Common Conditions Supported
Clarity Clinic offers a wide range of therapeutic supports. Below you will find a brief description of common conditions that we treat.
Depression is a medical condition that can affect a person upon a daily basis. Depression is characterized by constant feelings of sadness or emptiness, and may co-exist with other illnesses. Depression sometimes is even triggered by certain disruptive events in one’s life.
There are several different depressive disorders. Most common symptoms of these disorders may include feelings of sadness and hopelessness, loss of interest in activities that once ignited joy, uncontrollable crying spells, disrupted patterns of sleep, challenges with concentration, irritability, extreme fatigue, chronic joint pain, and suicidal ideation.
Do not ignore your signs of depression. It is crucial to get help as soon as possible in order to avoid challenges that may arise such as elevated levels of anxiety and isolation, dysfunction at work or school, substance abuse, and attempted suicide. Our treatment of depression may include medication, therapy, or both. Please call us if you feel you may have depression.
Bipolar disorder involves repeated experiences with dramatic mood swings that range from extreme sustained energy (mania) to profound depression. Episodes of bipolar disorder can last for days, weeks or months. Symptoms of mania may include euphoria, increased energy, restlessness, rejection of sleep needs, challenges with concentration, aggression, and increased sex drive. Symptoms of depression may include sadness, anxiety, guilt, shame, hopelessness, fatigue loss of interest or appetite, and suicidal thoughts.
Treatment for Bipolar disorder usually includes a combination of mood stabilizing medication, antidepressants, anti-seizure medications, and talk therapy. This disorder is a lifelong illness that will require consistent psychological attention, however before receiving an accurate diagnosis for this condition, it is strongly recommended to rule out medical causes such as thyroid disorders.
General Anxiety Disorder
If anxiety gets in the way of performing your daily tasks on a regular basis, you may be facing the challenge of an anxiety disorder. There are several different types of anxiety disorders, however, 4 million people are diagnosed with the most common type, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, in America each year.
Anxiety can leave you restless, irritable, chronically fatigued, and lightheaded. It can cause constant headaches, hot flashes, nausea, insomnia, and trouble with concentration. Anxiety is commonly treated with talk therapy, where cognitive behavioral therapy can provide a structured intervention that will help you to measure your own progress throughout the therapeutic process.
It is important to target the stressors that cause anxiety in your life and to build skills that will help you to manage those stressors. Clarity Clinic takes pride in helping you to better cope with particular challenges in your life through a dynamic approach that is sustainable for your lifestyle needs. A medication regiment of antidepressants and benzodiazepines can help to curb the effects of anxiety as well, however some of these medications include a gradual progression where improvement is mostly noticed over time.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that may develop after witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event where an individual has been harmed or was at risk of incurring serious danger. Symptoms may include prolonged guilt, restlessness, anger, flashbacks, nightmares, a consistent startle response, irritability, extreme loneliness, inability to emotionally connect with others, insomnia, anxiety, and troubles with concentration for a prolonged period of greater than 6 months.
If left untreated, PTSD can span a gamut of effects upon your lifestyle. It can change the quality of your relationships with friends, family, and intimate partners and disrupt your ability to perform at work optimally. PTSD can leave you feeling confused and distraught about foundational thoughts such as knowing that your life has meaning to it. People with PTSD often experience long term anxiety and depression when their experienced trauma is left untreated. Sometimes people with PTSD express harm onto themselves or to other people.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of many talk therapies that are useful for the treatment and resolution of this condition. Medications can also help the body to re-learn how to self regulate after it has been thrown off by such experienced trauma.
There are several different kinds of personality disorders. Symptoms of a personality disorder can vary greatly from person to person, however, common signs that an individual may be challenged with a personality disorder may include: social isolation, sudden and extreme anger, low impulse control, abuse, poor management of personal relationships, frequent substance abuse, depression, fear of abandonment, self-image issues, complications attaching in relationship to others, violence, self victimization, eating disorders, and control issues.
Due to their obtuse nature, personality disorders are only diagnosed when other potential diagnoses have been ruled out. This diagnosis has a lifelong timeline, and if left untreated, can lead to instances of abuse and/or suicide in acute cases.
Treatment for these disorders usually includes psychotherapy, medications, hospitalization (only in acute situations) or a combination of all the above. Working with a team of experienced doctors to provide full physical and emotional support is often most effective. Being loyal to your course of treatment is important with this condition.
Substance abuse is a serious and dangerous condition that affects millions of people in the US each year. An addiction is a biological dependence upon a substance or specific activity. People turn to substances like alcohol, drugs and tobacco for various reasons including pleasure, relaxation and relief from serious life challenges or other mental health or medical conditions.
In a physical (chemical) addiction, individuals who are hooked on a substance may suffer from symptoms of withdrawal and may find ceasing the use of this substance to be very challenging if not impossible. Easing withdrawal symptoms can be important in the initiation of treatment, and may help to manage the initial uncontrollable urges that a person may experience at the start of treatment.
It is important to seek treatment when facing an addiction. Addiction can lead to stroke, heart disease, brain damage, cancer, strain on relationships, job loss, home loss, isolation, and death.
Quitting an addiction is an extremely difficult task. While recognizing that you have a problem is the first major step, quitting takes hard work and commitment. It is often helpful to engage in psychotherapy to quit an addiction. Emotional support from friends and family are also crucial to your success.
Continued determination will help you to reach abstinence and manage relapses. Our trained professionals may recommend individual or family psychotherapy to help uncover and resolve issues that have contributed to or resulted from the addiction.
Treating a substance abuse issue can be difficult, but admitting you have a problem is the most important step. At Clarity Clinic, we welcome individuals suffering from all types of addictions (including support for activity addictions such as shopping, sex, internet, and dieting) to seek out our supportive and integrated services.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) involves having trouble paying attention and controlling one’s own behavior. ADHD is classified by symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and forgetfulness. ADHD affects approximately two million children in the US, but 4 out of 10 children usually grow out of many of their ADHD symptoms as they age.
People with ADHD often are easily distracted, have trouble organizing their possessions and their tasks, often feel restless, have trouble relaxing, are forgetful, experience mood swings, and are often quite sensitive and impulsive. It is important for children with ADHD to see a therapist on a consistent basis in order to continue effective treatment methods and to master skills that will help them to self-regulate and understand their own strengths and weaknesses.
Treatment for ADHD usually includes therapy, skill building, adjusting one’s working or living space in order to create a distraction reduced environment, setting up appropriate accommodations in an academic and workplace setting, and managing appropriate medications. In therapy, our professionals focus on improvingexecutive functioning in order to help an individual to better plan, organize, execute, and manage his/her daily tasks and goals.
Children who have poor executive functioning are often disorganized, late, and frequently overwhelmed with seemingly simple tasks. School can therefore become quite the challenge on a daily basis, and therefore, our clinical team provides skill-building solutions that will help individuals to build upon learned skill sets regarding self-regulation that will manage an increase in challenging academic environments.
ADHD is frequently experienced as a lifelong series of challenges and therefore consistent clinical and community supports are encouraged in order to minimize struggles and maximize performance in both career and personal life.
Anger is a natural reaction to frustration in life, however, anger sometimes can become problematic if it becomes frequently uncontrollable, overwhelming, and destructive on a regular basis. People who suffer from anger management problems often cannot control their reactions to specific frustrating circumstances and therefore find themselves at the mercy of powerful emotions that may impact their daily functioning regarding their quality of relationships, work efficacy, and personal satisfaction.
Anger can be controlled however with the appropriate medley of clinical interventions. Treatment for anger management aims to reduce both raw emotional reactions as well as troublesome aggressive responses of self-expression that reflect those initial emotional reactions. Both therapy and medical management are recommended in acute circumstances.
Dementia is a degenerative cognitive disorder that manifests as a deficiency in problem solving, sustained attention, and lapses in language and memory, often associated with the later stages of life. Many different conditions have been known to spark the onset of dementia, ranging from traumatic brain injuries to progressive diseases. The normal aging process may simply include experiences with dementia.
In order to diagnose dementia properly, symptoms of dementia must present a history of persisting for a period greater than six months. A referral for specialized neuropsychological testing is usually given and the patient may also have blood work performed in order to rule out nutrition or hormonal imbalances that may be causing similar symptoms if left untreated.
After receiving a diagnosis, medication management and therapy are often coupled with building a supportive network of systems at home that will help to prepare for the gradual progression of this condition. High blood pressure medications have been shown to reduce the effects of dementia significantly, as well as continuously engaging in living an active, healthy lifestyle.