My Concerns

MY CONCERNS

Your emotional and physical health, social life, and spiritual well-being are key aspects of functioning well, feeling good, and being satisfied with your life. These factors affect your ability to manage challenges — and to enjoy yourself.

You may have concerns about what you are feeling or how well you are functioning. Perhaps you are having difficulty with relationships at home or at work. Or you may be wondering whether you are experiencing anxiety, depression, ADHD or another condition.

Dr. Kopolow created a series of online self-assessments (or you can download and print them) to help you learn more about a variety of concerns. They are anonymous, and can show you whether your answers are similar to those of people who have the same concern.

You know that worrying this much is not good for you or someone you care about. Worry and anxiety are interfering with the ability to enjoy life. Your attempts to distract yourself from the tension or to self medicate to stop the symptoms are not successful.
You know that what you or someone you care about feels is more than sadness. Depression affects your physical well being and, over time, compromises your health. It is a disease that impacts those who care about you and, if left untreated, can severely stress relationships.
No matter what your hopes and dreams for your marriage, at times you or your partner will have feeling that could surprise you, possibly disappoint you, and even concern you. Feeling insecure, unloved, not understood, or believing that a significant issue is not resolved are signs that your relationship could be troubled. Situations such as blending a step-family, recovering from infidelity or suspecting an extra-marital affair, recovering from substance abuse, conflicts about parenting put the family at risk. Pre-marital counseling to anticipating the challenges in a marriage prepares the two of you to act wisely when issues come up after you are married. A couples and family therapist can help.  
Life is difficult. We all have stress in our lives. Sometimes managing stress can be an insurmountable problem. It can lead to anxiety and poor health and can adversely impact work and personal relationships.  
Do you have trouble sleeping through the night? Is falling asleep difficult for you? Do you wake up more tired than when you went to bed? If your answer to these questions is “yes,” you may be suffering from insomnia. Disturbed sleep, insomnia, and fatigue are common problems facing people today. Sleep deprivation puts you at risk for depression or anxiety. It can also lead to a weakened immune system which makes you vulnerable to physical illness.
Being easily distracted, having trouble keeping appointments, and having difficulty starting or completing tasks is burdensome for you and those impacted by your problems with attention. These could be symptoms of Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
For most people, anger is a normal emotional response to threatening or frustrating events, or another person’s actions or words. When anger is expressed inappropriately, however, it may endanger your relationships, your job, and even your health. And you may have an anger management problem. The challenge is not to deny or suppress anger but learn to recognize its warning signs, learn to calm down, and learn to deal with the situation in a positive way. If you think managing your anger is a challenge and wonder if it could be a problem, you can learn more about yourself by taking a self-assessment inventory.

Learn more about Anger Management

Take an online self-assessment for Anger Management

Print out a self-assessment for Anger Management 

We know that, eventually, smoking will probably make you sick. Smoking is addictive. Smoking cessation is accompanied by physical symptoms and emotional stress. To stop smoking forever requires a strategy that meets your individual physical, behavioral, and emotional needs. Learn more about an effective smoking cessation treatment program.
The symptoms of PreMenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) are more severe than PMS. Symptoms include depression and irritability and physiological concerns such as fatigue, pain, and over eating.  It is fortunate that there are medications that successfully manage PMDD symptoms.  Learn more about Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. Take an online PMDD self-assessment inventory. Print out a PMDD self-assessment inventory.
Social Anxiety is characterized by fear and discomfort when in a social setting. Most people who have social anxiety are unaware and simply believe that they prefer to be alone and do not like to associate with people in the work place unless they must. Learn more about Social Anxiety. Take an online Social Anxiety inventory Take a Social Anxiety self-assessment inventory.
When using alcohol or other mood altering substances causes trouble in your life, you have a problem. When occasional or rare use of these substances causes trouble, you have a problem. It is common to use substances to sooth or calm oneself. Often it works for a while. It is common to minimize the impact of alcohol or drugs on your work or personal relationships, your health, or your sleep. And at some point it always takes its toll. Learn more about the use and abuse of drugs and alchohol. Take a self-assessment inventory about you and mood altering substances.
Binge-Eating Disorder(B.E.D.) is not just over-eating. A large portion of the American population eats excessively or unhealthily. Binge-Eating Disorder(B.E.D.) is much more than this. The American Psychiatric Association defines B.E.D. as a condition where an individual has one or more binge episodes per week for a three or more month period.

Let us help you address your concerns.  

Call Potomac Grove Psychiatry today for an appointment: 301-963-0060.