Patient Education

ADHD Medications

ADHD can be successfully managed with the proper use of behavior therapy, school accommodations and, if recommended, ADHD medications. Managing ADHD requires working closely with others, including your therapist, your doctor, teachers or employers, and other family members. More...

Bipolar Disorder (BPD)

Bipolar disorder (formerly called manic-depressive illness) is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. These moods range from periods of extremely “up,” elated, and energized behavior (known as manic episodes) to very sad, “down,” or hopeless periods (known as depressive episodes). Less severe manic periods are known as hypomanic episodes. Talk to a psychiatrist about treatment options, including lifestyle changes, psychotherapy, and, possibly, medications. More...

Depression

Depression interferes with daily life and normal functioning. It can cause pain for both the person with depression and those who care about him or her. Depression is not a sign of a person’s weakness or a character flaw. You can’t “snap out of” clinical depression. Most people who experience depression need treatment to get better. Depression, even the most severe cases, can be treated. The earlier treatment begins, the more effective it is. Most adults see an improvement in their symptoms when treated with an antidepressant, undergo talk therapy (psychotherapy), or a combination of both. More...

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that some people develop after experiencing a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people will recover from those symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they are no longer in danger. Nearly 10% of people will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. More...

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, also called “talk therapy”, describes an approach to helping a person identify and change troubling emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Psychotherapy can be helpful for a variety of challenges, including depression, anxiety, severe stress, loss of a loved one or the end of a relationship, sleep problems, or a sense of discouragement or lack of interest. Psychotherapy can be an alternative to a medication or can be used along with medication. Psychotherapy takes place with a licensed psychiatrist or mental health professional, either one-on-one or in a group setting. Find out more about whether psychotherapy might be helpful for you or a loved one. More...