Before assuming that you or your child has ADHD here’s what you should know.
While you may be worried that your forgetfulness or constant daydreaming could actually be the result of attentive deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or that your child’s disruptive, fidgety behavior could also be a warning sign, remember that a lot of these behaviors are also normal; they don’t necessarily mean that you or your child has ADHD. However, our psychiatrist, Dr. Nikhil Vora, is happy to provide ADHD evaluations for children, teens, and adults living in and around Flint, MI, whose symptoms are greatly impacting their lives.
Even though there are classic symptoms that our psychiatrist will look for when performing an ADHD evaluation, she also recognizes that this disorder looks different for everyone. It’s important to be as upfront and open about the symptoms and issues you or your child is having.
The three classic symptoms associated with ADHD are:
All ADHD evaluations are performed right here at our Flint, MI, practice by our licensed psychiatrist. Before making an accurate diagnosis, Dr. Vora will need to consider these factors:
The onset of the symptoms: When did you first notice these symptoms occurring either in yourself or your child? We will also need to know how long these symptoms have been going on. In order to be able to diagnose ADHD, we need to know that these symptoms have been occurring for at least six months.
The severity of these symptoms: In order to be diagnosed with ADHD, our psychiatrist needs to be able to see that these symptoms are negatively impacting you or your child’s life, leading to serious professional, familial, and personal setbacks. Does your child not complete homework? Are teachers complaining that they don’t listen? Is your boss often on your case about incomplete or overdue projects?
When symptoms appear: Our psychiatrist also needs to see that your symptoms are impacting more than one of your environments. This includes everything from an interpersonal relationship and work, to school and home life. If symptoms only seem to appear when at work or at school, then chances are good that ADHD is not the culprit.
If you or your child is displaying symptoms of ADHD and it’s interfering with nearly all facets of life, then it may be time to schedule an ADHD evaluation with our psychiatrist. Call Independent Behavioral Health Group in Flint, MI, today at (810) 733-5735.
Conflict within a family can make its individual members feel stuck and hopeless. However, today's marriage and family therapists provide real solutions which ease people through difficult situations, allowing them to cope and feel hopeful and encouraged. At Independent Behavioral Health Group in Flint, MI, Dr. Nikhil Vora and his team of therapists meet with families to improve the journey through crises and ongoing problems. Read below to learn how they can help you and yours, too.
What a family therapist can do for you
Say, for instance, a family member has a mental health issue such as bipolar disorder. The individual refuses to get or to comply fully with treatment, and his or her behaviors impact household function on a daily basis. Communication is absent or laden with conflict, and some family members believe the mental illness is not real or should not disrupt life as much as it does.
This is where our Flint office can help. Our family therapists are trained to understand emotional and mental health disorders and to give people real coping strategies. These highly successful interventions are limited in scope (six to twelve sessions) and focus on tangible solutions which:
- Improve communication between family members
- Resolve or lessen conflicts
- Reduce stress
- Avoid crises
- Show specific steps to a desired goal
- Help family members cope and have better day-to-day functionality even when a mentally ill or addicted family member does not seek treatment
The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy maintains that this approach to therapy is often more effective than individual therapy as it addresses the needs and concerns of the entire family unit. It helps families experiencing:
- Drug addiction
- Bipolar disorder
What therapy sessions look like
Typically, families come in for an initial evaluation with one of our trained therapists. Therapists may do some psychological testing (such as a personality profile). He or she will speak with the family as a group and to each individual separately to understand the areas of conflict and concern.
Plus, the therapist outlines rules for each one-hour session (one person speaks at a time, for instance) and how many sessions may be anticipated. Normally, family therapy is short-term. Also, family members may come in and out of therapy as needed.
As therapy continues, families work toward communicating honestly and respectfully. Participants receive some "homework." These are focused tasks which facilitate movement toward desired goals, such as an adult child living independently.
At Independent Behavioral Health Group in Flint, MI, Dr. Vora and his staff desire optimal well-being for each member of the families they see. If your family needs help in coping with a difficult situation, don't wait—call us today for an initial consultation: (810) 733-5735.
Many kids and teens have problems that affect how they feel, behave, or learn. Child and adolescent therapy is a type of treatment for these problems. It helps children cope better, communicate better, and do better. It helps children and families understand and resolve problems, modify harmful behaviors, and make positive changes in their lives. Independent Behavioral Health Group, which is located in Flint, MI, provides child and adolescent therapy services. Here are five signs your child could benefit from therapy.
1. Behavior that interferes with school– Therapists are trained to help with all kinds of problems. For example, they help children and teens going through tough times like school problems and bullying. Difficulty staying on task, getting into fights, and getting sent out of class are all potential warning signs. If you don't intervene, your child's behavior can become an entrenched habit.
2. Taking risks without thinking- Some kids and teens have a hard time controlling their actions. Sometimes, they take risks without thinking. Teenagers take more risks than any other age groups. This risk-taking includes drug use, dangerous driving, binge drinking, and risky sexual behavior. A therapist can create a plan to manage your child's negative behaviors.
3. Difficulty managing impulses – Impulsivity is defined as "actions without foresight”. Hitting, jumping on furniture, or running in a convenience store are common impulse control problems. Impulse control develops slowly over time. Children and teens who become aggressive after they begin school or yell at their teacher need help developing better skills. If your child exhibits impulsive behavior, therapy can help reduce impulsivity.
4. Difficulty controlling emotions- It's normal for children and teens to have occasional emotional outbursts. Daily emotional outbursts are a sign of a behavior problem. Older children should be able to cope with negative feelings in an appropriate manner. If your child's anger is out of control and affecting how they interact with others, they may need professional help. Child and adolescent therapy is a way to get help for your child.
5. Problems related to social interaction- Some children find social situations difficult. Other kids appear to know, intuitively, how to communicate and interact with people. It's normal for kids and teenagers to have spats with peers, but if your child's behaviors prevent him or her from having friends, that's a problem. A few tantrums, arguments, and yelling once in a while is normal. But if these behaviors occur on a regular basis, then they are a cause for concern.
If your child needs therapy, why wait? We can help you today! Call Independent Behavioral Health Group at 810-733-5735 today to schedule a consultation in Flint, MI. We help children make tremendous changes in their lives. We want all our patients to live the best life possible!
We all go through moments in our lives that can be challenging, from losing a job to going through a divorce. Even positive moments such as having a baby can be stressful at times. During these tough times, you may be looking for a Flint, MI, therapist you can trust. Our psychiatrist, Dr. Nikhil Vora, and our clinical social workers, JoAnne Ingram and Karen Vedrody, are here to help.
Here at Independent Behavioral Health Group, you aren’t just another number. We take great pride in providing each and every one of our patient’s with the support, guidance, and confidence they need. The rapport and relationship you establish with your therapist is an important one. We want you to feel like you have a safe spaceus.
Who can benefit from therapy?
Well, most people can, actually. After all, therapy is a valuable tool to help you better handle certain emotions and feeling while solving problems in your life and growing mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually. We won’t just talk about your problems; our Flint counselors will help you come up with solutions.
Therapy is a great way to:
- Help you cope with negative feelings
- Better handle daily stressors
- Understand your own mental health
- Cope with and move past traumas
- Provide you with coping strategies during times of crisis
- Get rid of negative behaviors such as drinking or using drugs
- Create healthier relationships with family and friends
There are many mental health disorders that can benefit from regular therapy, including:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Bipolar Disorders
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD)
- Eating Disorders
- Substance Abuse
We have a psychiatrist and licensed clinical social workers that are ready to provide the counseling you or a loved one needs. From marriage and family therapy to psychiatric evaluations and individual counseling, we offer it all.
Here at Independent Behavioral Health Group, we want you to know that you are not alone when it comes to the issues you face. We are ready to help you face those issues head on so that you can lead a life that’s fulfilling and supports positive mental wellbeing. Call our Flint, MI, office today and schedule your intake session with us.
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