Behavioral Issues


Behavioral Issues in Lexington, Richmond & Frankfort KY

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Does your child sometimes make poor choices, get into trouble at home or school, or sometimes display oppositional behavior with adults? If your child or the child of a loved one experiences excessive acting out behaviors, seeking professional help may be the answer. As an adult, behavioral issues may present in the form of unlawful acts, addiction, unhealthy relationships, aggression, or defiance at work or at home.

Behavioral Disorders Signs and Symptoms

There are many behavioral disorders for children or adults. The website http://psychcentral.com/disorders/ provides a list of recognized mental health disorders. Some of these behaviors may include constant confrontation with others, often breaking the rules, drug use, defiance, tantrum-like behavior, criminal activity, poor peer relationships, etc. Examples of the more common types of disorders that may explain behavioral issues include the following:

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The part of the brain called Executive Functioning influences decision making, ability to pay attention, avoiding or doing the right or wrong thing, remembering details, and even forgetting social norms. Executive Functioning can be weakened by a mental health disorder like ADHD, depression, or brain or head trauma. The good news is that even though it can be weakened, it can also be strengthened. Go to http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/guide/executive-function for more details on Executive Functioning. The following video demonstrates strategies to improve executive functioning and improve social interactions with others http://wn.com/executive_functioning.

Treatment and Support

There are many treatment options that can help support families and individuals facing behavioral problems. Family or group therapy may be the best treatment approach. Parent training is also a highly effective treatment intervention when facing behavioral issues of children. Specific treatments such as Behavioral Modification strategies, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, co-parenting strategies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Social Thinking, and medication management are available that will work best to address behavioral issues. Individual therapy is also a highly effective treatment approach that is effective for both children and adults.

A Licensed Professional Counselor (LPCC), a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), or a Psychologist are all trained mental health professionals that provide counseling to both children and adults who are experiencing behavioral issues. You would work with your therapist on establishing a treatment plan that works best for you.

Ways to Get Help

If you or a loved one are experiencing behavioral issues that is affecting your home, school, or work, then there is help for you. Working alongside a qualified mental health professional can help decrease many symptoms and behaviors that are associated with behavioral issues.

Seeking treatment for Behavioral Issues is easy. Select a professional, we recommend a psychologist, LPCC or LCSW first to have an assessment performed. Individual or Group Therapy may be what will make the difference! Many therapists on our team are trained to address the complexities of behavioral issues and have many resources to utilize for treatment. If you need help, call us at 859-338-0466 or contact us today!
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By Paul Dalton 05 Feb, 2016
So you live in Kentucky and only a few more weeks until spring. Everyone should be happy and feel better about that, right? I think most of us get a sense of relief and hope, and that cognitive energy to bust out of the winter season and get moving. For some, the spring can be a rough time. Depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, and relationship issues prevent the spring season from being all that it could be. Following are some reasons that these and other conditions may worsen in the spring, a few resources for you, and some concrete strategies you can implement to help yourself. 

So why do people struggle some in the spring when it should be all flowers and sunshine? 

1. Sleep
Many times the spring season causes a change in our circadian rhythm . The sun wakes you up in the am, it is difficult to keep a routine, and restlessness all contribute to the sleep problem. Our eating in the winter and spring can affect how much we sleep. Caffeine, napping, undereating, and how much we are moving, all contribute to how much we sleep. Spring likely has an effect on melatonin in the body, which aids in sleep. 

Strategies that help are EXERCISE and EATING RIGHT! If you keep moving with the help of  a tool like a Fitbit or utilize regular exercise of 45 minutes or more 4-5 times per week, you are far less likely to have sleep problems. Exercise helps you sleep. Exercise helps you eat better. Eating and sleeping adequately can reduce your stress and fight any symptoms you may have. Eating healthy keeps your mind, body, and spirit in a positive place. When your body is well, your mind has a great chance of being well too. Sounds too simple? Give it a try!

The sleep foundation can help here :  Sleep Foundation Healthy Sleep Tips
Eating Right For Spring
Here is a good link to read on symptoms getting worse in the spring: Spring Makes Symptoms Worse

2. Spring Fever is Real
Our office has existed for over 15 years now. I can tell you that March to May is our busiest time of the year, always. Bipolar disorder, marital infidelity, depression, and anxiety are the main reasons people call us in the spring. The real causes of spring fever include longer days that produce more sunshine and increased energy, changes in hormone production, sleep cycles, nutrition and diet changes, body needs, and possibly, a lack of self care. When we bust of out winter here in Kentucky we sometimes forget that it takes a little time to get our minds and bodies in shape for yard work, spring cleaning, and for many, an increased workload all the way around. Here are some links to let you know spring fever is real. 

Spring Fever
WEB MD-You Give Me Spring Fever
Wiki Spring Fever
Spring Time Bad for Depression

3. Expectations Are High

Sometimes in spring we have been thinking about all the things we should of, could of, would of done if we had lived in San Diego or Florida during our winter days. The reality of being human can set in when we find out that spring has sprung, it is time to get moving, and we don't have the energy or drive to complete our list of high expectations. Many people are disappointed in themselves and these outcomes. Don't worry about it. 

Strategies you can use include setting small attainable goals you can feel good about. Work on your list a little at a time. Make goals that regular people can reach with time built in for you to EXERCISE AND SLEEP. Do a mix of things that you enjoy and are healthy for you while completing your responsibilities. If you deny yourself from pleasure too long, that strategy is likely to backfire. Have a good balanced approach. Use a checklist that has 3 sections. One section is for today. One section is for the week. Reserve one part of the list for things your are really wanting to do. Put a vacation or planned fun activities on a calendar. Look up things you might want to do during that time online. Planning, thinking and dreaming are fine. They keep us hopeful. 

Tiny Buddha Expectations and Disappointment
Expectations at The Silent Blog
Three Ways Expectations Can Hurt You

4. Allergies

If you live in Kentucky, you know about allergies. Kentucky is known to be one of the worst states when it comes to spring and fall allergies.  Louisville is ranked as one of the worst cities in the entire country to live in due to allergies.   Many times people are unaware they are being affected. Sometimes the symptoms are less obvious than a runny nose, cough, and cold like symptoms. Many times people are lethargic, grouchy, have headaches, and have cognitive deficits. The allergic affect we have in Kentucky can quickly turn into a sinus infection, bronchitis, ear infections, and other maladies that make us mentally and physically drained. That flower below can cause us some issues! 

Get to a doctor. Take a seasonal allergy medication. Some are mild, like Allegra (please get your physician's approval before taking allergy medications) and can be taken everyday. Prescription nose sprays may help, but may also have some cognitive or mood altering side effects. Be careful, but don't suffer! Get help from an allergist if you need it. 

Allergy Resources
Pollen Map
How to Beat Spring Allergies by WEB MD
By creekmoremarketing 21 Sep, 2015

Welcome to our website!

Therapy is a great choice. It works, and I hope you make a commitment today to start. Most people find the idea of attending therapy with a therapist or counselor far more scary than the actual process itself. Here is a link that describes how the process works at our locations.

Our therapists are located in Lexington, Frankfort and Richmond, KY. See individual profiles of our therapy providers here . I hire our professionals personally and attempt to provide you with someone that will care about your outcome and treat you well. These are experts at counseling and therapy and provide services you will want to tell others about.

Our clinicians care, and you will know they are different in that respect. Providing therapy in Central Kentucky is much more than a job to our therapists. It is a profession, and a way of life.

Please let us help you today!   Contact us here   or at 859.338.0466 now.

Sincerely,

Paul D. Dalton, MS, LPCC, CADC

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What is therapy?

Therapy is more long-term than counseling and focuses on a broader range of issues. The underlying principle is that a person's patterns of thinking and unconscious awareness affect the way that person interacts with the world. The goal is to uncover those patterns and become aware of their effect and then learn new, healthier ways to think and interact.
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