Adults, Adolescents, and Children (four years of age and older)

Services covered by many insurance plans and fees are available upon request. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover payment methods. Dr. Schneider provides individual, couples and family treatment in the following areas:

DEPRESSION

Depression is a common, but serious, condition. People often report feeling sad and empty for long periods of time. However, it is surprising to note that approximately 50% of individuals who are significantly depressed have no symptoms of sadness. Physical health and thinking patterns can be affected by depression. In the worst cases of depression, it can lead people to consider suicide. One in ten adults experience symptoms of depression throughout their life and the majority have their first bout of depression in their late teens or early twenties. Depressive symptoms can vary from person to person. Our gender, culture, or age may change how you experience depression. Depressive symptoms include the following:

ANXIETY

Anxiety is a term for several disorders that can involve nervousness, fear, phobias, apprehension, and/or worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave and can cause physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling while severe anxiety can seriously affect day-today living. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported a national survey from 2008 to 20012 in which it was reported that 4.3 million adults, employed full time, had an Anxiety Disorder in the past year. While Anxiety Disorders are the most common group of mental health disorders in the United States, it is estimated that only 37 percent of people with an Anxiety diagnosis receive treatment.

BIPOLAR DISORDER

Bipolar Disorder, known for extreme mood swings from depression to mania, is very serious and can involve risky behavior, even suicidal tendencies. Bipolar Disorder symptoms can be difficult to identify in children and teens as it is often hard to tell whether these are normal ups and downs, the results of stress or trauma, or signs of a mental health problem other than Bipolar Disorder, for example, an Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. The most prominent signs of Bipolar Disorder in children and teenagers may include severe mood swings that are different from their usual mood swings. While there is no sure way to prevent Bipolar Disorder, treatment at earlier stages of a mental health disorder can help prevent Bipolar Disorder, or other mental health conditions, from worsening.

ALCOHOL/SUBSTANCE USE ISSUES

It is important to know that whether an individual has an Alcohol or Substance Use Disorder is more related to how it affects his/her functioning and relationships than it is to frequency and amount of use. It is estimated that about one out of ten American adults have an Alcohol Use Disorder.   Adults with Alcohol/Substance Use Disorder diagnoses may drink/use in ways that harm their health, their happiness, and their relationships.

What are some of the signs of alcohol/substance use problems?

STRESS

Stress is often defined as a bodily response to the demands of life. But there are also different aspects of stress such as emotional and mental. The American Institute of Stress calls stress ‘America’s leading health problem.’ In most cases, the stress that we experience today is a response to psychological threats or fears. For example, some of us may fear losing our jobs or the loss of a loved one. Any of these issues can occur more than once in a life time. Stress can have physical, mental, and/or emotional symptoms and can affect people differently. Symptoms of stress can include: headaches, digestive issues, skin breakouts, and/or feeling overwhelmed. As with other mental health issues, it is important to rule out physical causes by consulting with your health care practitioner.

PERSONALITY DISORDERS

A Personality Disorder is a type of mental disorder in which an individual has an unhealthy pattern of thinking, functioning and behaving. An individual with a Personality Disorder can also have trouble perceiving and relating to situations and people. This difficulty causes significant problems and limitations in personal relationships, social interactions, work, and at school. In some cases you may not realize that you have a Personality Disorder because your way of thinking and behaving seem natural to you. Also, you may blame others for the challenges you face, without realizing it. These patterns develop early, usually are not flexible, and can result in maladaptive coping skills. Examples of such disorders include dependent, withdrawn, or avoidant personality patterns.

ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDERS

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is a chronic condition that affects millions of children and typically continues into adulthood. These disorders include persistent problems, such as difficulty sustaining attention and/or focus, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior, or a combination of these factors. Children with these difficulties often struggle with low self-esteem, troubled relationships and poor performance in school. Symptoms sometimes lessen over time, but many individuals never completely outgrow their ADHD symptoms.   While no cure for these difficulties exists, treatment can help a great deal with symptoms. Treatment typically involves medication and counseling interventions. Early diagnosis and treatment by a mental health professional can make a big difference in the outcome.

COUPLES/MARITAL THERAPY AND FAMILY THERAPY

Couples/Marital Therapy and Family Therapy are types of treatment which help couples and families recognize and resolve conflicts and improve their relationships. Through such treatment, you can realize conflictual interactional patterns and make thoughtful decisions about rebuilding and strengthening your relationships. The specific treatment plan depends on the situation. Therapists who conduct Couples and Family Therapy may also choose to be credentialed by a professional association such as the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

IMPORTANT NOTES

Each condition can include different types and often can be combined with other disorders. This combination is referred to as a co-occurring disorder. A person may have a type of depression, for example, a Major Depressive Disorder, as well as an Alcohol Use Disorder. Careful and thorough evaluation by a licensed mental health clinician is needed to develop a specific treatment plan. Also, as mentioned previously, it is important to rule out physical causes by consulting with your health care practitioner.

The following internet resources were utilized to gather some of this information and may be helpful to the reader:

Mayo Clinic: mayoclinic.org

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): samhsa.gov

WebMD:   webmd.com