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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a very common mental disorder that begins in childhood and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. It makes it hard for a child to focus and pay attention. Some children may be hyperactive or have trouble being patient. For children with ADHD, levels of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behaviors are greater than for other children in their age group. ADHD can make it hard for a child to do well in school, socialize with their peers, or behave at home.

Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder that causes unusual shifts in a person’s mood, energy, and ability to function. The mood episodes associated with the disorder persist from days to weeks or longer, and can be dramatic, with periods of being overly high and/or irritable to periods of persistent sadness and hopelessness. Severe changes in behavior go along with the mood changes. These periods of highs and lows, called episodes of mania and depression, can be distinct episodes often recurring over time, or they may occur together in a so-called mixed state. Often people with bipolar disorder experience periods of normal mood in between mood episodes.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is characterized by significant difficulty with regulating one’s emotions, leading to impulsivity, reckless and sometimes dangerous behavior, self-injury, anger, volatile mood swings, and unstable interpersonal relationships. People with BPD may also experience transient paranoia or dissociation (feeling detached from themselves). Symptoms tend to respond poorly to medication and are generally chronic until treated with a course of intensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Childhood Behavioral Problems

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Disruptive behavior disorders are among the easiest to identify because they involve behaviors that are readily seen such as temper tantrums, physical aggression such as attacking other children, excessive argumentativeness, stealing, and other forms of defiance or resistance to authority. These disorders, which include Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder (CD), often first attract notice when they interfere with school performance or family and peer relationships, and frequently intensify over time.

Chronic Worry (GAD)

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by persistent, excessive, and unrealistic worry about everyday things and physiological distress such as muscle tension, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and migraine headaches. People with GAD often anticipate disaster and may be overly concerned about money, health, family, work, or other issues. The disorder often begins gradually, though the risk for onset is highest between childhood and middle age. People with GAD tend to function well in life (e.g., socially, occupationally) but live with distress, and when anxiety is severe they may have difficulty carrying out daily activities.

Depression

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Depression is a condition in which a person feels discouraged, sad, hopeless, unmotivated, or disinterested in life in general. Most people will experience these emotions for short periods of time, and then return to normal functioning. When such feelings last for more than two weeks, and the feelings interfere with daily activities such as taking care of family, spending time with friends, or going to work or school, it’s likely a major depressive episode. Some people may experience these symptoms more mildly, but for longer periods of time. This may be dysthymia, which involves low mood in conjunction with two other symptoms of depression, lasting at least two years, without a period of two weeks or more in which the patient is asymptomatic. Although it is less severe than major depression, it involves the same symptoms as major depression, mainly low energy, poor appetite or overeating, and insomnia or oversleeping.

Eating Disorders

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Eating Disorders involve significant disturbances in eating behavior including overly-restricting and/or purging food intake (Anorexia), excessive emotional-eating (Binge-Eating Disorder), and combinations of excessive eating and purging (Bulimia). Core features include low self-esteem, disruptions in how one perceives body weight or shape, and strained family dynamics, and these conditions typically co-occur with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, mood, and other disorders. Moreover, they can cause serious medical and physical problems. Our comprehensive treatment approach for these conditions involves individual sessions, family sessions, and/or consultations with outside prescribing physicians and dietitians.

Excoriation Disorder (Skin Picking)

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Also known as Dermatillomania, Excoriation Disorder is an impulse control disorder characterized by the repeated urge to pick at one’s own skin, often to the extent that damage is caused. Dermatillomania can be treated in a similar manner to Trichotillomania, also using CBIT and Habit Reversal Therapy.

Excoriation Disorder (Skin Picking)

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Also known as Dermatillomania, Excoriation Disorder is an impulse control disorder characterized by the repeated urge to pick at one’s own skin, often to the extent that damage is caused. Dermatillomania can be treated in a similar manner to Trichotillomania, also using CBIT and Habit Reversal Therapy.

Hypochondriasis

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Sometimes referred to as health anxiety or illness anxiety disorder, hypochondriasis is characterized by excessive worry about becoming or presently being ill. Individuals with hypochondriasis often interpret benign bodily sensations or minor symptoms as indicative of a dangerous disease, and avoid situations or activities that may create even a modicum of risk for illness. They also tend to seek excessive reassurance from medical professionals in the form of doctor’s appointments and Internet research, but their worries persist even when examinations reveal no real medical concerns. Hypochondriasis has been conceptualized as a form of OCD, and it is highly treatable with behavior therapy.

Insomnia is related to, and can be caused by, many factors, including poor sleep habits, depression, anxiety, lack of exercise, chronic illness, or certain medications. Symptoms may include difficulty falling or staying asleep and not feeling well-rested. Insomnia can be treated with Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia (CBT-I) and consists of improving sleep habits, behavior therapy, and identifying and treating underlying causes.

Marriage & Relationship Discord

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More than 50% of marriages in the United States end in separation or divorce. Further, happiness and satisfaction within marriage have decreased substantially in recent years, as have levels of intimacy and connection. Our positive approach to relationship discord draws from both attachment theory and behaviorism, to provide couples with effective skills to navigate and resolve conflicts, reduce strain, and rekindle love and connection with one another.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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Individuals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) suffer from unwanted and intrusive thoughts that they can’t seem to get out of their heads (obsessions), and/or they repeatedly perform ritualistic behaviors and routines (compulsions) to try and ease their distress. Most people who have OCD are aware that their obsessions and compulsions are irrational, yet they feel powerless to stop them. Some spend hours at a time performing complicated mental or behavioral rituals involving hand-washing, counting, or checking to ward off persistent, unwelcome thoughts, feelings, or images. We offer a free monthly OCD Support Group in our Manhattan and Brooklyn offices. Click here for more information.

Panic Disorder

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Panic disorder is diagnosed in people who experience spontaneous, seemingly out-of-the-blue panic attacks and are preoccupied with the fear of an attack recurring. Women are twice as likely as men to have panic disorder over the lifespan. Most people with panic disorder develop agoraphobia, which involves avoiding situations or places in which one has previously had a panic attack due to fear of having another attack, such as supermarkets, shopping malls, driving through tunnels, or social events.

Psychosis

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An episode of psychosis is when a person has a break from reality that often involves seeing, hearing (hallucinations) and believing (delusions) things that aren’t real. Approximately 3 in 100 people will experience an episode of psychosis during their lives. Psychosis may occur as a result of a psychiatric illness like schizophrenia. In other instances, it may be caused by health conditions, medications, drug use, trauma or extreme stress. Young adults are placed at an increased risk to experience an episode of psychosis because of hormonal changes in the brain that occur during puberty, but a psychotic episode can occur at any age. We offer a free monthly support group – Living with Psychosis – in our Manhattan location. Click here for more information.

School Refusal

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Previously called School Phobia, school refusal is the refusal to attend school due to emotional distress. School refusal differs from truancy in that children with school refusal feel anxiety or fear towards school, whereas truant children generally have no feelings of fear towards school, often feeling angry or bored with it instead. Children with school refusal may complain of physical symptoms shortly before it is time to leave for school or repeatedly ask to visit the school nurse. If the child is allowed to stay home, the symptoms quickly disappear, only to reappear the next morning. In some cases a child may refuse to leave the house.

Selective Mutism

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Selective Mutism is a complex childhood anxiety disorder characterized by a child’s inability to speak and communicate effectively in select social settings, such as school. These children are able to speak and communicate in settings where they feel comfortable, secure, and relaxed. More than 90% of children with Selective Mutism also have Social Phobia or Social Anxiety.

Separation Anxiety

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Separation anxiety is normal in very young children. Kids often go through a phase when they are “clingy” and afraid of unfamiliar people and places. When this fear occurs in a child over 6 years old, and the fear is excessive, lasting longer than four weeks, the child may have Separation Anxiety Disorder. Separation Anxiety Disorder is a condition in which a child becomes fearful and nervous when away from home or separated from a loved one — usually a parent or caregiver — to whom the child is attached. Some children also develop physical symptoms, such as headaches or stomachaches, at the thought of being separated.

Shyness & Social Anxiety

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Social Anxiety Disorder is characterized by the excessive fear of negative evaluation by others in social or performance situations. People with this disorder, also known as Social Phobia, almost always have trouble speaking in front of groups of people, and often have limited growth in their professions and social/romantic relationships as well. In children, social anxiety can result in school refusal, clinging behavior, tantrums, and even selective mutism. Although individuals with social anxiety generally recognize their fears of others are excessive, they feel unable to surmount their fear of being embarrassed. Social anxiety disorder usually begins in childhood or adolescence, and often co-occurs with depression.

Specific Fears & Phobias

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At any point in time, nearly 9% of the population has a specific phobia, involving marked and persistent fear and avoidance of one or more specific objects or situations (e.g., flying, driving, heights, dogs, spiders, medical/dental procedures). Phobias can develop during childhood, adolescence or adulthood, and most arise unexpectedly and are not directly related to a traumatic event. Although people with phobias realize that their fears are irrational, even thinking about it can often cause extreme anxiety and distress.

Tics & Tourette Syndrome

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A “tic” is an involuntary movement or vocalization that is usually sudden, brief, repetitive, and stereotyped but non rhythmical in character. Tics frequently imitate normal behavior, occur out of a background of normal activity, are associated with a premonitory sensation or “build up” sensation to perform the specific movement, and are usually associated with the sensation of relief once performed. Tics can be classified as motor or vocal. Motor tics are associated with movements, while vocal tics are associated with sound. Tourette Syndrome is diagnosed when an individual has multiple physical (motor) tics and at least one vocal (phonic) tic.

Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling)

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Trichotillomania is a disorder that involves recurrent, irresistible urges to pull out hair from your scalp, eyebrows or other areas of your body, despite trying to stop. Hair pulling from the scalp often leaves patchy bald spots, which causes significant distress and can interfere with social or work functioning. People with trichotillomania may go to great lengths to disguise the loss of hair and can often experience various feelings of distress, including shame. Trichotillomania can be treated with a specific form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, called Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) and through Habit Reversal Therapy.

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In a recent survey of our patients, 94% would recommend our practice to a friend.
Calmer in the Face of Hardship
I came to the Center for Anxiety for help in dealing with a family member who suffered from extreme anxiety. But I ended up getting a serious illness two months later and started having my own sessions. With the help of my therapist I got through my illness, learned to understand my habits that were making my major life stresses worse, learned to communicate better, taper my anger, and surprisingly I became more calmer even though my hardships in life worsened. Therapy is a lot of work and not easy, but nothing in life comes easy! I became a better and softer mom and (when I practice what I learned) and my kids and home are calmer and happier. I am still a work in progress and have more to work on, but I know I am on the right path. I wish I knew before how my communication style and anger were really impacting my life, how being softer you can accomplish way more then being harsh. I have been to other therapists in the past and I can hands down say that the Center for Anxiety’s approach is really effective. I have even referred a bunch of people to the Center and they have been really happy with the therapists and how much they really care for their patients.
I Tackled a Long List of Fears
When I first came to the Center for Anxiety, my list of anxieties/fears was long! I was scared of getting sick, getting stranded, driving, flying and more. With the help of my therapist, I immediately got to work and tackled every one of my fears. Now the world is open to me and I feel free! I can dream big and accomplish whatever I set my mind to! I am especially grateful that I was able to do all this without having to rely on medication. It was hard work – grueling at times! – but now I have the coping tools within me for life. In fact a family member recently said to me “You are awesome. You can accomplish anything you set your mind to because you don’t let fear stop you! ” Thank you Dr. Rosmarin and the Center for Anxiety staff for helping me get here. My fears no longer limit me and I love my life. Try it, it might turn your life around too!
Highly Skilled and Professional Treatment
When I sought treatment at the Center for Anxiety, the clinic was is in its incipient stages. However, by the time I successfully finished treatment, the Center for Anxiety grew and flourished into a world-class treatment center, offering cutting-edge, evidence-based treatment to countless individuals. The continued success of the Center for Anxiety comes as no surprise to me, with a team that contains such highly skilled professionals who display clinical acumen, empathy, and compassion. When I first entered treatment I was concerned that therapy would be similar to the experiences with past psychologists: a seemingly bottomless pit with no reductions in my anxiety symptoms, but was so relieved when I started to feel less anxious after only a handful of sessions. My therapist created a treatment plan that was tailored exactly to my needs and taught me practical skills to help me work through my anxiety that I still use and practice to this very day.
No More Panic
When I first came in, I was struggling with panic disorder and didn’t even know it, which only made dealing with it that much more difficult. After my first time sitting down with my therapist, however, I instantly started to gain perspective and look at the difficult situation in a different light. Our meetings helped me conquer the issue step by step and get my life back on track. I’d strongly recommend that anyone dealing with anxiety in a way that impacts their day to day life should visit the Center for Anxiety! I know it helped me tremendously.
Free of Obsessions
When I woke up one morning last June and didn’t want to get out of bed, I knew I needed help. The thought of getting through another day with all my anxieties, obsessions and rituals was just too overwhelming. After feeling stuck for years, I just couldn’t anymore. Thankfully, that’s when I found the Center for Anxiety. Dr. Rosmarin and his staff are experts at what they do, kind and professional. After just several weeks I accomplished my initial targets. The change I experienced in such a short amount of time was astounding that I stayed on for a while longer to work on more complex goals. I soon achieved those too. Now, I am free of my obsessions, know how to manage my anxiety, and love my life. My only regret: not having done this sooner. I wish I had known that you don’t have to wait to hit rock bottom to get help.
Depression Lifted
I’m 26 years old and I’ve been suffering from terrible depression for 7 years. In the throws of my sadness I literally wanted to die. Soon after starting therapy at the Center for Anxiety, my depression lifted. My suicidal thoughts began to dissipate. I remember the feeling that came over me as soon as the dark cloud above me left. It was the most liberating feeling I have ever experienced. I actually shouted to my friends, family and anyone nearby me “I’m Happy! I am Happy!” I felt free.
From EXISTING to LIVING
Over the course of four years I developed anxiety-like symptoms (tightness in chest, gut, back) that slowly but surely increased in duration and severity. The EXTREMELY uncomfortable nature of the symptoms notwithstanding, I still continued and managed to function. The effort required to do so, however, left me utterly drained. Having always been a very spiritual person I strongly felt that a course of therapy incorporating a spiritual component could potentially work well for me and decided to give the Center for Anxiety a try. Happily, I have achieved significant symptom reduction, tremendously improved emotional/mental health, and above all, Connection. Medication free. I’m no longer just existing, I’m LIVING. I’ve been given a second chance to become the unique human being that I was meant to be.
No More worries
I have wormed in healthcare for 36 years in many different settings, and I have been overwhelmingly satisfied with the Center for Anxiety. When staff says they are going to call, I get a call. From the first contact, I have been very impressed with the professionalism and efficiency. I had a situation and needed to have sessions more than once per week, and my clinicians worked out a schedule to accommodate my needs. I was astounded that they attended to me so quickly and effectively - they made my priority their priority. My clinicians were also excellent at what they do - they have a plan for me each session, and it's clear that they have thought in advance about each session, and that they are listening to what I say and observing what I do, even though our sessions have been conducted via Telehealth. Compassion is a quality that I have all too often found to be lacking in my experiences as a healthcare professional and patient, and this is not the case with the Center for Anxiety. Of all the websites I found on Google, I am so thankful that God guided my hand to yours.
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