- Depressive disorders
- Bipolar Spectrum Disorder
- Anxiety Disorders
- Mental health of Older Adults
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
- Pharmacogenetic Testing
- Dementias and related behavioral concerns
- Adjustment disorders
- Functional Neurological Disorders
- Marital counseling
- Family therapy
Over 300 million people are affected annually by depression, making it one of the most common mental health conditions in the world. At Amavi, we are committed to providing comprehensive mental health services to those who struggle with depression.
What is Depression?
Depression is a mental health condition that can affect the entire body, including the brain. It can negatively alter the way you think, behave, and feel. It may be defined as persistent feelings of sadness, loss of interest, and unrest that last longer than a few weeks.
Anyone can feel sad or even depressed at times. However, depression is a more intense feeling compared to the normal feelings of sadness. Depression is a mental illness that has a wide range of symptoms which can make it difficult to manage and maintain a good quality of life. They can impact a person’s ability to function, maintain relationships, keep commitments, or complete tasks.
Symptoms vary from person to person and appear during the night and day. Common symptoms or signs of depression include:
- A feeling of ongoing sadness, anxiety, or “emptiness”
- Aches or body pain such as migraines, cramps, or digestive problems
- Changes in appetite
- Decreased energy
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling inadequate
- Inability to make decisions
- Loss of interest
- Low self-esteem
- Thoughts of suicide or death
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
Often depression cannot be managed or treated alone. If you or a loved one has begun to show signs or symptoms of depression, seek help.
Fortunately, depression can be treated, and you can find relief from symptoms and improve your quality of life.
At Amavi, we offer individual and group therapies, behavioral therapy, medication, consultation services, and will work with you to customize a treatment plan that fits your needs and lifestyle. Treatment can vary from therapy, lifestyle changes, stress management, prescription medication such as antidepressants, acupuncture, and other forms of therapy.
Bipolar Spectrum Disorder
Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition characterized by extreme mood swings with significant emotional highs and lows. Both ends of the spectrum cause severe symptoms that can be difficult to manage.
It is a chronic mental health condition that does not have a cure, but the management of symptoms is possible.
The main symptom associated with bipolar disorder is chronic mood swings. During periods of extreme high or mania, the person may feel invincible leading to the engagement of risky behaviors. In episodes of extreme lows or depression, the individual may feel an overwhelming sense of despair or disinterest.
Other symptoms associated with bipolar disorder are often a result of the influence of the mood swings. These symptoms can become aggravated by co-occurring conditions such as substance abuse or other health conditions as substance abuse, depression, or other mental health conditions.
Though there is no cure, the condition is treatable. Treatment focuses on learning how to manage mood swings and symptoms. Gaining a better understanding of your triggers will help you to respond better to your own emotions. Other forms of treatment include medication, individual or group counseling, behavioral therapies, and lifestyle changes.
Anxiety disorders impact over 40 million people every year within the U.S. Though everyone may experience anxiety from time to time, anxiety disorders cause persistent stress or unease about even daily situations such as socializing with others, driving, or work. Left untreated, anxiety can significantly impact one's quality of life and ability to participate in activities that they used to enjoy.
Anxiety is an emotion characterized by strong feelings of tension, worry, physical changes such as an increase in blood pressure and heart rate. People with anxiety disorders have constant intrusive thoughts or concerns.
Anxiety disorders come in a variety of forms from general anxiety to more specific conditions such as social anxiety or panic disorders. Anxiety develops from several compounding factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events. Many patients who are diagnosed with anxiety may also have co-occurring illnesses such as substance abuse, depression, or other mental health conditions.
Common symptoms of anxiety include:
- Nervousness, restlessness, and feeling like you cannot relax
- Feelings of danger, panic, and dread
- Rapid heart rate and breathing or hyperventilation
- Increased or heavy sweating
- Muscle twitching or trembling
- Weakness or lethargy
- Difficulty focusing
- Digestive problems
- Avoidant behavior
- Obsessions about certain ideas
At Amavi, we tailor each treatment plan to the individual needs of the patient. We will carefully go over any symptoms you are experiencing, your medical history, and any other relevant factors such as life events and behaviors.
Common treatments for anxiety include individual or group therapy, medication, lifestyle changes, and other various therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or electroconvulsive therapy.
Mental health of Older Adults
While most older adults have good mental health, many older adults are at risk of developing mental disorders, neurological disorders or substance use problems. Depression and anxiety are particularly common in older adult patients and are often under-identified by family members and healthcare professionals. Depression is not a normal part of aging, and accurate diagnosis and treatment can greatly improve quality of life.
Cognitive issues, such as mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia, are also a concern for many older adult patients. Our psychiatric providers are well-versed in the presentation and management of the different types of dementia, and can help you navigate many of the mood, behavioral, and sleep disturbances that often accompany a diagnosis of dementia.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition triggered by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. It can affect anyone at any age.
For many, time and self-care can heal the trauma of such events, but for some, the experience leads to long-lasting symptoms that can interfere with daily activities. If these symptoms persist for months or years, you may have PTSD, and getting treatment is crucial to recovering from the trauma of your experience.
Symptoms of PTSD are generally grouped into four primary types:
- Changes in physical and emotional reactions
- Intrusive memories
- Negative changes in thinking and mood
Those with PTSD may experience symptoms from one or all of these categories.
We are a compassionate practice and know that the road to feeling like yourself again can be overwhelming at times. We take the time to thoroughly assess your symptoms and history before we recommend a course of treatment for you. Common treatment options include therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
What is obsessive-compulsive disorder?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is a mental health condition in which people experience unreasonable thoughts or fears known as obsessions, that lead to compulsions or repetitive behaviors to alleviate the anxiety associated with the obsessions.
If you have OCD and try to ignore your obsessions, you may experience increased anxiety as a result.
If you have OCD, you may have specific routines that can take up large amounts of time to relieve your anxiety. Common signs of OCD include:
- Constant feelings of anxiety
- Repetition of words and actions
- Ordering and arranging
- Excessive agitation or stress
If you have OCD, your compulsions or repetitive actions may consume the majority of your day and interfere with your ability to participate in routine activities such as work or spending time with friends or loved ones.
Through an innovative and multi-disciplinary approach, we can help you to retake control of your life. We will customize a treatment plan that suits your lifestyle and needs. Common forms of treatment include cognitive-behavioral therapy, mediation, counseling, group and individual therapy, and support and education programs.
There are times when patients don’t respond to medications as well as we would hope, or they experience more negative side effects than we would expect. In these patients it can be beneficial to do pharmacogenetic testing. This type of testing is done in the office through a simple, painless cheek swab and can provide information on how your individual genetic makeup can influence your metabolism of different medications. This information can help guide your treatment plan and reduce “trial and error” medication dosing.