Areas of Specialization
Anxiety is one of the most basic emotions, and part of the normal human experience. When it disrupts quality of life or impedes functioning, it may be time to seek help. Fortunately, anxiety disorders can be treated with short-term, effective methods of treatment.
There are a number of different disorders that fall under the category of anxiety. They include:
- Panic - people experience spontaneous, seemingly out-of-the-blue, panic attacks and are very preoccupied with the fear of a recurring attack. These attacks include shortness of breath, heart racing, a fear of dying or going crazy.
- Generalized Anxiety - recurring worries related to multiple areas of life
- Phobias - specific fears, including fear of animals, insects, heights, and needles
- Social Anxiety Disorder- fear of specific social situations
- Selective Mutism
- Separation Anxiety
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and PANS/ PAnDAS
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder characterized by a person getting caught in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images or urges that trigger intensely distressing feelings. Compulsions are behaviors an individual engages in to attempt to get rid of the obsessions or decrease his or her distress.
PANDAS is the sudden, rapid-onset of obsessive compulsive behavior, as well as possible movement and behavioral symptoms, following a Strep infection. It can be treated similar to OCD.
Exposure and Response Prevention is the best known treatment available for OCD in children and adults.
Sometimes parents need more support and coaching than a book or manual can provide. This is partially because some children tougher to manage, due to anxiety or disruptive behaviors, than others.
Dr. Galanti specializes in teaching parents how to use praise, or positive reinforcement, more effectively in order to encourage specific behaviors. She also teaches parents how to use consistent consequences, or to help their children face their fears. The result is that kids learn to modulate their behavior to meet expectations and enjoy much more positive interactions with their parents.
Trichotillomania, Tics and Skin Picking
Body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB) is a general term for a group of related disorders that includes hair pulling, skin picking, and nail biting. These behaviors complex disorders that cause people to touch and pull their bodies in a way that results in physical damage.
Tics are involuntary, repetitive movements and vocalizations.
Both Tics and BFRBs can be treated using CBT technques.