Information about conditions and treatment options
Everyone worries or feels nervous sometimes, but for someone with an anxiety disorder, these feelings of fear and thoughts are not temporary. They can impact an individual in school, at work, in social situations and also interfere with their relationships.
There are several types of anxiety disorders:
-Generalized Anxiety Disorder
-Social Anxiety Disorder
-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
-Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Psychotherapy or behavioral treatment alone or in combination with medication have shown to be highly effective for people with anxiety disorders
Everyone feels sad sometimes, depression is where this sadness last for a longer period of time and you lose interest in things that you once enjoyed. It can also negatively affect how a person feel, think and act.
Fortunately, it is one of the most treatable conditions. Between 80-90% of people with depression eventually respond well to treatment and almost all patients gain some relief from their symptoms.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy had been found to be effective in treating depression. This treatment helps an individual recognize their unhelpful thinking styles, change behavior and thinking
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
For people with OCD, thoughts are persistent and unwanted routines and behaviors are rigid. Not doing them causes great distress. OCD is an anxiety disorder in which time people have recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas or sensation (obsession) that make them do something repetitively or perform some rituals (compulsions).
Many people with OCD know or suspect that their obsessions are not true but have a hard time keeping their focus off their obsessions or stopping the compulsive actions.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in combination with Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) is the gold standard treatment for OCD. It involves confronting items and situations that cause anxiety, subsequently tolerating the anxiety while conducting behavioral experiments to test out the sufferers’ belief.
Post-Partum/Post-Natal Depression (PND)
Having a baby is stressful no matter how much you’ve looked forward to it or how much you love your child. Considering the sleep deprivation, new responsibilities, and a lack of time for yourself, it’s no surprise that a lot of new moms feel like they’re on an emotional roller-coaster.
Mild depression and mood swings are so common in new mothers that they are called “baby blues”. Many women don’t realize they have PND because it develops gradually. However, it’s quite common as it affects 1 in 10 women who recently delivered.
PND often develops within the first few months of giving birth, particularly in the first 6 weeks. However, it can start any time during the first year. The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale is a screening tool designed to detect postpartum depression. A score greater than 13 suggests the need a consultation for a more thorough assessment because you could have postpartum depression.
Supportive therapy or therapy that focus on bonding and attachment with mother and their infant had shown to be helpful and effective for mothers during this time