As promised, Birmingham Anxiety and Trauma Therapy continues to grow! We are pleased to announce another addition to the BATT family - Ms. Jeanne Reedy (pronounced the same as “genie”). Jeanne comes to us having moved to Alabama all the way from Hawaii, where her husband was stationed in the…Read more
Our last post discussed the relatively new discovery that our brains can be rewired long after childhood. Today’s post will discuss some of what happens inside the brain during a trauma response - whether responding to current or past memories. When humans are conscious of a dangerous situation, their first…Read more
This is the first in a series on the brain and trauma. Why is the brain so important when it comes to addressing trauma? While most of us think our trauma comes from an event or series of events (the bad things that happen), the physical/mental/emotional responses that we so…Read more
Do you speak Spanish? We are happy to announce we now offer therapy services in the Spanish language. BATT ofrece terapia y consultas en español para usted y a su familia. Si usted desea terapia en español, por favor llame a Consuelo Viteri al 205-541-4047. También le invitamos a visitar…Read more
We are now in the middle of summertime. While that might mean that things slow down in some professions, it certainly isn’t the case for Birmingham Anxiety and Trauma Therapy (BATT)! Four of our therapists have wait lists, but we still have therapists who would love to serve some new…Read more
When people hear the term addiction, they might be inclined to think of alcohol or drugs. Yet substance addiction isn't the whole story when it comes to this disease. The disease of addiction also relates to gambling addictions, sex addiction, and even shopping addiction. What's more, people who have high…Read more
Grief strikes everyone at some point. It could stem from the loss of a job, pet or loved one; emotional or physical trauma; financial problems; divorce or any number of issues. Regardless of the cause, it's important to find healthy ways to cope. By accepting your grief, expressing yourself and…Read more
Good news, we are growing again, people! Today, Dr. Paulk interviewed several smiling candidates for a new administrator who will be present in the evenings to assist patients with various needs, including scheduling and billing issues. We are confident the new person will also add to the positive culture of…Read more
While it is normal to feel sadness, depression is much more serious than any ordinary slump in mood. How do you tell the difference between the two? Identifying depression can be difficult, but there are certain common signs of the condition. Here are the seven big signs that a person…Read more
1 in 4 of the world's population will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime. Treatment for mental illness is available and often effective, but the stigma attached to it often prevents individuals from seeking help. Myths about mental health are prevalent and harmful and must be debunked. 1.…Read more
There are many expectations we have throughout our lives and this fact becomes even more true when becoming a parent. We expect that our child will love us. We expect that our child will cry. We expect that our child will crawl, walk, run, and talk. Most parents, however, do…Read more
Children with cerebral palsy are at a heightened risk of developing depression and anxiety, and it often goes overlooked or misdiagnosed. Here is a great resource to help parents and loved ones understand the signs of depression and get the appropriate help if needed: https://www.cerebralpalsyguidance.com/cerebral-palsy/associated-disorders/depression/Read more
A sudden change in behavior or attitude may signal the need to consult with a therapist who specializes in working with children and adolescents. Significant life events or major changes in the routine of children and adolescents can halt healthy development. Our child therapists have years of experience, extra training,…Read more
You’re not alone if every once in a while you would like to escape from the chaos of family life. However, we all need to come home eventually. The family counselors at Birmingham Anxiety and Trauma Therapy can help you reduce conflict, understand each other better, and foster closeness. They…Read more
Everyone knows that women and men are physically different. But few understand the unique social, cultural, and political pressures that women have faced over the centuries. Today, many women are plagued by impossible standards for them to be a caretaker, a provider, a nurturer – and do all of this…Read more
Many men have been able to achieve their goals faster and with more satisfaction with the help of a therapist. Common reasons that men come to therapy include: navigating emotions, work issues, anger, commitment, relationships, “Nice Guy Syndrome,” mother issues, sexual compulsions and behaviors, or because they new fathers. Navigating…Read more
There is no such thing as a perfect relationship. When two people make a commitment to one another, they also bring their own history, values, and opinions into the union. Couples therapy helps couples (married or not) improve their relationship by giving them communication skills, problem-solving skills and helping them…Read more
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is seen in men, women, and children of all ages and backgrounds. People respond to unexpected or prolonged trauma in different ways. While some are able to overcome the trauma, others relive the same memories over the course of weeks, months, or even years. This can…Read more
Clinical depression involves more than just “the blues”. While everyone gets sad from time to time, clinical depression is a serious disorder that affects more than 15 million Americans. Depression interferes with an individual’s ability to function from day to day. It can affect a person’s thoughts, mood, behavior, and…Read more
Figuring out whether someone is dealing with a bipolar disorder can be tricky – and should be left up to professionals. This is because many of the symptoms of bipolar mimic symptoms of other disorders. The person might have big mood swings, be depressed, or be moving around at warp…Read more
Everybody worries or gets anxious from time to time – and the right amount of anxiety can even improve performance and focus. But when the worry and anxiety become excessive, it may be a sign of an anxiety disorder. Anxiety can be the result of negative events or trauma, but…Read more
Last 30 Posts
- What’s New in July
- Rewired Series, Part Two: This Is Your Brain On Trauma
- Rewired Series, Part One: Meet the 21st Century Brain
- ¿Habla Español? – We Offer Therapy Services in Spanish
- What’s New June 2017 – Birmingham Anxiety and Trauma Therapy
- Legal Addictions: Are First Responders at Risk?
- Three Tips for Dealing with Grief
- Latest News April 2017
- The Seven Main Signs of Depression
- 5 Common Myths About Mental Illness
- Caring for a child with special needs
- Cerebral Palsy and Depression
- Something’s wrong with my child and I don’t know what to do.
- Help! My family is driving me crazy!
- Help, I’m a woman – I need a spa day!
- Real men don’t go to therapy. (NOT TRUE!)
- How Do We Know If Couples Counseling Will Benefit Us?
- Can people other than veterans have PTSD?
- What do I do if I think I’m depressed?
- Am I Bipolar?
- I think I might have an anxiety problem…
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