Stephanie Bomar

Women’s Mental Health

Women can often experience concerns with their mental health. Among the most commonly reported issues are depression and anxiety. There are even different types of depression that are exclusive to women, such as perinatal and perimenopausal depression (depression caused by hormonal changes), premenstrual dysphoric disorder, perimenopause-related depression, and postpartum depression. Here are some common symptoms […]

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

The National Institute of Mental Health defines Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) as common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over.  These obsessions and compulsions must extend beyond an hour a day to be clinically

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Bipolar Disorder

Jessica is a 32-year-old nurse, who presents to her primary care provider complaining of frequent headaches, irritable bowel, insomnia, and depressed mood.  She takes no medication and has never abused substances.  Her only mental health issue has been a single depressive episode when she was a college freshman, which was alleviated by going to therapy.

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Attachment Issues

Attachment Issues Attachment issues develop when children are over/under attached to others.  Often, attachment disorders can present by a child lacking the proper attachment to their parents/caregivers.  Conversely, attachment disorders can present when a child lacks boundaries with strangers.  Although attachment issues typically develop before the age of 5, symptoms of them can carry into

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Codependency is when a person is in an unhealthy and often one-sided relationship. In a healthy relationship, both partners “meet in the middle” to sustain the relationship. In codependent relationships, however, one partner is always initiating behaviors to keep the relationship alive; paradoxically, they’re primarily dependent on the other person’s dependence on them (Psychology Today:

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Art Therapy

   Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy, facilitated by a trained Art Therapist, that combines the creative process of art making with the theories of psychology. Creating art can, in-and-of itself, be a form of self-expression and healing. But it can also be used as a tool to facilitate verbal communication and to help

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Body Image Issues

Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a body-image disorder characterized by persistent and intrusive preoccupations with an imagined or slight defect in one’s appearance.  In America, roughly 1 to 2 percent of the general population has Body Dysmorphic Disorder.  That’s nearly 5 million people in the United States alone (Anxiety and Depression Association of America).  Although there

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Childhood Sexual Abuse

Case Study Tim is a 24 year old male. He recently completed his Bachelor’s degree, and has engulfed himself in studies until graduation, then entered an emotional tailspin.  Tim reported being very depressed for several months, including thoughts of suicide.  He had a recent psychiatric hospital stay for 3 days, after which he entered therapy

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