Mental Health Counseling & Therapy
Unraveling Mental Health Myths…
Mental Health Myth #1: Mental Health Disorders are caused by personal defects
Counseling for families of individuals struggling with mental illness can help with a number of complex and difficult issues, including the stale stigma that persists around mental illness. If you or a loved one suffers from a mental health challenge, you’re probably no stranger to stigmatization.
Although studies show that millennials are less likely to regard mental health challenges as a personal defect, outdated ideas about brain health and mental illness persist.
Which Psychological Complaints Are Labeled As “Mental Health Disorders”?
Most psychological complaints share features with diagnosable mental health disorders. For the crossover to become official, the complaint must cause serious impairment to your everyday functioning.
Some of the most common mental health disorders include: Anxiety, Depression, Sleep Disorders, Eating Disorders, Substance Abuse, Addiction, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
We see these disorders so often in our practice that we’ve devoted a full page to each topic on our website.
Our dedicated team of mental health specialists also addresses the following conditions:
- Bipolar Disorder: A mood disturbance characterized by alternating episodes of mania (increased activity and decreased need for sleep; rushing thoughts; feelings of invincibility or delusions of grandeur; reckless behavior, etc.) and depression (the inverse of mania: decreased activity and increased need for sleep; sluggish thoughts; feelings of worthlessness or suicidal ideation, etc.)
- Borderline Personality Disorder: A severe personality disorder characterized by an overpowering fear of abandonment; volatile or destructive relationships; black and white thinking; risky, attention-seeking, or manipulative behaviors; suicidal thoughts; and intense, unpredictable rage or chronic paranoia
- Schizophrenia: A psychotic disorder characterized by auditory and visual hallucinations; delusional or paranoid beliefs; disoriented thoughts and disorganized speech; or catatonia (repetitive/agitated movements; or episodes of abnormal/prolonged immobility)
Mental Health Myth #2: Mental Health Disorders (in general) and Schizophrenia (in particular) are characterized by violent behavior.
People have a tendency to fear what they do not understand. And they tend to cling to media images when they have no other information. One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest, Rain Man, Girl Interrupted – these are a few of the films portraying mental illness and mental illness treatment in popular media. Are they accurate? Um, not really. Most people struggling with mental illness are just like you and me.
Can Mental Health Counseling Help Me?
Mental Health Myth #3: People with mental health issues can use their willpower to snap out of it on their own.
The brain is an organ, just like the heart or the pancreas. Any organ can malfunction. The difference is that with brain dysfunction, personality and behavior change, which can be frightening and confusing — to the mentally ill individual and to the family. Uncertainty can lead to chronic anxiety and depression for family members as they struggle to help their loved one through an often impossible maze of diagnoses and treatment options.
Don’t be a hero. Seek help for yourself and your family when someone you love struggles with mental illness. Our experts can help you navigate these perilous waters!
Meet our counselors that specialize in these issues
- Christopher “Chris” JonesLPC, LPC supervisorDallas & Fort WorthSpecialties: Abuse Recovery, ADHD, Adolescents, Adulting, Anxiety Disorders, Borderline Personality, Complex Trauma Recovery, Conduct Discorder, Conduct Disorder, Depression, EMDR, Failure to Launch, Men's Issues, Narcissism, Oppositional Defiance, Parenting, PTSD Recovery, Quarter-Life Issues, Trauma & Abuse Recovery, Young Adults in Transition
- Courtney CallawayLPCDallas & Fort WorthSpecialties: ADHD, Adolescents, Adulting, Anxiety Disorders, Bullying, Child Counseling, Child or Play Therapy, Cutting, Depression, EMDR, Grief & Loss, Self Harm, Stress Management, Suicidal Thoughts, Trauma & Abuse Recovery, Tweens & Teens, Yoga Therapy
- Adriana SpeikerLPC, RYT 200, PYT 200Dallas & Fort WorthSpecialties: Addiction & Substance Abuse, Anxiety Disorders, Behavioral Addictions, Depression, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Eating Disorders, EMDR, Mindfulness Training, Psychotherapeutic Yoga, PTSD Recovery, Stress Management, Trauma & Abuse Recovery, Veterans & Military, Yoga Therapy
- Sweta AhujaLPCDallas & Fort WorthSpecialties: Addiction & Substance Abuse, Adulting, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Biracial Couples, Borderline Personality, Codependency Issues, Couples Counseling, Cross-Cultural Relationships, Depression, EMDR, Families & Mental Illness, Men's Issues, Multi-Cultural Issues, Quarter-Life Issues, Relationship Issues, Schizophrenia, Women's Issues, Young Adults in Transition
- Alana McCrawMasters Level Intern, INHCFort WorthSpecialties: Adolescents, Anorexia, Anxiety Disorders, Binge Eating, Body Image, Bullimia, Depression, Eating Disorders, Exercise Addiction, Extreme Dieting, Food Addiction, Kids, Teens & Tweens, Mindfulness Training, Stress Management, Tweens & Teens
- Misty DiazLife CoachSpecialties: Addiction & Substance Abuse, Bipolar Disorder, career counseling, Family Issues, LGBTQ & Gender Issues, Marriage & Gender, Mental Health Issues, Self Harm, Sexual Identity, Trauma & Abuse Recovery