CBT programs, like the one we are opening soon at IPMG, has been developed specifically for adults with ADHD. Some of these programs including ours, has the goal to help adults overcome their difficulties in everyday executive functions or simply put – “tasks.” Skills in the ADHD CBT Program help individuals effectively manage their time, stay organized and plan their short term and the long term tasks. The program (as with other programs available) will also focus on emotional self-regulation, impulse control and stress management which is also helpful for many struggling with ADHD as an adult.
Studies have shown that adults with ADHD are more likely than adults in the general population to suffer from co-existing anxiety and depressive disorders. A large national study found 51% of adults with ADHD suffered from co-morbid anxiety and 32% suffered from co-morbid depression. CBT for these disorders may be quite helpful to many adults with ADHD, even though they are not designed specifically to address the symptoms and impairment associated with ADHD. Inland Psychiatric Medical Group has Individual and Group Therapy for Anxiety symptoms AND Depressive symptoms.
Our Online Virtual Classroom like Setting will help address executive dysfunction by improving adaptive cognition. This means helping individuals on how to go about planning, organizing, etc. and also advise on effective behavioral skills.
An example of an adaptive cognition is helping an individual to use the following skill on their own daily if needed: break down complex or unpleasant tasks into manageable parts.
Examples of behavioral skills are using a planner regularly and implementing a filing system.
Positive thoughts and positive behaviors reinforce each other; our brain and emotions are heavily tied to each other whether we like it or not. Our CBT Program utilizes this deep connection to help improve our clients lives in work, at home, and with relationships. For example, the skills helps individuals become more effective in managing time, which in turn helps them have more positive beliefs and cognitions about their self, and these in turn help to generate and maintain more adaptive behaviors.
Our CBT Group Therapy Programs are almost always covered by insurance and some insurances do not have a co-insurance or co-pay for these sessions. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for more information and for our team to offer a courtesy Insurance Benefits Verification to help you avoid surprise medical/therapy bills.
A host of mental conditions may be triggered or exacerbated by childbirth. Both before and after the birth of their child, new parents have a lot on their minds. Anxious minds will become obsessed with worries about the family budget, nursery rooms, breastfeeding, sleep patterns, vaccination schedules, and family safety. It's not unusual for mothers to feel a range of emotions after the birth of their child. The postpartum phase has long been recognized as a time when mood and anxiety problems are more likely to appear, intensify, or recur. In reality, certain anxiety is adaptive in terms of safeguarding the baby from injury. This anxiety is usually just temporary, and it does not affect everyday functioning or a mother's capacity to care for her child. Other women, on the other hand, have more
severe signs of postpartum OCD, which may be debilitating and interfere with everyday life. Such OCD signs can start right after a baby is born, or they can take up to a year to appear after a woman has given birth. Around 2% to 3% of all mothers suffer from postpartum OCD. A mother with postpartum OCD, like any other form of OCD, deals with repeated distracting thoughts for which she thinks she has no control. Obsessions of postpartum OCD, on the other hand, are typically based on causing damage to her infant. A mother may obsess about her baby being injured, or she may be afraid of hurting her baby herself. If you had no symptoms of OCD prior to the birth of the child and your symptoms appeared just after 2-3 weeks of child birth, you are not alone mama.
While certain fears are typical during pregnancy, postpartum OCD happens when certain fears and compulsions take over your life or you feel that your emotions are controlling you. Some OCD moms, for example, have problems sleeping at night, even though their infant is sleeping, so they are continually checking to see if the baby is still alive.
OCD may also take the form of compulsive activities that the mother feels would help her child, such as praying continuously and finding reassurance from someone or a psychiatrist. Finally, some mothers may be afraid of taking care of their baby alone and they are concerned that something will go wrong. They will fear being left alone or will doubt their ability to care for their child.
The sheer volume of dreadful thoughts can turn the pathways into unmanageable obsessions and complications. Obsessions and compulsions are typical signs of postpartum OCD. These manifest as feelings, emotions, and actions.
Obsessions that postpartum OCD sufferers usually feel
Images of the baby being injured, such as being dropped or thrown
Thoughts about suffocating or stabbing the infant are intrusive and unwelcome.
Fearful of making bad choices that will hurt or kill the baby
Fear about exposing the baby to contaminants, pesticides, and other substances in the
Fears of inadvertently harming the baby as a result of carelessness
Sexually exploiting the baby is an unwanted and upsetting idea
Fear of the kid developing a life-threatening illness
Compulsions that postpartum OCD sufferers usually feel
Knives and scissors, for example, can be thrown out.
Fear of poisoning the infant stops you from feeding him/her.
Not changing diapers because they are fearful of sexually assaulting the infant. Not eating
certain things or taking certain drugs because they are afraid of hurting the baby.
When it comes to child abuse, purposely not viewing or reading the television.
Constantly keeping an eye on yourself for any potentially unwanted sexual thoughts
Tracking the baby obsessively while he or she rests
Obtaining assurance from family members that the baby has not been hurt or exploited
Mentally looking through the activities of the day to make sure the baby hasn't been harmed.
It is a cycle of symptoms which a mum may experience if diagnosed with postpartum OCD, but yet again
you are not alone mama.
To my postpartum OCD mamas,
I know what you are going through. Living with OCD can feel so unbelievably isolating. Maybe you feel
like your thoughts are more graphic than the thoughts other people have. Maybe you are afraid to fall
asleep due to nightmares about your OCD. Maybe you feel like there is hope for others in treatment but
not for you. It is possible to regain balance in your life, enjoy meaningful relationships and no longer be
distressed and stuck in the postpartum OCD cycle.
What's vital to know, no matter what you're going through, is that the postpartum cycle is a time in a
woman's life where she's more vulnerable to mental health problems. It may be postpartum depression
or OCD, but whatever it is, the problems you're having are nothing to be embarrassed of. Hormone
changes during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and sleep loss will simply cause something in our brain to be
"off," and mental health changes after having a baby are a medical complication of pregnancy. There
can be highs and lows, recovery may not be linear but consistency and courage can result in finding the
freedom you deserve. Take help. Talk to your loved ones, you can definitely overcome this mama
The birth of a new infant not only brings excitement, optimism, and unending affection to those who
know him or her, but it also has the ability to trigger postpartum depression and OCD. The good news is
that you are not alone if you are having random, disturbing, and terrifying feelings, photographs, or
fantasies about the baby. This is a short-term condition that is quickly treated. Please get assistance if
you have any suspicions that something is wrong with your mental health after delivering a baby
because care is readily available.
OCD is a mental health condition and it does not make you a bad parent.
DISCLAIMER: Knowledge is power to fight against any disease but it definitely doesn’t replace treatment
by medical professionals. The information included here is for instructional purposes only and is not
meant to replace counseling.