Addiction is a chronic disease that is characterized by use of a substance/behavior that is out of control. Many see substance/behavior activities as a decision made by the use, and while that may be true initially, repeated substance/behavior use leads to actual changes in the brain that make it quitting incredibly difficult and may even seem impossible to the user.
ADD, or Attention Deficit Disorder, is a condition with symptoms such as inattentiveness, impulsivity, and a lack of focus. These symptoms can look very different from person to person. ADD can affect both children and adults, but the symptoms primarily start to show in childhood. Children and adults with ADD may exhibit these symptoms:
ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a very similar condition to ADD and shares almost all of the same symptoms as ADD, however it adds a component of hyperactivity. While ADHD tends to be more common in children, it does affect adults as well. Children and adults who suffer from ADHD will display similar symptoms to ADD, with the addition of the last three symptoms on the list below (italicized):
Anger is a normal and often healthy emotion that we all feel from time to time. However, when one’s anger becomes difficult or even impossible to control it can have a negative impact on a person’s life. Difficulty controlling anger can lead to difficulties in all aspects of life including relationships, family, and in the workplace. There are many myths that many people believe regarding anger and here are a few:
We know that everyone feels anxious from time to time, whether you have a big project coming up in work, or wondering how the bills are going to get paid…anxiety happens to all of us. But how do you know if your levels of anxiety are normal? When does it become an issue? Here are some signs and symptoms of chronic anxiety:
Attachment is the deep connection established between a child and caregiver that profoundly affects your child's development and ability to express emotions and develop relationships. If you are the parent of a child with an Attachment Disorder, trying to build a connection with your child may be exhausting and at times feel impossible. A child with insecure attachment or an attachment disorder lacks the skills for building meaningful relationships. Attachment Disorders can occur through no fault of the parents, but can be a result of a lack of care or response to typical infant behaviors like crying or even cooing.
Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) causes serious shifts in mood, energy, thinking, and behavior—from the highs of mania on one extreme, to the lows of depression on the other.
Co-dependency is often referred to as a “relationship addiction” and is characterized by a relationship that is “one-sided” in terms of emotional support and is often emotionally or physically abusive. A Co-dependent will tend to have low self-esteem and may seek to gain a feeling of importance through feeling “needed” by another person.
Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental disorder marked by a pattern of ongoing instability in moods, behavior, self-image, and functioning. These experiences often result in impulsive actions and unstable relationships. A person with BPD may experience intense episodes of anger, depression, and anxiety that may last from only a few hours to days.
Covert incest is a term describing a relationship where a child is treated and feels more like a “partner” rather than a child. This often occurs when a parent uses a child as a source of emotional support in a way that is closer to a “romantic relationship” rather than “parent-child.”
Sadness is something we all experience. It is a normal reaction to difficult times in life and usually passes with a little time. When a person has depression, it interferes with daily life and normal functioning. It can cause pain for both the person with depression and their loved ones. Doctors call this condition “depressive disorder,” or “clinical depression.” It is a real illness. It is not a sign of a person’s weakness or a character flaw. You can’t “snap out” of clinical depression.
Our NorthPoint counselors can help parents and families address problems in a healthy manner and develop more enjoyable fulfilling relationships.
Families come to family counseling to prevent problems from occurring in the future and some come to solve current problems or heal from past family wounds.
Losing someone you love is a very difficult and often painful process. It is often accompanied by a feeling of inner-turmoil and the feeling of hopelessness from which you cannot recover. There is no right or wrong way to grieve the loss of a loved one, there are healthy ways to cope with the feeling of loss that can help permit you to move on in a healthy way.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive compulsive behaviors affect people of all ages. In many cases, these behaviors are a response in needing to reduce internal apprehension as well as a need to abstain from or in need of control. It can be difficult at times to see as it often involves behaviors that otherwise seem healthy or normal. Most people with obsessive-compulsive disorder have both obsessions and compulsions, but some people experience just one or the other.
Have you ever thought “Time-outs just don’t work for my child”? Is all of that stomping, yelling and thrashing starting to wear you out? Is time out becoming more of a hassle than a help?
Parenting, though rewarding, may still be one of the most difficult and time-consuming aspects of a parent’s life. Let’s face it, tending to the needs of an infant or child’s daily needs is taxing.
It is completely normal for a person to be afraid of things, it’s how we survive in some cases. It’s also normal to have one or two irrational fears. Irrational fears are those that can cause us to be afraid, but don’t pose a threat to one’s safety. For example, a harmless spider living in your attic. When an irrational fear becomes a phobia, it will interfere with one’s daily life. Phobias can be incredibly difficult and disruptive to one’s life.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD is characterized by a lasting negative effect on a person following a traumatic, shocking, or terrifying event. It is completely normal to have a reaction to a traumatic event. In fact it is how our body and minds work and help keep us alive in certain situations.
As we all know, any healthy relationship require work and is bound to face challenges both large and small. Simple, everyday stressors can strain an any relationship, and as such, any major sources of stress will often threaten the stability of the relationship.
We believe if each partner in the relationship is willing to address the issue at hand and participate in developing a workable solution, most relationship problems are manageable. But when challenges are left unaddressed, tension mounts, poor habits develop, and the health and longevity of the relationship will be in jeopardy.
All children who attend school of any kind will encounter problems. Whether preschool or college, there will be challenges to overcome. A good relationship with your child’s school and teachers can help you head off problems before they start. When school problems come up, it’s important that you quickly recognize and address them.
Trauma may better evident when a person is struggling with upsetting emotions, frightening memories, or a sense of constant danger. Symptoms may include but not limited to feeling numb, disconnected, and/or unable to trust other people.
When bad things happen, it can take a while to get over the pain and feel safe (normal) again-whether the trauma happened years ago or yesterday, you can heal and move on.
Can Work Really Be An Addiction?
The answer is Yes! Work addiction is best recognized when an individual is unable to set healthy boundaries around their job schedules and obligations.
Work addicts use their work as the primary source of satisfaction. The choice in making work as the primary source of fulfillment and satisfaction not only affects the work addict, but family, friends, and co-workers suffer as well.
Work Addiction Effects
Work addicts are compulsively driven to perform and are unable to relax, rest, take a break, or feel a sense of true accomplishment.
Their behaviors are self-driven and often based on a flawed sense of self. Work addicts have unexamined self-perceptions stemming from underlying unresolved emotional problems. Work addicts generally have an exaggerated sense of importance and rely on accomplishments as a means to avoid their negative emotions.
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NorthPoint’s work addiction program is a specialized treatment approach based on the most current information compiled by leaders in the fields of work addiction. We look underneath the symptoms of work addiction and treat the real core issues of self-esteem, moderation, reality, dependence and boundaries.
Recovery is experienced in a safe, confidential and healing environment for work addiction treatment. A Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist* (CMAT) will help each client look at the core issues that caused the addiction to heal the underlying cause of the addiction.
*A Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist (CMAT) and/or a therapist who may be in the certification process.