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Re: Really bad anxiety, can't afford therapy
Assuming you have health insurance, you should talk to your physician and/or get a referral to a psychiatrist. Also, the UC Berkeley Psychology Dept. operates a low-cost clinic in which graduate students in clinical psychology work with clients under the supervision of licensed clinical psychologists (642-2055; http://psychology.berkeley.edu/resources/clinic.html). Their fees are very reasonable. The type of anxiety problems you are experiencing are often very successfully treated with medication and/or behavior therapy. Good luck! Liz O.
Re: Couples Counseling
The Couples Clinic at University of California, Berkeley is offering low-cost, short-term therapy to a limited number of couples. Our approach is based on the latest research on marital relationships. We will help you and your partner to communicate openly, resolve your disagreements positively, and cope with negative emotions. Dealing with these issues now is an investment in the future of your marriage and the well-being of your children. Your marriage is too important to put on hold. The Psychology Clinic is open to all Bay Area residents and offers affordable fees. For more information, call (510)642-2055.
The Psychology Clinic is open to all Bay Area residents and offers affordable fees. For more information, call (510)642-2055. (Dec 2001)
Re: ADHD resources
In reponse to the family moving to Berkeley this summer who has a child with ADD (and some information for other families on this network, especially who may have a child with "attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder") - there are several projects and a clinic run by the Hinshaw research group (Dr. Steve Hinshaw) located at the Institute of Human Development in Tolman Hall on campus that may be able to offer a lot of support.
In addition to support and counseling for those involved in a research project, they run a summer camp (July & Aug. I think) which is free to those accepted, and open to both kids with and without ADHD. For the past 5-6 years, there has been a camp open only to boys between 6-12. Next summer they are starting the first summer camp in the nation specifically for girls with ADHD. (I think the age range is the same, and it is also open to girls without the disorder.)The person to contact is Dr. Brian Zupan at 643-0373, or bazupan at cmsa.berkeley.edu.
I don't have any specific information about their projects, but their office number is 643-7716.
Regarding testing for ADHD: Check out the UCB Psychology Clinic. I had one of my kids tested there and was pleased with the thoroughness. Also, Steve Hinshaw, a national authority on ADHD, is routinely consulted regarding possible ADHD diagnosis. He seems cautious and takes into consideration varying complex issues in child's life before making an ADHD diagnosis.
Professor Stephen Hinshaw and Brian Zupan in the School of Education here have been studying ADD-diagnosed boys for several years and have run Summer Enrichment camps to assist boys in their socialization processes. This past summer, Hinshaw and Zupan got a grant to begin to study girls and they are the first in the country to study ADD-diagnosed girls in this fashion. It's a blind study, with half the girls non-ADD diagnosed. They offered 5 weeks of summer daycamp in Berkeley and it was terrific. How do I know? My daughter was in the program! She loved it and cried when it was over. The grant is for another two summers, and we can't apply again since they want new girls to study each summer. Look for the ad in the summer camps issue of Parents Press when it comes out (April?), or contact the School of Education next spring. It takes a bit of doing to get in--lots of forms to fill out, and then a second level of being interviewed and so forth. Apparently over 1,000 families applied for 80 spots this past time. But, well worth it if you get in (also, being grant-funded, the daycamp is free).
The reason I especially wanted to mention this is it seems likely that there may be studies or public information that Hinshaw and Zupan can share--especially about boys, since they have completed a 5 year study of ADD-diagnosed boys.
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