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How To Tell the Difference Between the Blues and Symptoms of Depression: 6 Tell-Tale Signs

By Sunda Friedman Tebockhorst, PhD, LPC “The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality.” This quote from writer Andrew Solomon contains some important wisdom about the nature of the beast we call depression. It is normal to experience sadness, to have days of feeling grumpy or down. We all have days like this, sometimes […]

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Considering Medication for Your Child’s Psychological Issues

Q: Some parents I know seem in a rush to have their children go on medication for things like depression and hyperactivity. What should parents do before making the jump to medication? A: For psychological disorders, a thoughtful and accurate diagnosis is key to developing an effective treatment plan. What elementary child does not have […]

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In Search of Treatment for Depression

 By Jan Hittelman Last month’s column focused on teen depression. A reader whose son has suffered from depression most of his life took exception to the following statement: “The good news is that depression is highly treatable. Talk therapy, medication or a combination of the two has been shown to be highly effective.” Her story […]

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Proper Diagnosis of ADHD

By Dr. Jan Hittelman Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is estimated to affect 3-7% of school-age children. Over the years there have been increasing concerns that many children are inaccurately diagnosed as having ADHD. In fact, children with anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, and many other conditions, can present with very similar symptoms. In these cases, […]

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Understanding ADHD

By Dr. Jan Hittelman Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is estimated to affect 3-7% of school-age children. For many, these challenges continue into adulthood. There are three types of ADHD; “Predominantly Inattentive”, “Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive”, and a combination of the two (“Combined Type”). Over the years there have been valid concerns that many children are inaccurately […]

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Medication Consultation for Seniors

Have All Your Attempts To Feel Better Failed? Have you tried counseling, perhaps multiple times, and despite putting good effort into it, still experience unwanted symptoms? Have you questioned or feared for a while that something may be inherently wrong with you? Do you have persistent and debilitating feelings and behaviors that you can’t seem […]

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Medication Consultation for Teens

For psychological disorders, a thoughtful and accurate diagnosis is key to developing an effective treatment plan. What adolescent does not have occasional concentration problems in class? Does this mean that he/she has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? Similarly what teen isn’t moody from time to time? Do we diagnosis him/her with Bipolar Disorder? Many mental […]

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Medication Consultation for Young Adults

For psychological disorders, a thoughtful and accurate diagnosis is key to developing an effective treatment plan. What college student does not have occasional concentration problems in class? Does this mean that he/she has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? Similarly what young adult isn’t moody from time to time? Do we diagnosis him/her with Bipolar Disorder? […]

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Medication Consultation for Children

For psychological disorders, a thoughtful and accurate diagnosis is key to developing an effective treatment plan. What elementary child does not have occasional concentration problems in class? Does this mean that he/she has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? Similarly what child isn’t moody from time to time? Do we diagnosis him/her with Bipolar Disorder? Many […]

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Medication Consultation for Adults

Have All Your Attempts To Feel Better Failed? Have you tried counseling, perhaps multiple times, and despite putting good effort into it, still experience unwanted symptoms? Have you questioned or feared for a while that something may be inherently wrong with you? Do you have persistent and debilitating feelings and behaviors that you can’t seem […]

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