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Why ADHD in Girls Often Goes Undiagnosed Oct 13th, 2021

According to the CDC, more than six million children have ever been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and diagnoses in boys outpace those in girls by more than two to one — 12.9% compared with 5.6%. Boys aren’t more prone to ADHD, so why the disparity in diagnoses and why...

The Many Benefits of Telemedicine Sep 1st, 2021

If you’re among the 46.6 million Americans struggling with mental health conditions, you know how important it is to take back your life and feel more like yourself again. Learning to cope and better manage your condition is at the heart of successful mental health wellness programs. Although the process...

What to Expect During Psychological Testing Aug 15th, 2021

Psychological testing might have an ominous sound to it, but it’s a simple assessment that checks for mental health issues, just as your vital signs create an impression of your physical health. It’s the first step in the treatment of mental illness.  Depending on your circumstances, a psych test could...

What To Do When Your Anxiety Becomes Debilitating Jul 14th, 2021

Anxiety is a natural human response to situations that have unknown outcomes. It boosts your energy and helps you focus on the task at hand.  But for some, anxiety has a way of creeping into everyday activities, causing excessive fear and worry, hijacking the day.  At Bowman Medical Group, our...

Recognizing the Signs of ADHD in Your Child Jun 13th, 2021

If you’re worried your child has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you’re not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 6 million children and adolescents ages 2-17 years have an ADHD diagnosis. And researchers suspect many more children, especially girls, are still undiagnosed.  At the Bowman Medical Group,...

Spravato: The Nasal Spray That Combats Treatment-Resistant Depression May 17th, 2021

Roughly 7% of American adults will have a major depressive episode this year. Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide, but many people either can’t get help, or traditional treatments don’t work for them.  At Bowman Medical Group in Beverly Hills, California, Dr. Phillip Bowman and his team work...

How Genetic Testing Is Used in Psychiatry Apr 13th, 2021

The good news is that most mental health conditions are highly treatable, especially with all of the medications available to help manage symptoms. However, it can be challenging to find the ideal medications for an individual, because everyone can respond to them in different ways.  In the past, finding the...

Why Depression and Anxiety Are on the Rise Mar 7th, 2021

As we enter our second year of the global pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19, we, as a nation, are seeing large increases in the prevalence of anxiety and depression. That information comes by way of the US Census Bureau’s emergency coronavirus project —...

The Benefits of Group Therapy Feb 7th, 2021

If you have a mental health condition, one of the best ways to treat it is by attending psychotherapy. Group therapy, a form of psychotherapy that takes place with a therapist and a group of people, is convenient and impactful. Board-certified psychiatrists Phillip J. Bowman, MD, MPH, and Sara Bobak,...

Daily Habits That Can Help Control Your Anxiety Jan 12th, 2021

If you’ve ever felt your heartbeat suddenly beat faster, your palms sweat when you enter a room, or intrusive thoughts consistently enter your mind, you may have experienced anxiety. While it’s normal to feel an occasional sense of worry, it’s not normal for these feelings of anxiety to dominate your...

Myths and Facts About PTSD Dec 3rd, 2020

One in 11 Americans experiences post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point in their lives. It's natural to feel afraid or angry after a traumatic event. However, when these emotions persist long after the event is over, it can put the body in a chronic state of stress, leading to...

Common Behavior Disorders in Children Nov 16th, 2020

Is your child struggling in school or acting out at home? Have you noticed changes in their weight, appetite, or sleeping habits? They could be suffering from a behavior disorder. Kids can and do experience many of the same mental health issues as adults, including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD),...

Two Types of Bipolar Disorder Oct 20th, 2020

Bipolar disorders define themselves with extremes of emotion ranging from mania to depression. The extent of symptoms vary widely, though they tend to fall in roughly grouped patterns.  The pendulum swings of bipolar disorders range from emotionally up periods, the mania stages, to the down and depressed times. Your illness...

Using Psychotherapy to Treat Depression Sep 15th, 2020

Your mental health affects everything you do and plays a crucial role in your overall quality of life. If you’re suffering from persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, you’re not alone. In fact, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, an estimated 40 million adults — that’s more...

8 Signs That You Have Anxiety Aug 17th, 2020

Everyone feels stress at some points in their lives, even from happy events like starting a new job or buying a home. And who doesn’t worry about their children, ailing parents, or bills piling up? These are normal feelings. But when you have a difficult time controlling your worries and...

How Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Can Help You Jul 15th, 2020

If you or someone you know struggles with depression, you probably already know that it’s more than just feeling down. More than 17 million Americans suffer from depression, a complex mental health disorder that can cause memory loss, lack of interest in hobbies and pastimes, and overwhelming feelings of sadness...

When Does Depression Warrant Medical Intervention? Learn to Recognize the Signs Jun 3rd, 2020

Sadness is a normal feeling. You might feel sad if you’re going through hard times or when you experience a traumatic event such as losing a loved one.  It could even be something small that can make you feel sad. But feeling blue most of the time could be a...

Why Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is so Successful in Managing Anxiety May 27th, 2020

Anxiety can keep you from participating in life. Worry and fear may keep you in the house, or fill you with dread as you navigate everyday situations at school, work, or social events.  You may even suffer from severe panic attacks that seem like heart attacks. Does this sound like...

Understanding the Benefits of Our Ketamine Nasal Spray Apr 13th, 2020

Producing feelings of hopelessness, fatigue, irritability, and sadness, depression affects some 17.3 million adults in this country — or 7.1 percent of all U.S. adults. Despite the prevalence of depression, many sufferers do not seek treatment. What’s more, of those who do seek treatment, 10-15 percent do not experience improvement...

Genetics and Depression Jun 10th, 2019

Major depressive disorder (MDD) affects approximately seven percent of U.S. adults. The cause of this disorder is multi-factorial and the treatments are diverse. With the emergence of newer technology to investigate the human genome, genetics now plays a role in depression. Various genes have been identified which may predispose an...

CBT, DBT, ACT—What Do They Mean? Jun 10th, 2019

Psychotherapy is a crucial component of mental health treatment. As the field continues to grow, different modalities of therapy have emerged. These specific types of therapy are often referred to by acronyms, which can lead to some confusion. Three of the most common approaches are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical...

SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder May 11th, 2019

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a disturbance in mood associated with the time of year. Most commonly, SAD occurs during the Fall and Winter months, with symptoms remitting during the sunnier seasons of Spring and Summer. Up to 5 percent of the U.S. population experiences SAD in a given year....