New York psychotherapist Colette Dowling, LCSW, has written eight books, including
"You Mean I Don't Have to Feel This Way?": New Hope for Depression, Anxiety and Depression.
For more information, or for
a free therapy consultation you can reach Colette at 718-594-0201
Mood Disorders and the Brain
Events from childhood produce changes in the neurotransmitter levels of the brain.
isn’t just childhood trauma that can produce vulnerability
to anxiety and depression. Emotional wounds at any point
along the way, from childhood through adulthood, can create the
kinds of alterations in the brain that cause mood disorders.
There are differences in all of us--differences in the amount of trauma or stress we experience and in the degree of chemical vulnerability we inherit. No one exists in a perfect state of chemical balance.
For some, that may not be enough and they will want to consider low doses of medication just during those days when they're premenstrual. The newest nformatikon comes from the new--and important--field, of reproductive psychiatry.
Reproductive psychiatrists are experts in helping women withextreme hormonal mood changes.
Help can also be gotten from
psychotherapy. Brain imaging
studies have shown that both psychotherapy and medication produce
changes in the functioning of the brain, leading to increases in
Click here for Colette's article on anxiety.
Click here for Colette's article on postpartum depression.
Click here for Colette's article on PMS.
Click here for Colette's article on mood disorders and premenstrual cravings.
New York psychotherapist Colette Dowling, LCSW, has a private therapy practice on Lower Fifth Ave. in the Flatiron district of Manhattan.
Colette received a masters degree from The Smith College School for Social Work and completed advanced training in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis at The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, in New York.
Colette can be reached for a free therapy consultation at 718-594-0201, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
To hear Colette speaking about what it's like starting therapy with someone new, click on the audio button.
Copyright Colette Dowling, 2006-2010