What is an Accountable Care Organization?

After the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare world began hearing a lot of discussion about Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). These entities are networks of hospitals, doctors and other health care providers that take on not only the medical responsibility for a group of patients, but financial responsibility as well. The overall idea…

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What is an Eating Disorder?

Eating Disorders are serious conditions that include persistent eating behaviors that negatively impact physical and mental health. They include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge-Eating Disorder. The focus of most eating disorders is on weight and body image, and secondly eating and exercising behaviors that control weight. If severe enough, they can cause significant damage…

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What is Substance Abuse?

Substance Abuse is a broad category of diagnosis that involve addiction and excessive use of a drug; including, alcohol, narcotics, opioids, marijuana, or a combination of many. Addiction or dependence are the most common terms used to describe substance abuse and are defined as a chronic, persistent, compulsive use of a substance to alter mood…

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What is Self-Injury?

Self-Injury is the act of purposely causing harm to one’s own body in order to cope with emotional pain, anger, or frustration. It is not typically associated with suicidal thoughts or attempts. The injury brings a temporary relief of the emotional pain; however, it is often followed by guilt or shame and a return of…

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What is Separation Anxiety?

Separation Anxiety is defined by the DSM as developmentally inappropriate and excessive anxiety concerning separation from home or from those to whom the individual is attached. In children and adolescents it must be present for at least four weeks and in adults at least six months. This anxiety is considered excessive and inappropriate to the…

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What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is an anxiety disorder that is triggered by exposure to a traumatic event that meets certain criteria such as exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violation resulting from either direct experience of the traumatic event, witnessing the traumatic event in person, learning of a traumatic event…

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What is a Phobia?

A phobia is an overwhelming and unreasonable fear of an object or situation that poses little real danger but provokes anxiety and avoidance. Phobias are not temporary or a short lived, but rather a long term fear of a specific trigger. These fears impact a person’s daily life and ability to function or face certain…

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What is Panic Disorder?

Panic Disorder is characterized as recurrent panic attacks which are sudden intense episodes of fear which triggers physiological reactions without a clearly identifiable cause. Panic attacks are generally very frightening and cause significant distress. A panic attack can cause the feeling of losing control or having a heart attack or even dying. They frequently cause…

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Grief & Bereavement Counseling

What is Grief? Grief is the emotional reaction to a significant loss. Bereavement refers to the typical period of mourning and grief after a loss. Grieving is the act of experiencing grief. There are many things that can cause grief, not just a death; including, loss of a relationship, traumatic events, loss of support, etc.…

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What is ODD?

In children and adolescents, ODD is a pattern of angry and irritable mood, argumentative and defiant behavior, and possibly vindictiveness beyond what is considered typical and that is present for a minimum of six months. Aggressive and destructive behavior is not present, but rather a disregard for rules and an intentional power struggle when structure…

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