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What is ADHD?

Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder that can affect a person’s attention, impulsivity, memory, and other cognitive functions. While it is often diagnosed in childhood, ADHD can affect people well into adulthood.

It is estimated that 11 percent of children have ADHD in the United States. In adults, it is estimated at 4.4 percent. ADHD affects a range of cognitive functions, including one’s ability to concentrate and one’s memory.

Many associate ADHD with kids primarily, but as the statistics above show, it affects adults as well. Some children live with their ADHD into adulthood. Others do not even receive a diagnosis until they are adults.

Getting to Know Anger Management

On one level, anger management involves techniques that help you control your temper and remain calm in triggering situations. On a deeper level, it is a way to understand that anger is a normal part of life but that you need to deploy it more constructively and effectively.

Many healthy people experience anger on a regular basis. It helps people process traumatic events and even small, everyday problems. When someone has an excess of uncontrolled anger, however, they may have an anger disorder. Anger disorders are often combined with other untreated mental disorders.

Healthy vs. Unhealthy Anger

Anger is a normal part of life, but there are major differences between healthy and unhealthy anger. As a starting point, an individual needs to identify whether or not their anger is healthy to determine whether or not they need anger management.

People who experience anger that interferes with their quality of life or destroys relationships, jobs, and friendships may require anger management intervention. Anger management may also be necessary for those whose anger has created legal problems.

Some fear or worry can help keep people safe. For example, if your physical safety is in immediate danger, fear can release adrenaline that helps you stay safe. Although it’s uncomfortable, worry is also a natural and healthy part of the spectrum of human emotion. However, fear and worry that is too intense or occurs too often can mean that someone has an anxiety disorder.

How Common are Anxiety Disorders?

An estimated 40 million adults in the United States experience a type of anxiety disorder each year, which adds up to more than 18 percent of the adult population. Anxiety also affects more than seven percent of–or 4.4 million–children in the country.

Anxiety Providers

Amy Gray, Ashley Miller, Sarah, Emily Lindburg, Emily Peterson, Erinn McCabe, Dr. Heather Meggers, Judy Lemke, Lauri, Doepke,  Melanie Strand-Glatczak, Michelle Lassa, Rachel Sheldon, Rachel Zentner, Rachel Eifert, Tim Fruendl

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder might be more stigmatized than any other mental health disorder. The term is also used incorrectly by many and by the media, leading people to think that someone who simply changes mood quickly is “bipolar.” These misconceptions can make life for those with the disorder difficult and even prevent some from getting the help they need.

Bipolar is a serious disorder, like depression, and can be fatal in some cases. Sometimes referred to as manic depression, bipolar disorder is characterized by dramatic polarized swings in mood, energy, and functionality.

Couples and Relationship Issues

The therapists at BHC work with couples to help them overcome issues that may be contributing to their relationship problems, including:

  • Sexual issues including addiction, abuse, trauma, infidelity, and gender identity issues
  • Multicultural families and related issues
  • Blended families
  • Premarital, marital, relationship, and couples counseling

Couple and Relationship Providers 

Judy Lemke, Dr. Meggers-Wright, Amy Gray, Dr. Brian Weiland, Michelle Lassa (Relationship communications), Rachel Sheldon (Relationship issues), Rachel Zentner. (Relationship issues), Emily Peterson (Relationship and communication issues), Dr. Shannon Schaefer, Erinn McCabe, Lauri Doepke, Rachel Eifert 

What is Depression?

Depression is a mood disorder in which someone experiences such low moods that it interferes with their daily life. The condition not only affects a patient’s moods, but a person with depression may also think and act differently than they used to.

Depression, also known as major depressive disorder, is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States. The American Psychiatric Association estimates that one in every six individuals will experience depression in their lifetimes. Furthermore, about one in 15 people have depression during any given year.

People who may have depression may not know that help is available. Major depressive disorder is a treatable illness, even though it may feel impossible to overcome when someone is in the throws of it.

Depression Providers  

Amy Gray, Ashley Miller, Sarah, Emily Peterson, Erinn McCabe, Dr. Heather Meggers, Judy Lemke, Lauri, Doepke,  Melanie Strand-Glatczak, Michelle Lassa, Rachel Sheldon, Rachel Zentner, Rachel Eifert, Tim Fruendl, Dr. Stacy Stefaniak Luther

Pre-Surrogacy, Pre-Egg Donation, and Pre-surgical Evaluations

The Behavioral Health Clinic provides pre-surrogacy, pre-egg donation, and pre-surgical evaluations in Wisconsin. These are comprehensive and based on your unique and immediate needs. We will listen to your story and use assessments that will provide you with the comprehensive information you need. We are happy to consult with your agency, primary care providers, or others to assist with your evaluation needs.  

Pre-egg/pre-surrogacy/pre-adoption and adoption Providers 

Dr. Stacy Stefaniak Luther (therapy), Dr. Shannon Schaefer (assessment and therapy) 

What Does OCD Mean?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that causes patients to fixate on smaller aspects of life in an outsized way. These fixations interfere with the individual’s quality of life and ability to execute regular daily tasks.

To be considered for this diagnosis, the patient must be experiencing the obsessions for at least one hour every day and experiencing stress as a result. It is important to understand that OCD is not satisfying for the patient; instead, he or she feels as if they are staving off disaster by performing obsessive tasks– a very stressful scenario.

What is a Panic Attack?

A panic attack is an acute event in which a person feels an intense feeling of dread and an array of physical symptoms like sweating, high pulse, and trouble breathing. While panic attacks can be a sign of underlying generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), they can also happen to people with no underlying anxiety disorder.

What are Personality Disorders?

Personality disorders are mental illnesses that affect a patient’s ability to form and keep interpersonal relationships, adapt to the changing demands of life, and use healthy behavior patterns. People with disordered personalities often feel as though their behaviors are “normal,” but they struggle with their rigid worldviews and social difficulties.

Like all mental illnesses, a personality disorder disrupts a person’s life. Patients must meet several criteria before they receive a diagnosis of this kind. The psychologist must see deeply embedded behavior patterns that show that the patient’s perceptions, actions, thoughts, and relations with others are severely distorted.

Personality disorders tend to present in the teenage years, and symptoms continue well into adulthood. By middle age, the signs of the disease tend to be less evident than before.

Postpartum Issues

The Behavioral Health Clinic is proud to provide services for men and women in Wisconsin who may be struggling with Postpartum Depression, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, pregnancy/infant loss, infertility, birthing or pregnancy related trauma, and parenting stress.

Many of our providers are breastfeeding friendly and available to help support you through the unique stressors associated with your reproductive health.

Postpartum and Perinatal Mood/Anxiety Disorders & Parenting Providers 

Dr. Stacy Stefaniak Luther (Postpartum and Perinatal Mood/Anxiety, Parenting), Erinn McCabe (Parenting), Dr. Shannon Schaefer (Parenting) 

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that people sometimes develop in response to a traumatic event. The disorder often causes symptoms such as avoidance, intrusive thoughts, and flashbacks.

Unfortunately, some people who live with PTSD think that they can never recover from their symptoms because they cannot erase the trauma. Behavioral Health Clinic wants any such person to know that there is hope. Mental health care providers can help you reduce symptoms of PTSD or even make a full recovery.

Understanding Self-Esteem

Self-esteem refers to how much confidence someone has in their own worth or abilities. It has an effect on everything we do in our lives and how we relate to others.

Self esteem affects our thoughts, but also how we act. As an example, someone with low self esteem may not believe they are good enough for an opportunity and therefore might not even try for it, even if they could actually achieve it.

The well-known Maslow’s hierarchy of needs places self-esteem at the center of what drives humans along with things such as having enough food, safety, and even love.

Self esteem goes up and down throughout anyone’s life. It does not change quickly however but as a result of an ongoing internal monologue about a person’s sense of self worth.

Improving self esteem takes time and effort. In some cases, individuals may have unusually high self esteem which can also be unhealthy and might indicate a narcissistic personality disorder. Those with low self esteem can suffer from other issues such as depression.

What is Stress Management

Like anger, stress is a normal part of even the healthiest person. It can, however, become so intense that it interferes with someone’s quality of life. Patients with an unhealthy amount of stress need to learn coping mechanisms via an intervention commonly referred to as “stress management.”

Stress in our Lives

While stigmatized, stress is natural and even useful. After all, having a stress reaction to an attacking animal served our earliest ancestors well. Today, we do not face the same dangers as ancient humans, but we still have many of the same psychological responses, including stress.

Stress today is triggered by things such as relationships, jobs, or money. Stress can also occur in highly traumatic environments such as war, first serving to protect the individual but then, in some cases, leading to mental disorders such as PTSD.