CLIENT TYPES

In Dr. Brad Novak's private practice, he specializes in the treatment of adults with the following conditions:

Anxiety

Panic Disorder – : A panic attack is a discrete period of intense fear or discomfort accompanied by such symptoms as a racing heart, sweating, palpitations, fast breathing, shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, hot flashes and chest pain.

Social Phobia – A marked and persistent fear of one or more social or performance situations.  The individual often fears that he or she will act in a way that will be humiliating or embarrassing.

Insomina – characterized by an inability to sleep and/or to be incapable of remaining asleep for a reasonable period. Insomniacs typically complain of being unable to close their eyes or "rest their mind" for more than a few minutes at a time. Both organic and nonorganic insomnia constitute a sleep disorder. It is often caused by fear, stress, anxiety, medications, herbs or caffeine. An overactive mind or physical pain may also be causes. Finding the underlying cause of insomnia is usually necessary to cure it.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – recurring obsessions (troublesome and intrusive thoughts) and/or compulsions (repetitive behaviors or rituals such as hand washing, counting, checking to see if doors are locked) which are often seen as senseless but which interfere with an individual’s daily functioning.

Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD). is a term for certain psychological consequences of exposure to, or confrontation with, stressful, experiences that the person experiences as highly traumatic. The experience must involve actual or threatened death, serious physical injury, or a threat to physical and/or psychological integrity. It is occasionally called post-traumatic stress reaction to emphasize that it is a routine result of traumatic experience rather than a manifestation of a pre-existing psychological weakness on the part of the patient.

Mood Disorders

Depression – lasting feelings of sadness, helplessness, hopelessness, unworthiness and guilt, inability to feel happiness, a decline in school or work performance, changes in sleeping and eating habits.

Dysthymic disorder – presence of depression more days than not for at least 2 years.

Bipolar Disorder (manic-depression) – periods of depression alternating with manic periods, which may include irritability, euphoric mood, excessive energy, impulsive behavior, staying up all night, and grandiosity.

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