Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is characterized by intrusive, fearful thoughts and/ or repetitive behaviors which produce anxiety. Symptoms can isolate individuals, leading to compulsions which are time consuming and create severe emotional, relational, and economical loss.
Trichotillomania is a compulsive urge to pull one's hair, resulting in noticeable hair loss. Individual's with this disorder characteristically experience a tension before pulling and a relief or gratification after pulling, although this is not always true for everyone. The term "Trichotillomaina" is misleading and incorrectly implies that mania is part of the disorder. There is a growing movement to change the name of this diagnosis to Hair Pulling Disorder.
Although everyone engages in skin picking in some form or another from time to time, individuals with Skin Picking Disorder have greater difficulty in moderating this behavior. Counseling can be an effective therapeutic intervention to allow the development of greater awareness and positive coping strategies.
PANDAS/PANS is a medical condition resulting in damage to a specific area in the brain called the basal ganglia, resulting in compulsive and impulsive behaviors. The damage is caused by antibodies produced by the body in response to streptococcal infections. A growing body of research indicates some children may have a susceptibility to developing OCD, Trichotillomania, Eating Disorders, or Tic Disorders following strep throat infections.
Anxiety can be useful when it alerts us to danger but for some, severe anxiety interferes with daily activities of living. Traumatic events can trigger anxiety disorders in individuals who are genetically prone to anxiety. Social phobia may be a direct result from experiencing chronic anxiety.
When severe trauma occurs in early childhood some people may develop two or more personality states which alternately manifest. This is a complex psychological condition likely caused by many factors ( usually extreme, repetitive physical, sexual or emotional abuse). When this occurs there may be episodes of lost time resulting in confusion throughout one's daily encounters. This disorder was previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder.
Eating disorders are real, treatable medical illnesses with complex underlying psychological and biological causes. They frequently co-exist with other psychiatric disorders such as depression, substance abuse or anxiety disorders. Individuals with eating disorders may also suffer from a variety of physical complications, including heart conditions or kidney failure, which can be potentially life-threatening. It is important to know that help is available and recovery is possible.
Hording disorder is defined as excessive accumulation of possessions regardless of actual worth or value. This disorder isolates individuals and can create serious health conditions due to the nature of one's environment. Therapeutic intervention using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to have a positive impact on individuals with this disorder.