Frequently Asked Questions
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Here at HPA/LiveWell, we find that our new patients and their families have many questions surrounding mental health disorders – and how we treat those disorders. We have answered some of the most common questions here.
Plus, we encourage you to peruse this website, so you can gain a more in-depth understanding of the specific mental illness that you or a family member may be struggling to overcome. Remember, you are not alone – and we’re here to help. We’re located in Albany, New York. If you live in the Capital District, please call and ask to speak with a case manager. And please don’t wait.
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What is an eating disorder?
Eating disorders include a range of conditions characterized by unhealthy and even life-threatening obsessions related to food, physical appearance and weight. Often developed as a mechanism for coping and gaining control, they are characterized by extreme disturbances in eating behavior.
What is anorexia?
Anorexia is a life-threatening, self-imposed starvation in which people continually deny both hunger and food.
What is bulimia?
Bulimia involves ridding the body of food immediately after consuming large, uncontrollable portions.
What is binge eating?
Binge eating sufferers frequently consume abnormally large amounts of food, whether they are hungry or not.
What is an anxiety disorder?
An anxiety disorder is an excessive and difficult-to-control reaction to stress. The types of anxiety disorders are wide ranging. They include generalized anxiety disorder, ADHD, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety disorder and specific phobias.
What are depression and mood disorders?
There are a number of mood disorders and depression that cause a pervasive disturbance in mood. These include major depression, bipolar disorder, dysthymia and substance-induced mood disorder.
Can exercise help my mood disorder?
Yes. In some cases, regular exercise can be helpful for depression. It reduces stress and can help you sleep more restfully so you’ll feel more energetic. Studies also show that exercise is a good treatment for adolescents suffering from depression, as an alternative to medication.
How important is nutrition to my mood disorder?
A healthy diet is always vital for your physical and mental health. You should eat small, nutritionally rich meals throughout the day to maintain your energy levels and stabilize mood swings.
Will lack of sleep worsen my mood disorder?
If your sleep pattern is disrupted, this can exacerbate your symptoms of depression. If you’re not getting enough sleep, it can increase feelings of anxiety, irritability, sadness and fatigue.
What is ADHD?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common behavioral disorders in children. ADHD affects around 10% of children and about 4% of adults. Boys are more likely to suffer from ADHD than girls, but it can affect every age and socio-economic background. In children with ADHD, the brain matures in a normal way but the development is delayed about 3 years. In children with ADHD, the maturation of the cortex − the outermost layer of the brain – is also delayed.
What are impulse control disorders?
People suffering from impulse control disorders are unable to resist the urge to perform acts that may be harmful to themselves or others. Performing these impulsive acts provides immediate gratification. Most people with an impulse control disorder feel distressed because they have lost control over their lives. These disorders include pyromania, trichotillomania, intermittent explosive disorder and kleptomania.
What is multicultural counseling?
Multicultural counseling takes into account how the cultural background of both the therapist and the patient impacts the patient’s psychological condition. Multicultural therapists understand how different cultures can influence the patient’s psychological concerns.
What is outpatient treatment?
While inpatient treatment takes place in a hospital or care facility, outpatient services range from once weekly psychotherapy and nutrition management to intensive outpatient treatment and partial hospitalization. Some patients may be required to come for treatment several hours a day, several days a week. At HPA/LiveWell, our initial patient assessment helps us determine which outpatient services each patient requires.
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