spectrum disorder, where symptoms of depression or mania may occur for only short periods of time or even concurrently. At other times, they may develop symptoms of clinical depression

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Anxiety disorders encompass the psychological and physiological reaction to tension and stress, and may arise from distorted thinking. Panic attacks are intense periods of overwhelming anxiety characterized by tremors, rapid heartbeat, and rapid breathing. They are often accompanied by a desire to avoid going out in public or a fear of crowds.

  • Obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD) comprise rituals such as counting, checking, and hand washing, and intrusive and repetitive thoughts or mental tricks to avoid feelings of anxiety.
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychological and physiological response to a traumatic experience which may have occurred throughout the course of a person’s life. Symptoms include nightmares, easy startling, flashbacks, avoidance, or exacerbated flight or fight response.
  • Panic disorders are thought to arise from genetic predispositions and may be exacerbated by traumatic or stressful life experiences. Certain hormonal,cardiovascular, or infectious processes may trigger anxiety symptoms as well.
  • Impulse control disorders are commonly associated with anxiety disorders and brain injuries include anorexia, bulimia, sexual addiction, and gambling disorders.

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Addiction is defined as a loss of control and compulsive use of various substances despite impairments in social and occupational functioning, adverse health consequences, and negative effects on interpersonal relationships. Addiction may involve taking higher doses than intended, an inability to cut down on or stop taking a substance, a need for greater amounts of a substance to reach a desired effect, or uncomfortable physical or psychological symptoms upon discontinuation of the substance that is called withdrawal. Common addictions include dependence on opiates, alcohol, benzodiazepines, nicotine, stimulants, and cannabis. Addiction disorders are thought to arise from a genetic predisposition in the presence of childhood attachment disorders. Some patients use substances in an attempt to self-treat other psychological or physical conditions or to escape stressful life circumstances. 

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Brain disorders encompass a wide variety of conditions that may affect attention, concentration, memory, executive function or planning, or mood stability. Examples include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, head injuries, memory impairment, psychosis, systemic or brain diseasesseizures, or personality changes. These disorders are felt to arise from inborn or acquired changes in brain function.  

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorders are genetically predisposed and may be affected by nutritional factors or environmental exposure. These disorders can occur with or without hyperactivity. 
  • Head injuries arise from traumatic injuries to the brain and may occur from blunt force trauma or even shock waves, and are characterized by postconcussional physical and psychological symptoms, including changes in attention, focus, concentration, memory, personality, explosiveness, dizziness, coordination problems, and headaches. Cognitive and behavioral changes arising from brain diseases may also include many of these types of symptoms. 
  • Memory disorders can range from subtle to severe and may also be caused by degenerative processes, injuries, illnesses, medications, hormone imbalances, or through normal aging. 
  • Psychotic disorders may arise from brain injuries, mood disturbances, toxicities, imbalances, and genetic brain diseases such as schizophrenia. Some patients may develop personality changes and mood or thinking disorders as a result of certain types of seizures. Patients with traumatic life experiences may also develop nonepileptic seizures, which are felt to be the result of high levels of anxiety and difficulty coping with stress. 

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