Christine R. Maldonado PhD


Mania

Mania is a persistently elevated, irritable, or elated mood. Mania occurs in some mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder. It also can result from diseases, such as hyperthyroidism, or develop as a side effect of some medicines, such as steroids or antidepressants. Other characteristics of mania include: Inflated…

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is a pattern of repeated, unexpected panic attacks. Panic attacks are sudden, strong feelings of fear or anxiety along with symptoms like shortness of breath, dizziness, or a pounding heart. A panic attack is scary, but it isn’t life-threatening. Counseling and medicines can reduce or get rid of panic…

Play Therapy

Play therapy uses techniques to engage children in recreational activities to help them cope with their problems and fears. A play therapist works with children according to their age level. Since children express themselves through play, this type of therapy can be very helpful for children who are victims of abuse or…

Planning to Be More Active When You Have Chronic Disease

Use this sheet to list what you enjoy and what is hard for you. You and your doctor can use this information to come up with an activity plan. How active are you? Describe what you do to stretch, strengthen, and move your body. Write down how often and how long you do each activity. What would you like to do? List ways…

Dissociation

Dissociation is a person’s unconscious attempt at self-protection against an overwhelming and traumatic experience, which may result from severe and prolonged maltreatment, sexual abuse, and/or neglect during childhood. The mind separates itself from an event or the environment so it can maintain some degree of order…