I Want it Now! (Binge Eating)

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I Want it Now! (Binge Eating)

By Justina Hanna

There are two types of people- the people that can see a cupcake and say no, and the ones that no matter how hard they try, they always end up eating that cupcake. So what is the difference? Psychologists have found a link between impulse control and working memory – what keeps us focused and helps us to avoid distractions. Studies have shown that handicapped working memory is often positively correlated with handicapped impulse control. So, what if you have poor impulse control? Here are some things you can try:

  1. Know your triggers: These could be stress or boredom.
  2. Have a plan in place to defeat the impulse
  3. Make it hard for yourself to indulge in the impulse
  4. Replace it with a good habit
  5. Get social support and moral support if possible

If you believe that you or a loved one have impulse control problems the psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners or psychotherapists at Arista Counseling can assist you. Contact our Bergen County, NJ or Manhattan offices of psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment. Visit http://www.acenterfortherapy.com for more information.

Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-modern-time-crunch/201401/plan-breaking-those-bad-habits

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4 Signs of Narcissism You May Not Have Known About

4 Signs of Narcissism You May Not Have Known About

Catherine Ferreira

We all have heard or read about narcissistic people by now. We know what they’re like: entitled, self-important, exploitative, charming, etc. But here are some features of narcissists you may not have known about, if only because narcissists mask their flaws so well:

  1. They have a surprisingly fragile self-esteem
  2. They are very sensitive to criticism
  3. They get very defensive when contradicted
  4. They tend to project unfavorable qualities of themselves onto others.

They are, furthermore, superficial and toxic people who are difficult to be around. If you or a loved one are being hurt by a narcissist, the psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners or psychotherapists at Arista Counseling can assist you. Contact our Bergen County, NJ or Manhattan offices of psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment.  Visit http://www.acenterfortherapy.com for more information.

Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolution-the-self/201311/6-signs-narcissism-you-may-not-know-about

ADHD — A Real Diagnosis?

ADHD — A Real Diagnosis?

Catherine Ferreira

Many would argue that ADHD is a fictional diagnosis made up in an effort to label unusual behavior and put money in health professionals’ pockets. Indeed, it’s an easy diagnosis to make – many people display so-called symptoms of ADD or ADHD anyway, without having any kind of disorder. But the difference between airheaded, distracted, and/or impulsive people, and people with ADD or ADHD, is that the latter causes dysfunction. It disrupts a person’s daily life and affects everyone nearby. That in and of itself justifies its presence in the DSM-5. Symptoms of ADHD include:

  • A lack of focus
  • Disorganization
  • Squirming and fidgeting
  • Impatience
  • An inability to complete tasks

If you or a loved one display symptoms of ADHD, the psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners or psychotherapists at Arista Counseling can assist you. Contact our Bergen County, NJ or Manhattan offices of psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment.  Visit http://www.acenterfortherapy.com for more information.

Teen Suicide

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Teen Suicide

Catherine Ferreira

Teen suicide is on the rise in the US, perhaps because we underestimate children and adolescents and perceive them to be innocent beings incapable of brining harm to oneself or others. Newsflash: this isn’t true, and it’s never been true — just ask Romeo and Juliet.

But why is this the case? Why do so many teenagers, who haven’t yet felt the burden of starting a family or paying the bills, feel the need to take their lives?

Some possible explanations include:

  • Bullying (including cyber-bullying)
  • Pressure to fit in
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Early onset of depression, OCD, bipolar disorder, etc.

Whatever the case, suicide threats are at their core a cry for help. If you or a loved one are having such thoughts, the psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners or psychotherapists at Arista Counseling can assist you. Contact our Bergen County, NJ or Manhattan offices of psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment.  Visit http://www.acenterfortherapy.com for more information.

Source: http://empathyeducates.org/youth-suicide-look-what-we-have-done-to-our-young/

Married to OCD

Married to OCD

Catherine Ferreira

People know when they are marrying someone else with obsessive tendencies. They may not realize that their partner has OCD, but they sense that something is off. As the relationship progresses, so might the disorder. Even if the partner does not openly admit to having OCD, it will rear its ugly head in other ways. OCD runs the home, creating rules that cannot be explained. It is something that, unless dealt with head-on, will always create problems in a marriage. So, how to treat OCD and keep your marriage stable?

  1. Try to confront your partner about their OCD in a way that doesn’t antagonize or embarrass them. And if you are the person with OCD, come clean about it.
  2. Put yourself in your partner’s shoes. No one choses to have OCD. It’s not made up or controllable, so understand that your partner is doing the best that they can.
  3. Inform yourself. Knowledge is power. Do some research with your partner and make them feel included in the conversation.
  4. Find a therapist that specializes in OCD and marital counseling.

If you believe or a loved one suffer from OCD and are in need of marital counseling, the psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners or psychotherapists at Arista Counseling can assist you. Contact our Bergen County, NJ or Manhattan offices of psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment.  Visit http://www.acenterfortherapy.com for more information.

Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/culturally-speaking/201303/help-i-m-married-ocd

Holding Down a Job with Bipolar Disorder

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If you suffer from bipolar disorder, keeping a job can be difficult, at times painful. Not just because of the manic or depressive episodes, but because of the stigma that comes with having the disorder itself. What to do if you have bipolar disorder and are worried about the future of your job? It’s helpful to focus on some goals.

    1. For starters, accept the fact that you have an illness. You are not responsible for having it, but you are responsible for taking care of it.
    2. Learn what makes you feel better. What distracts you from the pain of your depressive episodes? What makes you happy? Maybe it’s reading a book or going out with friends. Whatever the case, look forward to these things — and do them.
    3. Practice coping statements like I have been through these episodes many times. I will get through them.

You may find the pursuit of these three goals therapeutic. Following your goals, combined with medication and actual therapy, may stabilize your mind and emotions and help you keep that job. If you believe or a loved one suffer from bipolar disorder and are having occupational difficulties, the psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners or psychotherapists at Arista Counseling can assist you. Contact our Bergen County, NJ or Manhattan offices of psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment.  Visit http://www.acenterfortherapy.com for more information.

Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200711/holding-down-job-bipolar

Bipolar Disorder: Signs and Symptoms

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Bipolar Disorder: Signs and Symptoms

Catherine Ferreira

Bipolar disorder has a history of being greatly misunderstood. Often confused with Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder), it is an affliction whereby the afflicted goes through on-and-off periods of mania and depression. Symptoms for bipolar depression include:

  • Depressed mood
  • Change in weight (not due to dieting)
  • Change in sleeping habits
  • Fidgety OR slow
  • Fatigue
  • Feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt
  • Poor concentration or having difficulty making decisions
  • Thinking about death or suicide

On the other hand, symptoms of bipolar mania include:

  • Exaggerated beliefs of having power, importance or ability
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Extremely talkative
  • Rapidly changing, unrelated or racing thoughts
  • Easily distracted
  • Extremely driven behavior
  • Risky behavior

How to deal with bipolar disorder in a way that goes beyond medication? Simple: psychotherapy and support groups.

If you or a loved one experience the above symptoms, the psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners or psychotherapists at Arista Counseling can assist you. Contact our Bergen County, NJ or Manhattan offices of psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment.  Visit http://www.acenterfortherapy.com for more information.

Source : http://www.healthline.com/health/bipolar-disorder-symptom-information?driverbipolarsymptoms