Adult ADHD

By: Jillian Curry

ADHD is commonly considered a disorder experienced exclusively in childhood.  Children with ADHD are characterized by their inability to pay attention, along with their hyperactive and impulsive behaviors.  However, it has recently been recognized that adults too can suffer from symptoms of ADHD.

Some ways that ADHD presents itself in adults include:

  1. Anxiety/racing thoughts
  2. Inability to focus (distractibility)
  3. Poor self-control (impulsivity)
  4. Difficulty following directions and completing tasks
  5. Persistent lateness and procrastination

While many of these symptoms may seem common, treatment should be sought if they occur to a degree that impairs everyday functioning and well-being.  Treatment options for adults suffering from ADHD include cognitive-behavioral therapy and/or stimulant medications such as Adderall, Concerta, and Ritalin.

If you are concerned you may be suffering from symptoms of ADHD, feel free to contact our Bergen County, NJ or Manhattan offices of psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists for an evaluation.

Arista Counseling and Psychiatric Services (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920

More detailed information can be found at http://www.acenterfortherapy.com

Sources:

Emerson, Jeff. (2014). “Anxious, Distractible, Impulsive? 5 Signs You May Have Adult ADHD” from “Living With Adult ADHD: Helping Adults Living with or Affected by ADHD” in EverydayHealth.com

Edgar, Julie. “Treating Adult ADHD” in WebMD.com

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First Marriage, Then Love…Maybe

By: Riddhi Patelmarriage

Arranged marriage is the norm in many parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. For instance, in traditional Hindu and Muslim families, when an individual is ready for marriage, parents choose a potential spouse based on certain characteristics they feel would best benefit their child. These might include values and beliefs, family background and occupation. Once the two individuals meet and go on a few “dates”, they can either agree to get married soon thereafter, or disagree and continue the search for another potential partner.

Studies indicate that arranged marriages have lower rates of divorce than love marriages. India, one of the few countries where arranged marriage is still very common, has the lowest divorce rate in the world at 1.1 percent. This can have many different explanations. Due to the fact that arranged marriages remove differences in religion, cultural background and socioeconomic status, the husband and wife may understand each other more which may result in a longer lasting marriage. Another reason may be because parents know our personalities pretty well and so while choosing a potential partner, they base their judgment on logic rather than the emotion of love or lust. Those who believe in arranged marriage do not think it is necessary for love to be present before marriage. In fact, they believe marriage is like planting a seed in which love grows over the years.

However, there are instances in arranged marriages where the love just never grows. But, unfortunately, the couple remains in the relationship because divorce is frowned upon in their culture. Often times, in a situation like this a person may start to feel trapped in the relationship which can make matters worse.

If you or anyone you know is dealing with any kind of issues regarding a relationship or marriage, it may be beneficial to seek marriage counseling with a professional therapist who works with couples that have problems. If you are in Bergen County, New Jersey or Manhattan, New York, feel free to call 201-368-3700 to make an appointment with one of our own therapists, marriage counselors, psychologists or psychiatrists.

Yoga: An Alternative to Therapy?

By: Samantha Santo

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Yoga, it helps clear the mind, rid the body of stress, lower blood pressure, and ease anxiety.  Is there anything yoga can’t treat?  There seems to be this misconception that yoga can cure everything, but this is misleading and obviously a great exaggeration.

Yoga can relieve tension and stress in the body.  It is also very good for flexibility and meditation.  Yoga may even reduce feelings of depression or anxiety for a day or two, but be careful of claims that it can cure these conditions.

Yoga is not a substitute for psychotherapy.  Therapy addresses mental health issues including anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD and others.  Mental health professionals are trained specifically in mental health.  According to Webster’s Dictionary, yoga is, “A system of exercises for attaining bodily or mental control and well-being.”  Psychotherapy with a licensed professional, with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), psychodynamically oriented psychotherapy or mindfulness strives to help individuals change their dysfunctional thoughts, behaviors and relationship patterns.

So enjoy yoga and the benefits it brings.  However, if you have depression or anxiety, which has lasted for over two weeks, and you are in Bergen County, New Jersey call 201-368-3700 to make an appointment with  a highly qualified licensed  therapist, counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist.

For more information on therapy, visit www.acenterfortherapy.com

On Psychiatric Risks Among Athletes: There’s No “I” in Team

Being an athlete has endless benefits, including excellent health, a sense of belonging, and an identity. But it also has its downsides, such as serious sports injury and the enormous pressure athletes feel to perform. Research has focused on the physical consequences of injury and has ignored the psychological. However, athletes are at psychiatric risk after injury, have difficulty coping with emotional pain, risk losing an in important part of their identity, have difficulty tolerating distress, and have anxiety about the future.
On the road to recovery, understanding the psychological significance of an injury to an athlete is crucial. After an injury, an athlete is susceptible to major depressive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Additionally, athletes may feel that admitting they are struggling with psychological illness or symptoms could threaten their status within their own team. Because of the commitment an athlete makes to their sport, an injury could seriously threaten their sense of identity as individuals with strong athletic identities and are less likely to explore other career, educational. or lifestyle options.
Successful diagnosis and treatment require understanding the meaning of athletics in an individual’s life and the external, non-athletic support systems and resources available to the injured athlete. If you or anyone you know suffers from a sports injury, it may be beneficial to contact a mental health professional and receive counseling or therapy. If you are in Bergen County, NJ, feel free to call 201-368-3700 to make an appointment with one of our licensed therapists, counselors, psychologists, or psychiatrists. For more information on sport injuries and trauma, visit http://www.acenterfortherapy.com.

 

 

ADHD: Signs and Symptoms

By: Jillian Curry

While most children have some trouble sitting still or paying attention in school, children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, show a persistent pattern of inattention and hyperactivity across many different settings such as in school, at home, and on the playground.

Your child may be displaying symptoms of inattention if he/she shows difficulty remaining focused during play activities, lectures, and conversations, seems distracted when spoken to (even when there is no distraction present), and has difficulty following through on instructions because of a tendency to become sidetracked.

These symptoms of inattention may exist on their own and may suggest the possibility of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) with no signs of hyperactivity present. However, if this inattention is accompanied by symptoms of hyperactivity, the diagnosis of ADHD might be more accurate. Your child may be displaying symptoms of hyperactivity if he/she always seems to be fidgeting, is unable to stay still/seated, has difficulty waiting, and has a tendency to blurt things out or interrupt others.

To be considered ADHD, these symptoms must have been present before the age of 12 and must be significant enough that they impair daily functioning. If you are concerned that your child may be suffering from symptoms of ADHD, feel free to contact our Paramus, NJ or Manhattan offices of psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists for an evaluation.

Arista Counseling and Psychiatric Services (201) 368-3700, (212) 722-1920

More detailed information can be found at http://www.acenterfortherapy.com

Source: National Institute of Mental Health

Social Anxiety: Fear of Public Speaking

By: Samantha Santopublic speakingOne of the most common social anxieties is public speaking.  Standing in front of a crowd of people may cause unnecessary anxiety; shallow breathing, sweaty palms, shakiness and/or stuttering.  These symptoms may be troublesome, but the good thing about them is that you are not alone in feeling this way and there are ways to overcome this fear of public speaking.

First, it is important to breathe.  Practice a deep breathing exercise right before presenting.  Take a deep breath while chanting calming words and then let the breath out slowly while releasing any negative thoughts.  Fear has a way of taking over our minds and making us believe that everything will go wrong.  Recognize the dear and do not allow it to take over.  Focus on being positive.  The more positive you feel and act, the better everything will be.

If you or a loved one is experiencing any type of social anxiety, it may be beneficial to contact a mental health professional and receive therapy for this social anxiety.  If you are in Bergen County, New Jersey, feel free to call our Paramus office at 201-368-3700 to make an appointment with one of our own therapists, counselors, psychologists or psychiatrists.

For more information on Arista Counseling and Psychotherapy and social anxiety, visit www.acenterfortherapy.com

 

Drug Abuse: Signs and Symptoms of a Heroin Addict

By: Samantha Santo

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Heroin is a highly addictive, illegal drug that originates from morphine.  Heroin allows users to feel a rush of euphoria and after much use of this drug users feel like they have to continue using heroin to survive.  If you believe someone you know may be addicted to heroin, look for these specific signs:

  1. Heroin addicts tend to act aggressively toward family and friends
  2. They may have slurred speech, trouble remembering things and a general disorientation
  3. Heroin addicts may act recklessly and dangerously

If the person you believe to be addicted to heroin exhibits any of these signs, it may be beneficial to have them contact a mental health professional and receive therapy for their heroin addiction.  If you are in Bergen County, New Jersey, feel free to call our Paramus office at 201-368-3700 to make an appointment with one of our own therapists, counselors, psychologists or psychiatrists.

For more information on Arista Counseling and Psychotherapy and drug abuse, visit www.acenterfortherapy.com

Keep a look out for our future blogs on specific substances and their signs and symptoms of addiction.

The Anorexic Mind

anorexia 2By: Riddhi Patel

“I turn on to my side and feel my ribs. I am relieved to feel them pushing through the skin more than they were some days before” – Anonymous anorexic patient

In most cases, people that have the eating disorder, anorexia, see themselves as overweight even though they are dangerously thin. The irrational thought that fat should not exist on their body starts to consume their mind and eventually they become obsessed with losing weight. Researchers are finding that this disorder may be caused by an interaction of biological, psychological and environmental factors.

“How wonderful it is to feel my bones. I tell myself this is success. The success I’ve deserved for so long.” – Anonymous anorexic patient

A person, usually a female, suffering from anorexia begins to develop unusual eating habits such as skipping meals, picking out a few foods and eating these in small quantities, or weighing and portioning food. People with anorexia may also frequently check their body weight and use other techniques to control their weight such as compulsively exercising or forcing oneself to vomit.

“Patience is a key factor in recovering from this eating disorder. It is not easy, but it is not impossible and it is absolutely worth it. I feel like I got the life that I deserve back and there is hope for the future” – Recovering anorexic patient

Treatment of anorexia calls for psychotherapy that involves three main steps. The first step is to restore the weight lost due to the extreme dieting and purging. The second step is to treat the psychological disturbances such as distortion of body image and low self-esteem. The third step is to achieve long-term remission and rehabilitation. Early diagnosis and treatment play a huge role in the increase of treatment success rate.

If you or anyone you know suffers from anorexia, bulimia, restrictive eating disorders, or compulsive overeating, there is help. It may be beneficial to contact a mental health professional and receive therapy for eating disorders. If you are in Manhattan, New York, feel free to call us at 212-722-1920 and if you are in Bergen County, New Jersey call us at the Paramus location, 201-368-3700 to make an appointment with one of our own therapists, counselors, psychologists or psychiatrists