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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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Why Psychological Testing?

Psychological testing can be an intimidating concept, but in reality, it is a powerful and highly useful tool designed to help the client. Therapists often refer their clients to psychologists for psychological testing and assessment.  These assessments can help the client identify which problems to tackle in therapy (especially when a client has more than

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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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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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Nature and Mental Health

Environment can play a huge roll in a person’s emotional well-being.  An unpleasant environment can often evoke feelings of anxiety, sadness, or helplessness.  Being in nature, however, can result in the reduction of fear, anxiety, and stress.  Even viewing pictures of nature can produce this calming effect.  In a study done by Mind, it was

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Speech Delay

What is a speech or language delay? A speech delay refers to a delay in the development or use of the mechanisms that produce speech. Speech refers to the actual process of making sounds. Language delay refers to a delay in the development or use of the knowledge of language. In 2016, The National Institute on Deafness

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