Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders include panic disorder (involving panic attacks) and phobias (e.g., agoraphobia, claustrophobia). Others include generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Separation anxiety occurs in children. These disorders are treated with psychotherapy and medications.

Barriers to Recovery from Hair Pulling

Barriers to Recovery from Hair Pulling

Whether one is just starting treatment for Trichotillomania or years into recovery, obstacles often appear, causing an apparent impasse. Sometimes it is clear what the barrier to progress is – but sometimes it is subtle and obscure. In this article I will discuss some of the barriers my patients have had to overcome in order …

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When a Child Refuses To Go to School

When a Child Refuses To Go to School

Separation anxiety is normal for a child. Sfter about six to nive month of age, children realize that their parents leave them from time to time. That’s why they become uncomfortable around strangers. This discomfort, which usually peaks around age two, lasts until first or second grade. But some children experience separation anxiety well past …

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Hair Pulling - Is It Taken Too Lightly

Hair Pulling – Is It Taken Too Lightly?

Hair pulling carries a tongue-twisting name: trichotillomania. The disorder is not widely recognized by the public or by mental health professionals. People with trichotillomania suffer in silence. They tend to avoid getting help because they feel ashamed. Many have had the problem since childhood or adolescence. What is Trichotillomania? Trichotillomania is considered an impulse control …

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Social Anxiety Disorder

Social Anxiety Disorder – Causes, Signs and symptoms

Also called: Social Phobia Summary Social anxiety disorder –  also known as social phobia – is a type of anxiety disorder in which a person feels extremely anxious in certain social situations and has a chronic fear of being judged by others. People with this condition also have an intense fear of embarrassing themselves. About …

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Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety – Causes, Signs and symptoms

Also called: Separation Anxiety Disorder Summary Separation anxiety is a phase in some children’s lives where they become anxious during separations from a parent or other primary caregiver. It usually takes place between the ages of 8 months and 14 months. Children with separation anxiety may display symptoms such as crying, begging or screaming when …

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