Some of the more prevalent mental health disorders which Dr. DiBiasie frequently treats are: Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Substance Abuse. The office has provided more detailed information abuse these conditions as well as links to others sites for additional information for your review. This information may help you to better understand yourself and/or a loved one, as well as learn of advised treatment approaches to address them.

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Social anxiety disorder is the fear of being judged and scrutinized by others in social or performance situation. Social anxiety disorder can create great disturbance in the lives of those who suffer from it. This disorder is not simply shyness or awkwardness. It is often greatly disruptive to those who suffer from it, often making it difficult for them to accomplish the tasks of daily living. This disorder is also often called Social Phobia. People with this disorder may have great difficulty making and maintaining romantic relationships, making them feel alone, powerless or ashamed and concerned about embarrassing themselves.

  • About 15 million American adults have this disorder

  • The typical age of onset is 13 years old

  • Approximately 36 percent of people with social anxiety disorder report symptoms of up to 10 years before seeking help.

The anxiety can interfere significantly with daily routines, work performance or social life, making it difficult to complete school, to interview and obtain employment, and have friendships and romantic relationships. Social anxiety disorder often begins in childhood or adolescence. Children are often prone to clinging behavior, tantrums, and in extreme cases, mutism.

Everyone experiences stress and anxiety at one time or another in their lives. The difference between them is that stress is a response to a perceived threat in a situation. Anxiety is a reaction to the stress.
Whether in good times or in bad, most people believe that stress interferes at least moderately with their lives. Chronic stress can affect health, causing symptoms from headaches, chest pain, high blood pressure, skins rashes and loss of sleep, to reference just a few.

Some tools to manage stress include physical activity. Regular participation in exercise has been shown to positive reduce degree and impact of stress. It may also help to decrease overall levels of tension, stabilize mood, and improve sleep and self-esteem.

Relaxation techniques have also been shown to reduce degree and impact of stress, as well as those suffering from panic disorder, depression and generalized anxiety disorder.

Children and adults with obsessive-compulsive disorder suffer from unwanted thoughts and intrusive thoughts they can not seem to get out of their heads (obsessions), often compelling them to perform ritualistic tasks repeatedly and routines (compulsions) to try to ease or lessen their anxiety.

Most people with OCD are aware their obsessions and compulsions are irrational, yet their feel unable or powerless to stop them.
People with OCD have great difficulty attending to routine tasks of daily living and routine in school, work, family, or social situations. People with this disorder may spend several hours every day performing ritualistic tasks and focusing on obsessional thoughts. They often find it very difficult to concentrate on daily activities.

Children suffer from OCD, but unlike adults, they may not realize their obsessions and compulsions are excessive.

Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by persistent, excessive worry about everyday things.
People with this disorder often experience exaggerated worry and tension, often expecting the worst, even when there is no apparent reason for concern or worry. They anticipate disaster at most every turn and are often overly concerned about money, health, family, work, or other issues. Generalized anxiety disorder is diagnosed when the problems have persisted for at least six months.

People with this disorder often get anxious just thinking about the tasks of the day. They don’t know how to stop the worry cycle and feel it is beyond their ability to control it, even though they often realize that their worry is greater than the situation truly warrants.

Generalized anxiety disorder affects approximately seven million adults. Women are twice as likely to be affected with this disorder as are men.

The disorder often comes on gradually can begin across the life cycle, though the risk is greater between childhood and middle age.
When the disorder is mild, people can often function socially and be gainfully employed. Although they may avoid some situations because they have this disorder, some people can have difficulty carrying out the simplest of tasks then their anxiety is severe.

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