Counseling & Psychotherapy - Southampton, NJ 08088
Counseling & Psychotherapy - Southampton, NJ 08088
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Common Problems, Conditions, and Symptoms
ANXIETY: In general, may feel irritable or “on edge,” nervous, dizzy, scared, “overwhelmed,” have muscle tension, “racing thoughts,“ difficulty concentrating or making decisions, diarrhea, trembling, sleep disturbances. Panic Disorder/ Panic Attack:  Intense fear that seems to come “out of the blue” and is accompanied by 4 or more symptoms: racing or pounding heart, light-headedness, nausea, sweating, choking sensations or difficulty swallowing, shortness of breath, feelings of unreality &/or being detached from oneself, chest pain or tightness, numbness/tingling sensations, trembling or shaking. May fear that you are dying, having a heart attack, or “going crazy;” may avoid going places because of fear of having a panic attack. Social Phobia/ Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD): Fear and/or avoidance of being in places where there are people and/or in social situations: Fear of saying or doing something “embarrassing,” being scrutinized, judged, “humiliated;” may blush/pale, have panic attacks. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): Uncontrollable worry about “anything &  everything;” “what if…” thinking. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): May have nervousness, fearfulness, flashbacks, nightmares, exaggerated startle response, poor concentration, sense of unreality, emotional “numbness,” tearful episodes, anger outbursts, memory lapses. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)  Recurrent obsessions (intrusive thoughts) and/or compulsions (mental acts or repetitive behaviors) that are time-consuming, cause significant distress, interfere with daily functioning and that you recognize as excessive or unreasonable.
DEPRESSION:  Pervasive sad and/or apathetic mood; diminished interest in work, social activities, friendships, and/or self-care; low motivation & energy; feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, worthlessness, and/or inappropriate guilt; low self-esteem; decrease or increase in sleep and appetite; low or absent sex drive, fatigue, irritability, tearful episodes, poor concentration. May have suicidal thoughts (*Adolescents may also exhibit "unruliness" / acting-out behaviors).
CODEPENDENCY:  "People Pleaser." Pattern of overextending yourself to please, take care of or do for others, at your own expense; Difficulty with expressing feelings, saying no to people, standing up for yourself, getting your own needs met; Often feel used, exhausted, angry, hurt, taken advantage of, defeated, guilty, unappreciated.
ADULT SURVIVORS OF CHILDHOOD &/or ADULTHOOD ABUSE/TRAUMA (Sexual, Emotional-Verbal &/or Physical): May have depression, anxiety, panic attacks, codependency issues, moodswings, intimate relationship difficulties, shame, guilt, PTSD symptoms, difficulty trusting people, addictions; May "cut" or otherwise self-injure.
CHRONIC PAIN: Depression, anxiety, loss issues, isolation, stigma, family difficulties; Interdisciplinary Treatment Approaches; Pain education & management.
CHILD/ADOLESCENT ISSUES: Depression, anxiety, anger, low self-esteem, ADD/ADHD; School /Social/Family difficulties.
LOW SELF-ESTEEM: Difficulty accepting compliments, fear of rejection, lack of any goals in life or setting inappropriately low goals for self, difficulty saying no to others, verbalizes dislike for self, assumes not being liked by others, may have lack of pride in grooming.
FAMILY/COUPLES RELATIONSHIP CONFLICTS: Lack of or poor communication between partners or among family members, frequent or continual arguing, lack-of-trust issues, parent-child relationship conflicts; Effective-Parenting training; Pre-Marital counseling.