The most common symptoms experienced by people today and the symptoms Dr. Paul Standal treats most often are anxiety and depression. He finds some clients can have a combination of both, an anxious depression.
Depression can be situational or long-term and resistant to change. Situational depression is precipitated by a current event or experience, for example: a loss of a child, relationship, parent or job. Long-term depression is recurrent and driven by deeper, long-term issues and dynamics from the past.
Anxiety is like free-floating fear, generally without a particular reason. It can emerge as worry and constant catastrophic thinking or actual panic attacks. Dr. Standal also treats a particular form of anxiety, post-traumatic stress, which arises when there is an event or experience that overwhelms our sense of self and our world order. Post-traumatic stress often throws its victim into a complex variety of distressing symptoms.
Additionally, Dr. Standal often treats clients who present with the following:
- Persons describing rapidly fluctuation mood swings. This condition can be diagnosed as bipolar disorder. These symptoms are also common indicators of an addiction.
- Severe mental illness, like psychosis and schizophrenia, along with providing support and counsel to their family, particularly with regard to questions of hospitalizations.
- A spectrum of personality disorders.
- Adult ADHD.