General Psychiatry

Your Resource for Mental Disorders

Those who struggle with mental disorders tend to exhibit personality traits that do not reflect who they truly are inside. At VCAM we strive to help individuals free themselves from the shackles of mental disorders and feel like their true selves again—possibly, even for the first time—and allow them to live life uninhibited by mental illness. Some of the conditions we specialize in treating include the following:

Bi-Polar Disorder

Individuals experiencing bi-polar disorder are characterized by their tendency to exhibit a range of mood swings that can range between depressive lows and manic highs. Such a disorder can cause an individual to feel as if they have lost their sense of self and as if they are not in control of their lives. During manic periods, individuals may feel uncharacteristically energetic or irritable. Such periods may cause individuals to make decisions with little regard for consequences and a reduced need for sleep. During low or depressive periods, individuals may sleep more, and experience heightened sadness, anxiety or lack of energy. Bi-polar disorder is commonly associated with anxiety disorders and substance abuse disorders.  If you or a loved one is experiencing bi-polar disorder, you may feel as if your future is bleak with little hope for improvement. However, with the right help and professional assistance, as well as with the person’s own individual motivation, overcoming bi-polar disorder is a goal just within reach. 

Depression

This common but serious mood disorder results in severe symptoms affecting how sufferers think, feel, and respond to commonplace daily activities such as eating, working, or sleeping. In order to be diagnosed with depression, an individual must experience these symptoms for a minimum of two weeks. There are many different types of depression a patient may experience, including persistent depressive disorder, perinatal depression, psychotic depression, seasonal affective disorder, and more. Regardless of the type of depression you or a loved one may be suffering from, the condition can severely affect one’s quality of life and hold them back from enjoying activities they once found pleasurable or reaching their goals. With the right help and guidance, however, overcoming depression is completely possible.

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a brain disorder that results in an individual exhibiting a consistent pattern of either hyperactivity-impulsivity and inattention that can interfere with development or functioning. Individuals with this disorder will wander off task, lack persistence, are disorganized, struggle to stay focused, are in constant movement, and make hasty actions. A few of these behaviors in certain situations are common, especially in young people, but with ADHD, these behaviors are more severe, occur more frequently, and reduce the quality of their functions in social, educational, or work settings. With proper treatment, however, these individuals can restore a normal and vastly improved quality of life.

Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are woefully common but, fortunately, entirely treatable. It is important, though, to distinguish between a normal amount of anxiety and an actual anxiety disorder. It is normal to feel anxious every now and again, especially when faced with a situation such as a problem at work, preparing for a test, or making a choice that’s important. However, anxiety disorders cause individuals to feel distressed on a daily basis that prevents those who experience them from being able to carry on with their life as they otherwise would have. These individuals have constant fear and worry in a way that becomes overwhelming or even disabling. Types of anxiety disorders include panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder. Regardless of the type of anxiety a person suffers from, the result tends to be a severely decreased quality of life as the person is overwhelmed by their feelings. With treatment, however, these feelings can be managed and the person with the disorder can go back to living a fulfilling life.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD for short, is a disorder in which individuals experience symptoms of compulsions, obsessions, or both. Symptoms can become so severe that they interfere with any and all aspects of life, including school, work, and personal relationships. Obsessions are characterized as repeated urges, thoughts, or mental images that result in anxiety. These may manifest themselves as fear of contamination or germs, unwanted taboo or forbidden thoughts, aggressive thoughts towards the self or others, or having things in perfect or symmetrical order. Meanwhile, compulsions include repetitive behaviors such as excessive cleaning or hand washing, arranging things in a specific way, checking on things repeatedly, or compulsive counting. While not all habits or rituals are considered compulsions, these compulsions are out of the person’s control and occur frequently enough that they disrupt other daily activities. This is a common condition that affects many individuals, but it can still seriously degrade a person’s quality of life. With proper treatment, people can learn to control their obsessions and compulsions.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a disorder that develops in certain individuals after experiencing a scary, shocking, or dangerous event in their lives. While it is natural to feel fear while a traumatic situation happens, and even immediately after, some people continue to experience these problems and become diagnosed with PTSD. These people may feel frightened or stressed even when there is no danger present. Some other symptoms can include flashbacks that cause the individual to relive the trauma again and again, including physical symptoms such as sweating or a racing heart, and frightening thoughts or bad dreams that seem to reoccur. Individuals experiencing PTSD also may tend to avoid places, objects, or events that are reminders of the traumatic experience. With proper counseling, those who experience PTSD can learn how to cope with or even overcome their PTSD.

Get in Touch Today!

A life with any of the above conditions is not a life lived to its fullest potential—and we want to help. As specialists in psychiatrist mood disorders, we have all the knowledge and resources necessary to aid you or your loved one in overcoming these conditions and helping you regain control of your life once and for all. Get help today by scheduling an appointment. Call us at 804.332.5950 to take the first step towards becoming the true you!