psychology services  Denver, CO
Effective management of mental health problems doesn’t take just the right medications. Psychiatry, as a noun, comes from the Greek, meaning Psych =soul, and iatry= doctor. The proper psychiatric treatment comes from connection with our patients, helping them to heal their souls with tender loving care, taking into consideration their life constellation of weaknesses and strengths, of dreams and regrets, and striving to create a more joyful future.Yes, professional training and clinical accolades are important. However, more important is to love what you do, and to provide the best care possible. At Your Wellness Journey Center, we will use clinical experience allied to connecting heart to heart with our patients. This makes possible to offer a wide range of services, always listening to the rightful owner of the treatment: the patient!

Addiction Psychiatry  Denver, CO

Psychiatry/ Substance Use Disorder integrated care

Your Wellness Journey Center strives to address the diverse mental health needs of the patients we serve by providing high-quality psychological services and behavioral health resources. While we don’t provide emergency, inpatient, and outpatient services for primary care needs at the clinic, we will be happy to help you find these resources in our community. We see our patients as individuals, not only with psychiatric disorders or addictive disorders, but with other needs for achieving their wellbeing.

We recognize that behavioral health is a lifelong struggle, and are here to provide judgment-free and compassionate care. Dr. Ana has a lifelong experience treating her patients this way, and has an impressive number of success stories under her belt.

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Anxiety  Denver, CO

Anxiety

Anxiety disorders impact over 40 million people every year within the U.S. Though everyone may experience anxiety from time to time, anxiety disorders cause persistent stress or unease about even daily situations such as socializing with others, driving, or work. Left untreated, anxiety can significantly impact ones’ quality of life and ability to participate in activities that they used to enjoy.

What is anxiety?
Anxiety is an emotion characterized by strong feelings of tension, worry, physical changes such as an increase in blood pressure and heart rate. People with anxiety disorders have constant intrusive thoughts or concerns.

Anxiety disorders come in a variety of forms from general anxiety to more specific conditions such as social anxiety or panic disorders. Anxiety develops from several compounding factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events. Many patients who are diagnosed with anxiety may also have co-occurring illnesses such as substance abuse, depression, or other mental health conditions.

Symptoms
Common symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Nervousness, restlessness, and feeling like you cannot relax
  • Feelings of danger, panic, and dread
  • Rapid heart rate and breathing or hyperventilation
  • Increased or heavy sweating
  • Muscle twitching or trembling
  • Weakness or lethargy
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive problems
  • Avoidant behavior
  • Obsessions about certain ideas

Treatment
At Your Wellness Journey Center, we tailor each treatment plan to the individual needs of the patient. We will carefully go over any symptoms you are experiencing, your medical history, and any other relevant factors such as life events and behaviors.

Common treatments for anxiety include individual or group therapy, medication, meditative practices, and lifestyle changes.

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Bipolar Disorder  Denver, CO

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental health condition characterized by extreme mood swings with significant emotional highs and lows. Both ends of the spectrum cause severe symptoms that can be difficult to manage, leaving much suffering to patients and their loved ones.

While bipolar disorder seems to be unrelenting, and in some few cases, even tragic, the management of symptoms is possible. Please come to see us for a thorough evaluation.

There are various types of bipolar disorder that can affect each person differently. Some may experience symptoms frequently, while others may only have some symptoms once or twice a year.

Symptoms
The main symptom associated with bipolar disorder is chronic mood swings. During periods of extreme high or mania, the person may feel invincible leading to the engagement of risky behaviors. In episodes of extreme lows or depression, the individual may feel an overwhelming sense of despair or disinterest.

Other symptoms associated with bipolar disorder are often a result of the influence of the mood swings. These symptoms can become aggravated by co-occurring conditions such as substance abuse or other health conditions as substance abuse, depression, or other mental health conditions.

Treatment
Though there is no cure, the condition is treatable. Treatment focuses on learning how to manage mood swings and symptoms. Gaining a better understanding of your triggers will help you to respond better to your own emotions. Other forms of treatment include medication, individual or group counseling, behavioral therapies, and lifestyle changes.

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Depression  Denver, CO

Depression

Over 300 million people are affected annually by depression, making it one of the most common mental health conditions in the world. At Your Wellness Journey Center, we are committed to providing comprehensive mental health services to those who struggle with depression.

What is Depression?
Depression is a mental health condition that can affect the entire body, including the brain. It can negatively alter the way you think, behave, and feel. It may be defined as persistent feelings of sadness, loss of interest, and unrest that last longer than a few weeks.

There are so many causes of depression, which is why it is important to work with a licensed professional when seeking treatment. In many cases, depression can stem from a disconnection of values, relationships, or other aspects of life. In other cases, it may be due to the lack of certain neurotransmitters within the brain that are responsible for feelings of joy, motivation, and affection.

Symptoms
Anyone can feel sad or even depressed at times. However, depression is a more intense feeling compared to the normal feelings of sadness. Depression is a mental illness that has a wide range of symptoms which can make it difficult to manage and maintain a good quality of life. They can impact a person’s ability to function, maintain relationships, keep commitments, or complete tasks.

Symptoms vary from person to person and appear during the night and day. Common symptoms or signs of depression include:

  • A feeling of ongoing sadness, anxiety, or “emptiness”
  • Aches or body pain such as migraines, cramps, or digestive problems
  • Changes in appetite
  • Decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling inadequate
  • Inability to make decisions
  • Loss of interest
  • Low self-esteem
  • Thoughts of suicide or death
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much

Treatment
At Your Wellness Journey Center, we offer detailed psychiatric evaluation with medication management, and will work with you to customize a treatment plan that fits your needs and lifestyle. Treatments can vary from therapy, lifestyle changes, stress management, prescription medication such as antidepressants and other pharmacological agents, and holistic approaches, such as acupuncture and meditation.

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)  Denver, CO

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

What is obsessive-compulsive disorder?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is a mental health condition in which people experience unreasonable thoughts or fears known as obsessions, that lead to compulsions or repetitive behaviors to alleviate the anxiety associated with the obsessions.

If you have OCD and try to ignore your obsessions, you may experience increased anxiety as a result.

OCD revolves around a particular concern. For example, if the concern is becoming sick, you may obsessively wash your hands or avoid touching public surfaces. This can significantly interfere with a person’s daily activities and social interactions impacting various areas of life.

Symptoms
If you have OCD, you may have specific routines that can take up large amounts of time to relieve your anxiety. Common signs of OCD include:

  • Constant feelings of anxiety
  • Repetition of words and actions
  • Ordering and arranging
  • Excessive agitation or stress

Treatment
If you have OCD, your compulsions or repetitive actions may consume the majority of your day and interfere with your ability to participate in routine activities such as work or spending time with friends or loved ones.

With treatment, we can help you to retake control of your life. We will customize a treatment plan that suits your lifestyle and needs. Common forms of treatment include medication, individual counseling with cognitive-behavioral therapy and lifestyle changes.

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)  Denver, CO

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition triggered by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. It can affect anyone at any age.

For many, time and self-care can heal the trauma of such events, but for some, the experience leads to long-lasting symptoms that can interfere with daily activities. If these symptoms persist for months or years, you may have PTSD, and getting treatment is crucial to recovering from the trauma of your experience.

At Your Wellness Journey Center, we are here to help you process what you’ve been through, which can help to reduce your symptoms and improve function.

Symptoms
Symptoms of PTSD are generally grouped into four primary types:

  • Avoidance
  • Changes in physical and emotional reactions
  • Intrusive memories
  • Negative changes in thinking and mood

Those with PTSD may experience symptoms from one or all of these categories.

Treatment
We are a compassionate practice and know that the road to feeling like yourself again can be overwhelming at times. We take the time to thoroughly assess your symptoms and history before we recommend a course of treatment for you. Common treatment options include therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes.

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Psychiatry Evaluation and Treatment  Denver, CO

Psychiatry Evaluation and Treatment

During a psychiatric evaluation, you may be asked a wide range of questions so that your doctor can begin to understand how your past and present are affecting your current behaviors and state of mind. Both physical and psychiatric symptoms will be discussed so that your doctor can assess their effects on things such as work, school, relationships, and family. Your personal and family history of emotional, behavioral, and developmental disorders may be discussed, as well.

Once your doctor has had a chance to evaluate your responses thoroughly, they will be able to make a diagnosis and offer suggestions for treatment. Treatment may involve therapy, medication, or a combination of solutions explicitly designed around what will work best for you.

Psychiatrists are specially trained in the treatment of psychiatric and behavioral disorders through the use of medication. If your doctor feels that a particular drug may help you, he or she will prescribe something after they’ve had an opportunity to understand all the facets of your specific medical condition.

Treatment
Dr. Ana may recommend the use of medications for the treatment of psychiatric and behavioral disorders. If she feels that a particular drug may help you, she will prescribe something after you’ve had an opportunity to understand all the facets of your specific medical condition.

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Psychiatry Medications Management  Denver, CO

Psychiatry Medications Management

Discussion about your previous medications is of utmost importance. It is important to know which ones helped you before, and the ones that caused you problems. Perhaps it’s a medication that was prescribed to you by a previous doctor, or a new medication prescribed here at Your Wellness Journey Center. Whatever the case may be, we will gladly discuss your current medications and any medications you’ve previously taken. This information will aid us in offering you the best possible solution for your medical condition. If you have had a difficult history of side effects, and not sure what to do next, genetic testing will be available to you here.

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