Alabama Psychiatry exists to help our communities address their mental health needs. This includes a wide variety of mental health needs including, but not limited to, the diagnoses listed bellow. If you find yourself or a loved one experiencing any of these problems, please reach out to make an appointment today.
Depression is more than just feeling sad. It can be caused by a variety of things, and looks different in each individual. Depression symptoms include sleep disruptions, changes in appetite, lack of concentration, lack of energy, little motivation, loss of interest, irritability, hopelessness, and helplessness. These symptoms affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities. Depression can be brought on by trauma, life circumstances, genetics, changes in the brain, or medical conditions.
If any of these symptoms and circumstances apply to you, please let us help you navigate this life altering diagnosis to find the treatment that works best for you.
Having a baby is a wonderful miracle. This miraculous event can come with many challenges, including challenges and changes within the mother's body and mind. Some times those challenges and changes are overwhelming and paralyzing. You might feel unconnected to your baby, as if you are not the baby’s mother, or you might not love or care for the baby. These feelings can be mild to severe. If you are feeling this way you are not alone, and there is help available. Postpartum depression is a serious mental illness that involves the brain and affects your behavior and physical health. Mothers can also experience anxiety disorders during or after pregnancy. Alabama Psychiatry wants to support you and help you through this difficult time.
Grief is the process and emotions that we experience when our important relationships are significantly interrupted or (more frequently) ended, either through death, divorce, relocation, theft, destruction, or some similar process. The life changing loss can leave you at a standstill, unsure of how to move forward. It is normal to need help in the grieving process, and there is no one certain way grieve. If you find yourself experiencing grief we would be honored to help you through this difficult time in your life.
Periodic anxiety is an expected and normal part of life. Most people experience anxiety before a test, when facing a problem, or if he or she is having medical issues. However, if you are experiencing excessive anxiety on a regular basis (almost daily), and the anxiety is provoked by everyday happenings, you will want to seek treatment. Symptoms of anxiety disorders are feeling restless, fatigue, irritability, difficulty sleeping, difficulty concentrating, and difficulty controlling feelings and thoughts of worry. These symptoms cause disruptions to everyday life and are difficult to control. There are different types of anxiety disorders: panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and phobias are some specific anxiety disorders people experience.
If this describes yourself or someone you love, please allow us to help you. Our goal is to minimize your anxiety so that everyday life is as enjoyable and manageable as possible!
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault. PTSD has been known by many names in the past, such as “shell shock” during the years of World War I and “combat fatigue” after World War II. But PTSD does not just happen to combat veterans. PTSD can occur in all people, in people of any ethnicity, nationality or culture, and any age. Symptoms of PTSD include intrusive memories (in the form of dreams, distressing memories, flashbacks), avoidance (of reminders of the trauma), negative changes in thinking and mood (depression, hopelessness, difficulty concentrating, difficulty maintaining close relationships), and changes in physical reactions (being easily startled, self-destructive behavior, and being on guard).
The most common treatment for PTSD is Cognitive Processing Therapy. Our trained therapists are ready to help you or your loved one take steps towards healing.
Adjustment disorder is a group of symptoms, such as stress, feeling sad or hopeless, anxiety and physical symptoms that can occur after you go through a stressful life event. The symptoms occur because you are having a hard time coping. Your reaction is stronger than expected for the type of event that occurred. You might find yourself needing some extra support as you navigate the difficult emotions during this stressful time, and that's okay! Life is hard some times, and at Alabama Psychiatry, we believe that our support can help you manage these difficult situations in an emotionally healthy way.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity. People with ADHD might find it difficult to focus. They might also be unorganized, fidgety, and often interrupt others. These symptoms cause interference with functioning or development, particularly at work and school. A combination of therapy and medication management is the preferred treatment. Our team is ready to help you tackle this problem to help you feel more confident and effective as you go about your daily life.
Psychotic disorders are a group of serious illnesses that affect the mind. They make it hard for someone to think clearly, make good judgments, respond emotionally, communicate effectively, understand reality, and behave appropriately. When symptoms are severe, people with psychotic disorders have trouble staying in touch with reality and often are unable to handle daily life. But even severe psychotic disorders usually can be treated.
Addiction can happen to anyone. Often times substances (alcohol, drugs, etc) are used to be able to cope with what life throws at you. Sometimes physical pain is so overwhelming that turning to substances seems to be the only way to find relief. No matter your circumstances we want to help break the addiction cycle. We are ready and waiting to provide you with the compassion and expertise needed to treat your addiction.
Addiction is a condition in which a person engages in the use of a substance or in a behavior for which the rewarding effects provide a compelling incentive to repeatedly pursue the behavior despite detrimental consequences. Addiction may involve the use of substances such as alcohol, inhalants, opioids, cocaine, nicotine, and others, or behaviors such as gambling.
Personality is the way of thinking, feeling and behaving that makes a person different from other people. An individual’s personality is influenced by experiences, environment (surroundings, life situations) and inherited characteristics. A person’s personality typically stays the same over time. A personality disorder is a way of thinking, feeling and behaving that deviates from the expectations of the culture, causes distress or problems functioning, and lasts over time