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ADHD

ADHD is a mental health condition that is defined through analysis of behaviour. People with ADHD show a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity–impulsivity that interferes with day-to-day functioning and/or development. Psychotherapy can be essential in the treatment of ADHD for several reasons. Psychotherapy can help decrease impulsivity by increasing the ability to let go of emotional reactions. Impulsivity can be tamed if you can put one step in between an impulse and an action. Impulsivity results when behaviour becomes automatic. This means there is no thought process—there is simply an action that after the fact seems like a bad idea.

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ADDICTION

A person with an addiction uses a substance, or engages in a behaviour, for which the rewarding effects provide a compelling incentive to repeat the activity, despite detrimental consequences. Substance use disorders and gambling behaviours have an increased likelihood of being accompanied by mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, or other pre-existing problems.

Certain triggers and stressors can create a powerful and chronic urge to keep repeating the behavior that leads to addiction. Therapy helps you cope with these triggers and manage stressful situations so that you don’t fall back into addiction.

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ANXIETY

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life however, some people find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and can often affect their daily life. Anxiety is the main symptom of several conditions, including panic disorder, phobias, post traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety disorder (social phobia). The duration or severity of an anxious feeling can sometimes be out of proportion to the original trigger, or stressor. Physical symptoms, such as increased blood pressure, rapid heart rate and nausea, may also develop. These responses move beyond anxiety into an anxiety disorder.

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AUTISM

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world. Some autistic people will have high support needs, which may mean that they require full time care and support. Others may need a bit of support with day-to-day activities, while others live fully independent lives. Being autistic does not mean you have an illness or disease; it means your brain works in a different way to other people.

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BIPOLAR DISORDER

Bipolar disorder is a mental health problem that mainly affects your mood. If you have bipolar disorder, you're likely to have times where you experience manic or hypomanic episodes, which means feeling high, depressive episodes, which means feeling low or potentially psychotic symptoms during manic or depressive episodes. When you become depressed, you may feel sad or hopeless and lose interest or pleasure in most activities. When your mood shifts to mania or hypomania (less extreme than mania), you may feel euphoric, full of energy or unusually irritable. These mood swings can affect sleep, energy, activity, judgment, behaviour, and the ability to think clearly.

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BODY ACCEPTANCE

Body acceptance is also born out of the reality that certain bodies have been marginalized and considered unacceptable in mainstream culture. Body neutrality is about achieving a neutral relationship with our bodies. It’s an approach of accepting by not acknowledging or forming opinions. It implies there is no good or bad, and we shouldn’t feel good and bad about our bodies. Feeling negative about our bodies can get worse over time if not addressed. It is important to address the unrealistic standards that we have for our bodies. Achieving body acceptance comes down to having therapy with yourself all the time.

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BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER

Borderline personality disorder is a mental health disorder that impacts the way you think and feel about yourself and others, causing problems functioning in everyday life. It includes self-image issues, difficulty managing emotions and behaviour, and a pattern of unstable relationships. With borderline personality disorder, you have an intense fear of abandonment or instability, and you may have difficulty tolerating being alone. Yet inappropriate anger, impulsiveness and frequent mood swings may push others away, even though you want to have loving and lasting relationships. Borderline personality disorder usually begins by early adulthood. 

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DEPRESSION

Depression is classified as a mood disorder. It may be described as feelings of sadness,loss, or anger that interfere with a person’s everyday activities. People experience depression in different ways. It may interfere with your daily work, resulting in lost time and lower productivity. It can also influence relationships and some chronic health conditions. It’s important to realize that feeling down at times is a normal part of life. Sad and upsetting events happen to everyone. But if you’re feeling down or hopeless on a regular basis, you could be dealing with depression.
Depression is considered a serious medical condition that can get worse without proper treatment.

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DEVELOPMENT DISORDER

Developmental disorders comprise a group of psychiatric conditions
originating in childhood that involve serious impairment in different areas. These disorders comprise development language, learning , motor skills, and autism spectrum disorders. In broader definitions ADHD is also included. Individuals with developmental disorder may experience dysfunction in memory, perception, attention, problem-solving or social interaction.

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DIVORCE

Divorce therapy is defined as a form of psychotherapy that helps couples who are divorcing to manage the stress and emotional upheaval associated with the process. It can also help those who have already divorced to cope with the aftermath of the breakup. It is important to understand that divorce therapy is not marriage counseling. The focus of divorce therapy is on helping individuals manage the transition and cope with the changes that come with divorce. The goal is to help people feel more balanced, hopeful, and empowered as they move forward. There are many different approaches to divorce therapy. 

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GRIEF & LOSS

Psychotherapy can help those who are experiencing complicated grief. Typically, the goals of therapy for complicated grief revolve around overcoming obstacles to the normal grieving process, and to coming to terms with the loss. A Metaphor for the Grief Process Imagine acute grief as a deep and fresh wound. As therapists, our role isn’t to force clients to pass through specific stages, to “let it all out”, or to grieve the same way we would. Our job is to help our clients come to terms with their loss in their own personal way. Grief can become a problem. Grief can trigger dormant mental illness, bring back old traumas, or the grief itself might persist far longer than it should.

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OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) features a pattern of unwanted thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviours (compulsions). These obsessions and compulsions interfere with daily activities and cause significant distress. You may try to ignore or stop your obsessions, but that only increases your distress and anxiety.
Ultimately, you feel driven to perform compulsive acts to try to ease your stress. Despite efforts to ignore or get rid of bothersome thoughts or urges, they keep coming back. This leads to more ritualistic behaviour — the vicious cycle of OCD.

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POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a complex condition
and follows an experience of trauma and is characterised by recurrent involuntary memories or other re-experiencing of the traumatic event. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms may start within one month of a traumatic event, but sometimes symptoms may not appear until years after the event. 

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TRAUMA

Trauma takes things away from us and some can’t be returned, ever. For some survivors, the losses are physical, and tangible, such as people we loved or a body that once functioned perfectly. For others, the losses are emotional or intangible, such as a sense of uncomplicated wholeness, pristine memories of beloved times and places. Either way, coming to terms with irreversible loss is an essential part of the trauma integration process. Trauma therapy can help you cope with trauma, whether it’s caused by a one-time event, or an ongoing or long-lasting situation. There are multiple types of therapy that can help treat trauma and help you address the traumatic event so you move forward.

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TURNER SYNDROME

Girls with Turner syndrome usually have normal intelligence, but some may have learning problems, particularly in maths Many also struggle with tasks requiring spatial skills, such as map reading or visual organization. Hearing problems are more common in girls with TS.

They aren't at increased risk for major psychological problems, but some girls do have problems with body image or self-esteem, and some also might have ADHD.  Despite these physical differences and other problems, with the right medical care, early intervention, and ongoing support, a girl with Turner syndrome can lead a normal, healthy, and productive life.

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WOMEN'S ISSUES

Women’s issues can have serious emotional, physical, and mental health effects that run deeper than what’s considered to be normal. They vary in severity from mild to extreme, and in many cases, women are not able to cope with these issues on their own. Women’s issues are often treated with psychotherapy, which is essentially talk-therapy or counseling. Psychotherapy may take place with a psychologist, psychiatrist, or other mental health professional.The goal of talk therapy is allowing women to understand their underlying issues, the concerns or mental health conditions they are currently facing, and to give them tools and strategies for changing their behaviours or dealing with painful experiences. 

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Grey Matter Therapy is here to help you understand your history, recognize patterns in your life, resolve your inner conflicts, and live authentically.

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Grey Matter Therapy is here to help you understand your history, recognize patterns in your life, resolve your inner conflicts, and live authentically.

Get In Touch

Av. Jose Da Costa Mealha

No. 15 + 17

Loule

8100-500

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