MARITAL - Are you seeking Marriage Counseling? Do you need to?
Drew Alikakos, M.S. and his staff at Addiction & Psychological Therapy, Inc. offer relationship counseling. Drew Alikakos, M.S. is pro marriage and attempts to address the underlying issues and help empower the individuals to cope better. Sometimes the couples will also be asked to see individual counselors, psychiatrists, or undergo drug and alcohol treatment as well.
Chronic Worry - Chronic Worry- obsessive thoughts, getting stuck in the brain, brain holding inaccurate, incomplete thoughts, automatic thoughts. The client is taught how to combat these thoughts through cognitive behavioral techniques and other eclectic modalities. Medication may be described.
Chronic worry often stems from “automatic thoughts” or sticky brain thoughts that one does not know that they have. These thoughts are intrusive and non-solicited. They pop up and act like they are appropriate thoughts but in actuality, most of these thoughts are supposed to be inactive or in the unconscious brain.
Drew Alikakos, M.S. offers Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help teach you to put these thoughts away. It helps to prevent or stop Panic Attacks and Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
Personality Disorders - These behavioral patterns in personality disorders are typically associated with severe disturbances in the behavioral tendencies of an individual, usually involving several areas of the personality, and are nearly always associated with considerable personal and social disruption.
Personality disorders, formerly referred to as character disorders, are a class of personality types and behaviors that the American Psychiatric Association (APA) defines as “an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the culture of the individual who exhibits it”Personality disorders are noted on Axis II of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM-IV-TR (fourth edition, text revision) of the American Psychiatric Association.
These behavioral patterns in personality disorders are typically associated with severe disturbances in the behavioral tendencies of an individual, usually involving several areas of the personality, and are nearly always associated with considerable personal and social disruption. Additionally, personality disorders are inflexible and pervasive across many situations, due in large part to the fact that such behavior is ego-syntonic (i.e. the patterns are consistent with the ego integrity of the individual) and are, therefore, perceived to be appropriate by that individual. This behavior can result in the client adopting maladaptive coping skills, which may lead to personal problems that induce extreme anxiety, distress and depression in clients.
The onset of these patterns of behavior can typically be traced back to late adolescence and the beginning of adulthood and, in rarer instances, childhood. It is therefore unlikely that a diagnosis of personality disorder will be appropriate before the age of 16 or 17 years. General diagnostic guidelines applying to all personality disorders are presented below; supplementary descriptions are provided with each of the subtypes.
Diagnosis of personality disorders can be very subjective; however, inflexible and pervasive behavioral patterns often cause serious personal and social difficulties, as well as a general functional impairment. Rigid and ongoing patterns of feeling, thinking and behavior are said to be caused by underlying belief systems and these systems are referred to as fixed fantasies or “dysfunctional schemata” (Cognitive modules).
Here is a list of Personality Disorders
Schizoid personality disorder
Antisocial personality disorder
Obsessive–compulsive personality disorder
Anxious (avoidant) personality disorder
Passive-aggressive personality disorder
Anxiety - How to get help for Anxiety Attacks
Are you new to school in West Chester? Have you changed Jobs recently or lost a job? Anxiety attacks can be overwhelming and feel horrible. Anxiety, in general, is extremely common. Anxiety is often by inaccurate thoughts, feelings, actions, image plucked accidentally or prematurely from the unconscious into the conscious or accurate compartment by mistake. Your job is to place them back into the old compartment.
People often have pervasive worry and obsessing without realizing it. Long-term anxiety can lead to panic attacks and depression. Although anxiety can be a waxing and waning disorder it is very treatable through a combination of treatment modalities. Cognitive therapy with or without medication is extremely helpful.
What are the symptoms of Anxiety Disorders?
shortness of breath
out of body feeling
fear of dying and numbness or tingling in hands and feet.
Obsessing, worry, automatic thoughts and “sticky brain thoughts” are often present with or without an individual’s knowledge. In children and adolescents, this may take the form of anxiety and worry about academic, athletic, and social performance.
Some common anxiety disorders are; Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and in children Separation Anxiety Disorder, Over Anxious Disorder and School Phobia. Don’t Worry. There is help out there and nearby if you live in West Chester, Downingtown, Newtown Square and Exton PA.