Articles

Don’t Play Whack-A-Mole! Address the Addictive Mindset

By: Scott Stolarick, LCPC, Gurnee Program Director “You can do whatever you put your mind to.” We have all heard that saying over the years. What about doing what your mind puts you up to? As a clinician working with the issue of addiction for many years, I have found...

Achieving Empathy: The Deep Dive

By: Scott Stolarick, LCPC, Program Director Gurnee Most people are familiar with snorkeling and scuba diving, either through direct participation, interest or general knowledge.  These are two examples I utilize to help clients differentiate between sympathy and...

Finding Peace

Finding Peace  By: Lisa Aranas, 2016 As I drove to work one day, there was yet another act of terrorism on the news. This time, it was Paris. My mind wandered to all the stories that had been on the news lately - gun violence, mental health, Obamacare, police...

Impulse Disorders

Impulse Control Disorders in Children Definition: A set of disorders where each include problems with emotional and behavioral self-control including oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), conduct disorder, intermittent explosive disorder, trichotillomania, pyromania,...

Marital/Couple Models

Couples Relations By Cindy Lichterman, LCSW Statistics claim one out of every two marriages in the United States will end in divorce. The first couple of years can be a “make it or break it” time for many couples as they face new experiences together for the first...

Adjustment Disorder

Definition: An array of stress-induced syndromes that occur within 3 months after exposure to a distressing (traumatic or non-traumatic) event, such as marital or financial conflict in adults, family conflict, school problems, death of a family member, sexuality...

Disassociative Identity Disorder

Definition: Dissociative identity disorder (DID), previously referred to as multiple personality disorder, involves a disturbance of identity in which two or more separate and distinct personality states (or identities) control an individual's behavior at different...

Bulimia Nervosa

Definition: Bulimia Nervosa is characterized by frequent binge eating followed by behavior such as self-induced vomiting to avoid weight gain. To meet the criteria for a bulimia diagnosis the behavior must occur at least once per week for three months. Many people...

Anorexia Nervosa

Definition: Anorexia nervosa is characterized by emaciation, a relentless pursuit of thinness and unwillingness to maintain a normal or healthy weight, a distortion of body image and intense fear of gaining weight. Anorexia nervosa is a potentially life-threatening...