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Does My Child have ADHD (or is it Something Else)?

Some children have a hard time sitting still. They may fidget or seem restless, and can’t seem to avoid touching everything in sight. They may struggle to pay attention, and although they’re bright, learning may prove challenging. Difficulties with peers may arise as a consequence of their behaviors. For some of these children, ADHD is an appropriate diagnosis. For others, however, there may be a different explanation. Contact the Georgetown… Continue Reading

What is Social Anxiety?

Social anxiety or social phobia can best be described as a marked and persistent fear of one or more social situations. For example, this could include initiating conversations, attending a party with unfamiliar people, eating in public or public speaking. In my practice I have observed this in children and adults, with shyness/inhibition being one of the more obvious symptoms with kids. Reasons People Seek Help Common reasons adults seek… Continue Reading

Life Changes – Exciting or Dreadful?

Significant transitions in life are often a source of great happiness and excitement. For many, graduating from college, starting a new job, or expecting a new baby are joyful times to be celebrated and commemorated.  For others, however, these changes may instead, or concurrently, engender feelings of apprehension, anxiety, and/or depression.  How we respond depends on our innate qualities, the situation at hand, and our previous experiences. How to Cope… Continue Reading

When Should I Seek Treatment for Anxiety?

It’s not always easy to determine when treatment is indicated for you or your child. Anxiety symptoms can be unbearable and drive people to treatment for relief. Reasons Adults Seek Help Common reasons adults seek therapy are chronic worry, sleep disturbance, depressed mood, and physical complaints, such as headaches and stomach aches/digestive issues. Anxiety can interfere with one’s ability to sustain focus and there may be increasing episodes of forgetfulness… Continue Reading

Anxiety – What Is It and How Do We Treat It?

Anxiety is a term we use to describe excessive fear and worry that interferes with an individual’s functioning and well-being.  Symptoms are often first evident in childhood and persist into adulthood if not treated.  This is why there is a strong trend to treat even mild symptoms in children. Risks of Untreated Anxiety According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety disorders affect 1 in 8 children…. Continue Reading