Not everyone experiences mental health conditions in the same manner. Hence, counseling requirement is also not the same for everyone. For a few it could be taken as a one off to deal with everyday life stressors, while others need more commitment to avoid spiraling into something serious.
It is important to keep in mind, that no matter what the intensity, it's alright to approach a counselor and just talk.
All Find Your Peace counselors, practicing whichever form of therapy, across any modality (courses, workshops, sessions) are responsible and can help you identify and deal with disturbances in your emotional well being.
We deal with the root of the issue, which may manifest itself in small behavioral irregularities as well patterns as listed below....
Anxiety disorder: Anxiety refers to anticipation of a future concern and is more associated with muscle tension and avoidance behavior. For a person to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, the fear or anxiety must be out of proportion to the situation or age inappropriate and hinder your ability to function normally.
Panic attack: It can come suddenly and involve intense and often overwhelming fear. They’re accompanied by frightening physical symptoms, such as a racing heartbeat, shortness of breath, or nausea. It is of two types unexpected, and expected. Unexpected panic attacks occur without an obvious cause. Expected panic attacks are cued by external stressors, such as phobias. Panic attacks can happen to anyone, but having more than one may be a sign of panic disorder.
Phobias: A phobia is an excessive and irrational fear reaction. A person having a phobia may experience a deep sense of dread or panic when encounter the source of fear. The fear can be of a certain place, situation, or object. Unlike general anxiety disorders, a phobia is usually connected to something specific.
Depression: Depression is classified as a mood disorder. It may be described as feelings of sadness, loss, or anger that interfere with a person’s everyday activities. People experience depression in different ways. It may interfere with your daily work, resulting in lost time and lower productivity. It can also influence relationships and some chronic health conditions.
Obsessive-Compulsive disorder: Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder in which people have recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas or sensations (obsessions) that make them feel driven to do something repetitively (compulsions). The repetitive behaviors, such as hand washing, checking on things or cleaning, can significantly interfere with a person’s daily activities and social interactions.
Post-traumatic stress disorder: Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.
Dissociative Identity Disorder: Dissociative identity disorder (DID), also called as Multiple Personality Disorder, is a rare condition in which two or more distinct identities, or personality states, are present in—and alternately take control of—an individual. Some people describe this as an experience of possession. The person also experiences memory loss that is too extensive to be explained by ordinary forgetfulness.
Somatic disorders: Somatic symptom disorder (SSD formerly known as "somatization disorder" or "somatoform disorder") is a form of mental illness that causes one or more bodily symptoms, including pain. The symptoms may or may not be traceable to a physical cause including general medical conditions, other mental illnesses, or substance abuse. But regardless, they cause excessive and disproportionate levels of distress. The symptoms can involve one or more different organs and body systems, such as:
Eating disorders: Eating Disorders are characterized by irregular eating habits and severe distress or concern about body weight or shape. Eating disturbances may include inadequate or excessive food intake which can ultimately damage an individual’s well-being. The most common forms of eating disorders include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder and affect both females and males.
Schizophrenia: Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally. Schizophrenia may result in some combination of hallucinations, delusions, and extremely disordered thinking and behavior that impairs daily functioning, and can be disabling. People with schizophrenia require lifelong treatment.
Autism: Autism is a neurological developmental disability that hampers normal brain development, affecting communication, social interaction, cognition, and behavior.
Autism is known as a spectrum disorder because its symptoms and characteristics appear in a variety of combinations that affect children in different ways.
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurological disorder that impacts the parts of the brain that help us plan, focus on, and execute tasks. Common ADHD symptoms include:
Lack of focus
Poor time management
Weak impulse control