Our Clinical Interests

We are experienced in treating psychiatric conditions, commonly including depression, anxiety, bipolar illness, psychosis, dual problems with alcohol or drug abuse, mental trauma, and other conditions affecting the brain and causing abnormal changes in mood or thought.


Psychotherapy

Typically psychotherapy consists of meeting with a pyschotherapist or counselor one 50 minute hour per week for a series of around 10 sessions, requiring about three months.  Usually 10 sessions will allow enough time to confront current issues and make progress on resolving them.  Psychotherapy can go beyond this, but often the focus shifts more to character and personality rather than to specific issues that are causing distress.

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Attention Deficit Disorder

People with attention deficit disorder (ADD) do not actually have a problem with attention.  For instance children with this diagnosis may be able to attend to video games or favorite television shows — things that are inherently attention grabbing.  it would be better to call the problem concentration deficit disorder.  The problem has more to do with willful concentration — that is the ability to willfully force oneself to attend to something that is not inherently interesting.  Memorizing the times tables is an example.  The concept of willful concentration is a subclass of the general phenomena of willpower — the ability to push oneself to do something that’s not inherently pleasant to do.

Depression

Depression is the most common illness treated by psychotherapists.  According to some estimates, 30% of people experience a severe clinical depression at some time during their life.  A smaller group — perhaps 6% — have chronic recurring bouts of depression.  Depression exacts an enormous toll in life satisfaction and productivity.

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Electroconvulsive Therapy

Depression is the most common psychiatric illness.  Medications work in about 60% of cases of severe depression.  Electroconvulsive therapy works in 90%.  There is an unfortunate 10% who don’t do well with either.  Despite enormous public relations problems, ECT persists in the treatment of depression, and for one very good reason — it works!