PATHS UNEXPECTED OR REPEATED?
We are adults for most of our lives and although childhood is often viewed as the most rapid phase of emotional and cognitive growth, the decades of adult life include a remarkable number of transitions that ideally require mastery that is critical in establishing a firm foundation. The stronger the foundation the greater the capacity for flexibility and change.
What Adults Need
As one emerges into adulthood, life is less focused on you but instead requires effective interactions within systems, be they family, nuclear or extended, work relationships with colleagues and supervisors, friend networks, other activities within a spiritual community, volunteerism, and shared hobbies and interests.
Challenges Adults Face
The shear number of transitions, expectations and demands throughout adulthood lead to increased vulnerability of more persistent distress, further impacting effective coping. Environmental and genetic susceptibility to psychiatric illness, unexpected challenges as illness, loss, failure as well a prior history of childhood /adolescent trauma can further challenge one’s sense of identity and capacity for agency.
My Approach as your Adult Psychiatrist
Restoring a balance is the cornerstone of treatment. A balance is unique to each individual yet certain qualities are shared. This includes self-care, bringing together a greater historical cohesion of your life, deepening an understanding of yourself in the context of relationships, exploring your future path and establishing steps to move forward to achieve the goals at the end of the path.
A thorough assessment of your strengths and successes as these can be overlooked in the face of distress. Understanding detours and vulnerabilities that have hindered past or current mastery of your goals. Treatments could include psychotherapy that is focused on an integrated approach or a more structured use of cognitive behavioral strategies. Psychopharmacology to address mood, anxiety or other psychiatric illness that are barriers to effective treatment and achieving your goals will be discussed. Laboratory assessment, referrals for psychological assessment, medical sub-specialist will be explored as indicated.