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Understanding the Benefits of TMS Jul 1st, 2024

The symptoms of depression — including low mood, reduced energy levels, and, often, issues with eating and sleeping — act to drag you down. Escaping the negative cycle of depression can be difficult to achieve. But, living with depression is just as difficult, if not more so. At Greater Lowell...

 The Importance of Medication Management Jun 18th, 2024

Living with a mental health condition like depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or bipolar disorder leaves you dealing with stressful, complex symptoms. In many cases, medication management with the right medication or combination of medications can do a lot to resolve your symptoms and lighten...

I Have Terrible Phobias: Can You Help? May 9th, 2024

Your fears can let you know about problems in your life. Or, if you’re living with debilitating phobias, fears could become the biggest problem in your life. Phobias can come from many sources, but have in common an intense fear or aversion not based in rational thinking. Trying to avoid...

5 Invaluable Benefits of CBT for Adult ADHD Apr 3rd, 2024

Many adults in the United States are diagnosed with or affected by the mental health condition attention-deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD). There are some ways that this condition typically makes life challenging.  But, with the right approach, you can mitigate these negative impacts. After finding the right treatment plan for...

Understanding the Bidirectional Relationship Between Depression and Insomnia Mar 18th, 2024

When it comes to your health and wellness, your body and mind often function more holistically than you might realize. Symptoms in your mental health often affect your physical health. And, the connection goes the other way, as well. One example of this is the bidirectional relationship between depression and...

Help! My Child Has an Anger Management Problem Feb 2nd, 2024

Raising healthy, happy children means helping them learn to cope well with negative emotions like anger. It’s normal to get angry, and anger can even be an important sign about abusive or unfair situations. But, developing children may struggle to manage anger productively. If you fear your child or teen...

Ready to Take Charge of Your Health? Start with Stress Management Jan 2nd, 2024

It’s a truth we don’t acknowledge often enough. Stress, alone, is a serious health problem. That’s not to mention all the ways that stress makes existing physical and mental health problems that much worse. When you’re under chronic stress, your body and your mind function at less than their best....

How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Can Treat Insomnia Dec 4th, 2023

It might sound surprising to hear that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help with insomnia. If you have insomnia, it’s difficult for you to fall asleep, or stay asleep peacefully all night. But, you may be wondering, how can a form of talk therapy help with sleep issues? At Greater...

I'm Nervous About My Psychiatric Diagnostic Evaluation: What Can I Expect? Nov 1st, 2023

Getting evaluated for mental health care needs might sound scary. What if you don’t do well on the evaluation? Could trick questions put you in a bad position? The truth is, you don’t need to be nervous about getting a psychiatric diagnostic evaluation. Dr. Ronald Winfield and the team at...

What Is Medication Therapy? Oct 1st, 2023

Mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder leave your thoughts, moods, and even actions out of balance, difficult, and disturbed. Medication therapy gives your mind and body needed support. Medication therapy might be what you need to provide balance, calm, focus, and the time and space you need...

I Think I Have Bulimia: Can You Help? Sep 1st, 2023

Some people think of eating disorders as beginning and ending with anorexia, or self-starvation. But eating disorders can look like bulimia, another common type of eating disorder, just as easily. When you have a bulimic eating disorder, you alternate between binging and purging. Maybe you overeat and then induce vomiting...

5 Benefits of Medication Management for Mental Health Disorders Aug 2nd, 2023

Mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) need to be taken seriously. You deserve a lifestyle that’s not always a battle with mental health symptoms and disruptions related to your disorder. And, with the right treatment plan, that’s exactly what you can achieve. At Greater Lowell...

Depression Vs. Anxiety: 4 Overlapping Symptoms Jul 1st, 2023

You can’t sleep, or you’re always stressed. Your social life shrinks, and you suffer from unexplained body aches. These symptoms of poor mental health can come from several different causes. In fact, the very common mental health conditions of depression and anxiety share multiple symptoms. At Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates,...

What to Expect From a Psychiatric Diagnostic Evaluation Jun 1st, 2023

When the root cause of your mental health struggles isn’t clear, you can’t effectively give yourself the support you need to thrive. Getting a diagnosis is the first step in formulating an effective care plan to balance your mental health and restore your full quality of life. At Greater Lowell Psychiatric...

Can TMS Help Me Feel Better Physically? May 1st, 2023

Do you live with chronic pain or discomfort? If you have a chronic pain condition like fibromyalgia, you should know more about the benefits of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatment. That’s especially true if you also suffer from co-existing mental health issues like depression, also treatable with TMS. At Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates of...

Preparing for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): 3 Steps to Take Apr 1st, 2023

Your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions are all connected at a deep level. Types of psychotherapy counseling like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can support you in transforming your mental health, helping you deal with problems like depression, anxiety, and stress. At Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates, LLC, of North Chelmsford, Massachusetts, our...

How Insomnia Affects Your Physical Health Mar 1st, 2023

Not getting enough sleep at night leaves you feeling wiped out and low-energy. And, not being able to get to sleep at night can be a frustrating experience. If you have chronic insomnia, meaning that you regularly struggle to fall or stay asleep, you’re probably all too familiar with these problems....

5 Benefits of Medication Management Feb 1st, 2023

If you have mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you may need a combination of treatment approaches to adequately manage your symptoms. Some of your treatment for mental illness has to do with adjusting your lifestyle, or addressing underlying issues with...

4 Signs of ADHD That Can Mimic Other Conditions Jan 15th, 2023

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be the cause of many of your mental health struggles. Are your problems at work, at home, and in relationships with others related to ADHD? It’s possible that, even if you do have ADHD, you might not realize it. The symptoms of this mental health condition...

Scheduled for TMS? Here's What to Expect Dec 2nd, 2022

Living with mental health problems is far from easy. In your struggle with mental health conditions like major depressive disorder, therapeutic tools are available to help. Your provider at Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates, LLC, considers all your options when it comes to mental health care. Under the leadership of Dr....

Is Your Loved One Struggling with a Mental Disorder? Nov 1st, 2022

It’s difficult to know what to do when you start to notice potential mental health issues in a loved one. Maybe your loved one no longer engages with hobbies, has changed how they eat or sleep in disturbing ways, or lashes out with anger or despair in ways that seem...

Using Exposure Therapy to Mitigate PTSD Symptoms Oct 2nd, 2022

When you experience trauma, be it physical or emotional, your psyche often carries lasting scars. Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can include flashbacks, nightmares, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, shame, anger management problems, and even suicidal thoughts and feelings. At Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates, we take your mental health care needs seriously....

5 Signs You Have Insomnia Sep 1st, 2022

Insomnia is one of those conditions that can happen to anyone from time to time. But, when sleeplessness becomes chronic, insomnia seriously and negatively impacts your whole life. At Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates LLC of North Chelmsford, Massachusetts, expert psychiatrist Dr. Ronald P. Winfield and his team fully understand the toll that insomnia...

Consider These Benefits of TMS Aug 1st, 2022

Have you ever wondered if you could benefit from alternative forms of treatment for depression? Psychotherapy and medication management are typically the first treatment options for depression, but, for some, these strategies don’t do enough to relieve mental and emotional health disturbances associated with depression. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment is...

Take These Steps if You Suspect Your Loved One Has Bipolar Disorder Jul 1st, 2022

Supporting loved ones with mental health conditions isn’t always easy. It’s essential to respect your own boundaries and mental health when someone in your life is struggling with mental illness conditions like bipolar disorder. If you can help your loved one get the treatment and care they need, bipolar disorder...

How an Eating Disorder Can Wreck Your Mental Health Jun 1st, 2022

If you’re preoccupied with weight loss, food, and negative body image to a degree that makes it hard for you to really focus on other aspects of your life, like your professional development or your personal goals, your mental health is involved as well as your physical health. Eating disorders...

10 Symptoms of Anxiety May 1st, 2022

Anxiety disorders, like generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder, can negatively affect all aspects of your life, from the personal to the professional. At Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates, LLC, of North Chelmsford, Massachusetts, our psychiatric and mental health specialists team can help. Dr. Ronald P. Winfield and...

Management Strategies for Insomnia Apr 1st, 2022

Chronic sleeplessness or insomnia can take a heavy toll on your physical and mental health. When you don’t get enough quality sleep at night, your immune system weakens, leaving you vulnerable to opportunistic infections. And, without sufficient rest, you don’t handle stress as well, losing physical and emotional resilience. When you know...

Could You Have PTSD and Not Know It? Mar 1st, 2022

The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be complex and unexpected. You could experience symptoms of PTSD months or even years after a traumatic event or experience. If you’re experiencing sleeplessness, chronic anxiety, or hopelessness, you could be dealing with PTSD. The psychiatric and mental health specialists at Greater...

Understanding Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Feb 1st, 2022

Mental health issues are complex and serious. If you’re struggling with mental health issues like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or anger management, you can benefit from professional diagnosis, support, and care. No one should have to deal with mental health issues alone. At Greater Lowell Psychiatric...

The Link Between Pain and Depression Jan 1st, 2022

The evidence shows that chronic pain and ongoing mental health issues like chronic depression are linked. That is, if you’re struggling with depression, you may find yourself having to cope with pain. And, if you have a chronic pain condition, you could end up struggling with depression. The mental health...

What Most People Don't Know About Depression Dec 1st, 2021

December can be a challenging month for people living with depression. The shorter days, colder, darker weather, and even the social and emotional pressures of the holidays can all contribute to a worsening of depression symptoms of persistent sadness, hopelessness, and feelings of aloneness. If you or a loved one...

What to Expect From TMS Nov 1st, 2021

Antidepressant medications work to resolve symptoms of depression for many, but some people don’t benefit enough from treatment methods like medication and psychotherapy alone. Symptoms of major depression keep you trapped by feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or numbness. If you’ve tried counseling and medications, and haven’t received enough relief, or...

My Child has ADD. Now What? Oct 1st, 2021

Many people who have attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) receive their diagnoses in childhood. Once you and your child understand the neurological issues at the root of behavioral problems like uncontrolled daydreaming, impulsivity, and social interaction issues, you can find ways to adjust and improve...

How We Can Help You Manage Your Medication Sep 1st, 2021

Medication management puts control of your mental health and stability back in your own hands. Whether you suffer from clinical depression, chronic anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), medications exist that target the symptoms getting in your way. At Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates...

TMS for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: What to Expect Aug 1st, 2021

People living with chronic mental health problems like depression or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) need safe and noninvasive ways to manage their symptoms. Some find relief with counseling alone, or benefit from pharmacological options and medication management. However, for others, psychotherapy and medication don’t end up being enough. You could...

5 Little-Known Effects of Anxiety Jul 6th, 2021

If you’re one of the many adults and teens in the United States living with chronic anxiety, you might not be aware of all of the parts of your life your condition affects. Anxiety isn’t just a mental health problem. Over the long term, chronic anxiety can also seriously impact...

How to Support a Loved One With Panic Disorder Jun 7th, 2021

Coping with a panic disorder isn’t as simple as getting a diagnosis. Treatment for panic disorders can take time. During treatment, you or your loved one will need care, support, and understanding. The psychiatric and mental health specialists at Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates LLC of North Chelmsford, Massachusetts, can diagnose...

Can Therapy Help My Sleep Problems? May 6th, 2021

When you can’t get regular, good-quality sleep at night, all sorts of aspects of your daily life are disrupted. You might be constantly tired, frazzled, forgetful, or irritable if you haven’t gotten enough sleep. And, the stress of chronic insomnia can wreak havoc on your peace of mind and personal...

What to Do About Antidepressant Side Effects Apr 13th, 2021

Medication management can be a great tool for handling mental health disorders including anxiety, depression, psychosis, and more. However, many antidepressant medications can have side effects. These side effects can be frustrating, embarrassing, or harmful to your overall wellness. Many strategies can combat your unwanted side effects. You could also...

5 Benefits of Psychotherapy for Grief and Loneliness Mar 8th, 2021

Loss and loneliness can impact you at any time. And, for many, the last year or so has meant separation from friends and family, increasing struggles with loneliness. The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 and 2021 has also claimed many lives, leaving people around the country stricken with loss and grief....

TMS for Depression: How Long Do the Benefits Last? Feb 11th, 2021

Everyone feels blue sometimes, but if you suffer from Major Depressive Disorder, you might struggle daily with deep feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and emotional pain. If you think you could have serious depression, contact the experts at Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates LLC for diagnosis and information about your treatment options....

What Happens During a Psych Evaluation? Jan 21st, 2021

Psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, more commonly known as “psych evals,” are used to determine a patient’s mental state and guide recommendations for the best treatment. You might wonder if you could benefit from a psychiatric evaluation, or a loved one may be in need of psychiatric treatment. If you or a...

Healthy Sleep Habits to Commit to for the New Year Dec 20th, 2020

Lots of people make New Year’s Resolutions involving better health. You might decide to cut back on unhealthy foods, quit smoking, or go to the doctor more regularly. But have you thought about committing to healthier sleep habits? You might not know about just how much the quality of your...

Mental Health and the Holidays: Common Struggles and What to Do About Them Nov 10th, 2020

Many people find themselves dealing with increased mental health troubles around the holiday season. The combination of early nightfall, social pressure, and personal memories can even get to people who don’t experience mental health struggles year-round; and for those who do, symptoms may be renewed or intensified.  This year, the...

Benefits of Pharmacogenetic Testing Oct 7th, 2020

We all inherit genes from our parents. Genes can be passed down from either your mother or your father, coming together to form the strands of your own unique DNA. Your genetics affect everything from your eye color to your predisposition to certain medical conditions. Your genetics also control how...

Does ADHD Last into Adulthood? Sep 17th, 2020

Learning that you or a loved one has been diagnosed with any sort of physical or mental health condition can be frightening. It can be even more unsettling when you don’t know what to expect from the years to come. Fortunately, you have a team of mental health experts ready...

How to Support a Loved One Through Grief Aug 18th, 2020

You never want to see someone you love and care for suffer through heartache and grief, but it can often be difficult to know what to say or how to help. That’s where our experts come in. We want to be your partner in seeing your friends and family through...

Recognizing the Signs of Dementia Jul 22nd, 2020

You’ve spent your life creating memories with loved ones and storing them away to cherish forever, and you look forward to being present for many more to come. Losing even a small piece of your ability to experience and remember the best parts of life can be tragic. That’s why...

Tips for Handling Overwhelming Stress Jun 24th, 2020

Battling overwhelming stress can feel like a lonely battle. This is far from the truth. Approximately 74% of people experience such extreme stress they are unable to cope. What’s worse is that only a small percentage of that population will seek help and guidance.  At Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates, Dr....

5 Most Common Behavioral Issues May 27th, 2020

Behavior disorders can greatly impact a person’s life. Whether you’ve been diagnosed since a child, are concerned about warning signs in a loved one, or are recognizing symptoms in your own life, the best way to treat a behavioral disorder is to be fully informed.  Our team of experts led...

What's Included in a Psychiatric Evaluation? Apr 20th, 2020

More and more people are seeking out psychiatric care each year. The push for receiving mental health has grown exponentially, but what does it mean to see a psychiatrist? It’s best to know what to anticipate before sitting down with one of our experts.  Our team of psychiatric professionals at...

Custom Insomnia Solutions So You Can Get Back to Sleep Mar 2nd, 2020

When you toss and turn in the middle of the night suffering from your chronic insomnia, you might feel alone in your struggle. However, you’re actually among the 25% of people who develop insomnia during their lifetime. The even better news is that 75% of those individuals have found relief...

4 Signs of PTSD Feb 6th, 2020

Approximately one out of 11 people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime. PTSD can be life-altering and even debilitating, but there’s hope in treatment and management strategies.  Our team at Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates specializes in psychiatric care, including PTSD.  Overview of PTSD PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder,...

How Millennium PGTSM Pharmacogenetic Testing Helps Predict Your Response to Certain Medications Jan 1st, 2020

If you suffer from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, or another mental health condition, you may have experienced the challenging trial-and-error process involved in finding a prescription drug that’s right for you. Just when you think you’ve discovered an appropriate solution, you find you’re dizzy and lightheaded during the third...

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Is Highly Effective in Remedying Insomnia Dec 1st, 2019

It’s normal to have problems sleeping from time to time, but if the problems continue and aren’t resolved quickly, it can turn into a condition called insomnia. If you’re someone who has insomnia, falling asleep or staying asleep is difficult and makes you irritable and exhausted.  Our expert team at...

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: How It Can Help You Nov 1st, 2019

Marked by long periods of unexplained sadness, a lack of interest in people and activities you once enjoyed, and in some cases, even pain, depression is one of the most prevalent mental health issues in America. It shows up as chronic fatigue, irritability, lack of appetite, decreased interest in sex,...

When Does Anxiety Require Medical Intervention? Oct 1st, 2019

Stress has a bad reputation — but it’s only partially deserved. In small doses, it serves a very important purpose. It alerts you to danger and gives you a sense of urgency, which is commonly known as the fight-or-flight response. But if it’s continuous and left unchecked, stress can lead...

5 Symptoms Not Commonly Associated with Depression that Should Not Go Unchecked Sep 18th, 2019

Major depressive disorder, often called depression, is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States, affecting more than 17 million people, which is a little more than 7% of the adult population. Unfortunately, thanks to the stigma surrounding the disorder and lack of general knowledge, many sufferers...