Play therapy is a form of counseling or psychotherapy that uses play to communicate with and help people, especially children, to prevent or resolve psychosocial challenges. This is thought to help them towards better social integration, growth and development, emotional modulation, and trauma resolution. Play therapy can also be used as a tool of diagnosis. […]
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people’s difficulties, and so change the way they feel. It is used to help treat a wide range of issues in a person’s life, […]
According to the EMDR International Association, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people […]
Disruptive, impulse control, and conduct disorders include conditions involving problems in the self-control of emotions and behaviors. A few common disorders include Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Antisocial Personality Disorder, Pyromania, and Kleptomania. The DSM-5 created a new chapter on disruptive, impulse control, and conduct disorders that brought together disorders previously classified as disorders ...
Stress is something almost every single person faces on a daily basis. According to the American Psychological Association1 , the top causes of stress in the United States are: job pressure (co-worker tension, bosses, work overload), money (loss of job, reduced retirement, medical expenses), health (health crisis, terminal or chronic illness), relationships (divorce, death of spouse, […]
According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Persons experiencing sleep insufficiency are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity, as well as from cancer, increased mortality, and reduced quality of life and productivity.1 Sleep is a crucial component of physical and mental health. The National Institutes of […]
Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses that impact millions of people every year in the United States. The eating disorders Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge-Eating Disorder, Pica, Rumination Disorder, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, and Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder all feature serious disturbances in eating behavior and weight regulation. They frequently coexist with other […]
Many children and adults have speech or language disorders such as stuttering, inability to articulate certain words, and auditory processing problems. The communication disorders Language Disorder, Speech Sound Disorder, Childhood-Onset Fluency Disorder (Stuttering), Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder, and Unspecified Communication Disorder involve problems related to speech, language, and auditory processing. These ...
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a general term for a complex disorder of brain development. The disorder is characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, repetitive behaviors, and/or restricted interests. With the May 2013 publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-V), the other related […]
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older (18% of U.S. population).1 Anxiety is not necessarily something that warrants an immediate trip to a doctor when it is initially experienced since anxiety can be our brain’s way of preparing for a […]
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. The American Psychiatric Association states in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) that 5% of children have ADHD.1 However, studies in the United States have estimated higher rates in community samples. Symptoms include […]