Dr. Nona Owens - Psychologist
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Mood And ADHD Medication

MOOD AND ADHD MEDICATION

Many look at medication to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, better know as ADHD, as a cure all for problems they are dealing with.  While it does help many people, others experience new problems that they are not expecting.  I would like to share problems that some of the people I work with have experienced.

Adderall and Concerta, drugs commonly prescribed for ADHD are the ones I have seen people experience emotional changes, although there may be others.

WHEN A RELATIONSHIP BECOMES AN ADDICTION


WHEN A RELATIONSHIP BECOMES.
AN ADDICTION

My work as a therapist often brings in people for counseling who presents with symptoms of anxiety and depression.  There is often much more to the story, and it is not uncommon for relationship problems to be involved.

What I have observed is that some of these relationships go to a different level of unhealthy.  It can become an addiction for some.  

Just as one may drink, drug, or gamble when one knows it is harmful to them and others, they continue.

Why Blame Me: Defensive Fighting In Relationships

WHY BLAME ME?

DEFENSIVE FIGHTING IN RELATIONSHIPS


One thing I have learned to expect when counseling couples in my practice of psychology is that blame is often deflected onto the other person.  

The psychological term for this falls under "Defense Mechanisms".
And, while it is common in many, it can be an unhealthy way of dealing with problems.

How many times have you heard a conversation (or been involved in one) where a problem is stated by one, only to have the conversation change to "But you do.

The Importance Of Trust


THE IMPORTANCE OF TRUST

When it comes to relationships, trust is a vital part of developing and maintaining one.  Whether this deals with a personal or professional relationship, trust is important.  

Children learn to trust when they are small.  They depend on their parents and other adults to be there for them.  Unfortunately, many also learn at an early age that trust can also be broken.  As one matures, the way they see the world and others helps build or destroy trust.

Anger Management: Overcoming Anger

ANGER MANAGEMENT:OVERCOMING ANGER



As a practicing psychologist I get calls from people on a regular basis who are dealing with anger.  The calls ask for programs for anger management.  Many make the call because they are forced into therapy by the court or a family member. They often aren't looking at the danger of anger to them.  Yes, it can do harm to the mind and body.

When one is angry they are focusing on feelings toward another person or thing.  They are letting others control their emotions.

Is This The Problem With Your Relationship?

IS THIS THE PROBLEM WITH YOUR RELATIONSHIP?

Any time a person enters into a relationship with other their personality traits have a lot to do with how the relationship will play out.  One problem for many is the issue of "right fighting".
Have you heard that term before.  If not, it might be something that might be helpful to you.

Right fighting happens when there is the need to always be right.  There is no give and take in a discussion, or in others situations as well.  It is extremely hard to have a conversation with a "right fighter".

Rethinking Insecurity

RETHINKING INSECURITY

As a practicing psychologist in Clinton, Mississippi, I often have people consult with me who are dealing with depression, as well as battling insecurities in their life.  They don't have a good view of what is going on with them, often seeing only the negative.  

Sitting back, looking into their life from a different perspective, I find a pattern.  Often, they are programmed to think this way by others.  Over-critical parents, or those with their own emotional issues can cause this type thinking.

How Healthy Is Your Relationship For You?

.HOW HEALTHY IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP FOR YOU?



Is your relationship making you sick? Are you an enabler? Could it be that the behaviors of the person you love is causing you stress, or making you sad?  

It is not uncommon for those in a relationship to become so enmeshed with the behaviors of others that they lose their own identity.  Trying to "fix" others, or assume responsibility for their unhealthy behaviors causes emotional pain.  Enabling others, rather than requiring them to take responsibility for their own actions drags one into the drama and unhealthy lifestyle.

Do You Feel Like Your Life Is Caught In A Hamster Wheel?

DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOUR LIFE IS CAUGHT IN A HAMSTER WHEEL?

THERAPY CAN HELP GET YOU OUT



As a psychologist with a private practice in Clinton, Mississippi, I see people who come in with a variety of problems.  Some of the more common ones are anxiety, depression, or relationship problems.  For many, there seems to be a common theme with the way they handle what is going on in their life.

Have you ever watched a hamster play in one of those little toy wheels?  They run and they run, and the harder they run, the faster they go.

The Shell Around You

            THE SHELL AROUND YOU     

                       Thoughts On The Inner Self


I dare say that a walk on the beach will entice one to stop and admire the shells that wash up with the tide.  We admire the beauty, but don't stop to think of the life that once lived in them.

Now, think of the people around you.  It may be hard to look past the outer "shell" to what is inside.