Depression is a collection of symptoms that include feeling sad, empty and hopeless. In adolescents and children this may manifest as anger and irritability. Lack of interest/energy, difficulty sleeping, low concentration and feelings of worthlessness can all be symptoms of depression. I have a wide variety of tactics designed to treat depression and many times I can drastically reduce symptoms in only a few sessions.
Anxiety Disorders consist of excess worry, muscle tension, restlessness, irritability and sleep disturbance. Some individuals may experience panic attacks affecting their daily activities. This is a very treatable disorder and most clients experience relief within only a few sessions. Anxiety can feel like the whole world is closing in and there is no way out. I can help you manage these symptoms and educate and transfer skills so that you can get your anxiety under control.
PTSD and Trauma Based Disorders occur after an individual is exposed to a traumatic event. This can consist of a range of symptoms including flashback images, avoidance, hyper-arousal and hyper-vigilance, numbness, self medication with various addictive substances, impulsiveness and an inability to manage moods. Depression, anxiety and other symptoms are common within the criteria for this disorder. At Choices I provide cutting edge mental health services for PTSD and Trauma in Johnstown, PA.
Excellent description of Depression
Addiction is any repeated behavior, substance related or not, in which a person feels compelled to persist, regardless of its negative impact on his life or the lives of others. Common examples of addictions include: alcohol, heroin, marijuana, smoking, shopping, internet/technology addiction and any activity or behavior that an individual has been unable to cease despite negative consequences. Choices is a fully licensed Drug and Alcohol Facility for the State of Pennsylvania.
The ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) score and why it is important.
While diagnosis is helpful in guiding treatment and picking a treatment method you are much more than your diagnosis. Often times after being discharged from Choices individuals no longer meet the criteria for the various disorders. I always work with the understanding that you are a person with the diagnosis not a diagnosis. People that receive treatment at Choices understand that I go above and beyond to help my clients. I am a small counseling clinic and you are much more than a number.