|Attention Disorder & Related Disorders Clinic|
When AD/HD, depression, Bipolar Disorder, etc. continue unidentified (not diagnosed) and not treated, problems such as school failure, grade retention, behavioral problems, sleep disturbances, etc. compound the problem in children. Many children become angry, oppositional, defiant and out-of-control. These are related disorders or secondary to the primary disorder. They co-exist and it is much harder to rein in an out-of-control preadolescent or teen than a younger child. Drugs, early school dropout, employment, arrests and court involvements are huge issues for adolescents.
Adults experience unemployment, job hopping, problems with relationships -- like separation, divorce -- drug and alcohol abuse, jail and involvement with the criminal justice system escalating and intensifying problems.
It is true that problems surfacing at home, school, and/or the work environment as well as an involvement with the juvenile or criminal justice department are often the consequences of an attention (AD/HD) and/or related disorder which has gone unrecognized and untreated. The jails are full of teenagers and adults with AD/HD and/or Bipolar Disorder (an example of mixed diagnoses).
Today, many children are being seen with Early Onset Pediatric Bipolar Disorder. These are children with the following characteristics:
I want what I want||I want to do what I want||I won't do what I don't want to do||I am always right||It's not my fault||I am invincible||I've got to have it my way||Incessant talking||Intense (intense mood) Intensivity||Mood swings||Hypersexual interest, acting (beginning with preadolescents)||Sleep difficulties|
These children are riddled with 'intensivity.' One minute they are happy, the next they are mad.... They can easily be agitated, irritable and unpredictable. They are 'up' and 'down' and may be termed rapid cyclers.
Not all children are mood swinging with 'happy' and 'sad.' Many are angry and oppositional.
There are combinations of AD/HD with accompanying or coexisting Bipolar Disorder features.
Affordable help is available to redirect an individual's thinking, habits, behaviors, and temperament toward personal and social wellness. (The Attention Disorder & Related Disorders Clinic is a non-profit business.)
Being emotionally and mentally healthy is the 'pot of gold' found at the end of the rainbow!
Dr. Hughes believes that through insight, one can venture forward to understand that toxic thoughts and self-destructive behavioral habits can be integrated with new thinking and new behavioral patterns that serve to increase self-competency, self-confidence, and self-esteem.
Learning to take control of one's life is therapy's primary goal. Learning how to do this is what counseling / psychotherapy promises to do.
Changing old behaviors into new behaviors is the focus.
What is Therapy? Psychotherapy is nothing more than an 'educational process.' It is a growth process in learning and understanding. Change is a choice and comes from an individual wanting improvement and going in new directions.
The Attention Disorder & Related Disorders Clinic will work closely with physicians who prescribe medications as needed. Medication alone is often not enough. The state-of-the-art thinking is that supportive counseling / psychotherapy and medical treatment go hand-in-hand. It is true that medication may suppress certain problems, such as aggression, hostility, depression, anergia (loss of energy), anhedonia (loss of desire, and sadness, but it may not help educate the "why and how" which are necessary in coming to terms with acceptance and moving forward. The Attention Disorder & Related Disorder Clinic will help the patient identify behavior triggers (behavior patterns) as well as help the patient learn new coping techniques to avoid those (triggers) patterns of fear, despair, abuse, neglect, manipulation, control, etc. Helping individuals to increase their self-competency, improve their self-confidence and raise their level of self-esteem is Dr. Hughes' goal in providing successful psychotherapy and supportive counseling.
It is known that the majority of individuals needing supportive counseling/psychotherapy are unable to financially afford such services. The Attention Disorder & Related Disorders Clinic aims to help this universal problem by providing services at an affordable rate. For individuals who are motivated and serious about resolving problems, fees for diagnostic evaluation, supportive counseling / psychotherapy will be based on an individual's ability to pay. There are some pro bono services available.
Always know there are 'angels among us'
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