Dr. Nona Owens - Psychologist
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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.

Histrionic Personality Disorder

Histrionic Personality Disorder
Do you know any attention seekers who also wants to be the center of attention? Then, you might be dealing with someone with histrionic personality disorder. I'll give you a few more symptoms, and if the person you know has at least five of them, they would meet the diagnosis. Now, don't be an armchair psychologist, as this is just for fun and not meant for you to hang out your shingle and go to treating them.

Those who are histrionic are often referred to as a "drama queen" because of the emotionalality and attention seeking.

Understanding Anger

Anger is a strange thing.  It is an easy emotion to show, and often a difficult one to control.  Anger often is a symptom of something else.  It can go hand in hand with depression.  Yes, people who are depressed often show a good bit of anger.  They can express anger when they can't deal with the sadness that is going on within.
When I worked as a psychologist at our state training school I often dealt with angry boys.  Underneath they were hurt, damaged kids who were often striking out at the world when what they needed was love, understanding, and someone to validate them as a human being.

Pickles And Alcoholics

You Might Be Surprised At How They Are Alike
While I work as a licensed psychologist, I enjoy some of my "play time" writing.  I interact with other writers online, and I write posts for my blog here on my website. 
Yesterday, I decided to begin a series of educational articles on one of the online websites I write for, Bubblews.  The series is to educate others on the dangers of problem drinking, or alcoholism.  To kick off this series, I started it with a story about what alcoholics and pickles have in common.

The Other Side of Therapy: Things You Might Not Know

Things You Might Not Know
A licensed mental health therapist or counselor may have one or more titles. They may be a psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social worker, licensed professional counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist, or a nurse practitioner with a specialty in mental health care. The ways therapy is conducted overlaps among the profession, yet differs in others.  
Psychiatrist and nurse practitioners are the only ones who can prescribe medication, except in a few states where psychologist with additional training can also prescribe certain drugs for mental health care.

Judging Ourself

Don't Let It Be Another Method of Self-Harm
As a practicing psychologist in the Clinton and Jackson, Mississippi Metropolitan area, I often see people who come in with a list of all the negative things they see in themselves. They focus on how they feel they aren't good enough, or how they think others perceive them as not worthy of a relationship with them.  Their self-confidence is so poor that it interferes with their friendships and their professional goals.

Stuffing Feelings Causes Unhealthy Behavior

    Living LIfe in a Jack-In-The-Box
Recently, in working with people in various types of crisis, I've come to realize that the way many live their life is akin to living inside a Jack-In-The-Box. 
It is human nature to avoid pain.  Life on life's terms can bring pain into our life.  Whether it is through growing up in a home rife with abuse, abandonment, substance abuse, or toxic parents, emotional pain comes with the territory.

The Death Of A Marriage

      Thoughts From A Psychologist
No relationship is ever perfect. Some problems come and go, others crop up, and some just lay there until the marriage is breathing its last breath. As a psychologist in the Jackson, Ms.Metro area who offers marriage counseling in my practice, I have an opportunity to see common problems in marriages that slowly eat away at the relationship. There are three major problems I see that, when worked on by both parties, can help breathe new life into a marriage.

Survival While Living With Someone Who Has Borderline Personality Disorder

Survival While Living With Someone Who Has Borderline Personality Disorder
 Has someone important to you in your life been diagnosed as having Borderline Personality Disorder, and you feel that you are walking on a tight rope with them?  Are you neglecting your own mental health to care for them?  If so, I encourage you to read this article I wrote which was published on Associated Content.  It is aimed at helping you live in harmony with someone who has Borderline Personality Disorder.

Adult ADHD

A Mississippi Psychologist's Concern
Someone asked me recently if there was an increase in Adult ADHD.  I don't think there is.  I believe there is just more attention being paid to this, and more people seeking out assistance now than before.  Many people are using this to better succeed in business and in their personal relationships.
Parents and schools are making it easier for children with ADHD to be properly diagnosed and treated.  But what about adults?