From Our Experts

Mental Health Topics Discussed
by Members of Our Expert Staff

Four Winds Saratoga is pleased to offer this page that is dedicated to sharing the knowledge of our staff with our online community.  We hope these articles will educate, inspire and help guide you to a broader understanding and acceptance of mental health issues.   Check back here regularly for new articles written by our clinical team.

"Kids These Days"

Author: Christopher Mosca, MHC
            Therapist, Child and Adolescent Services

It is true that the adolescent experience has changed "since you were a kid".  However, the process of going through adolescence remains the same.  As you work to understand and connect with your teenager, can you tell the difference between independence and rebellion?  This article looks at typical vs. atypical adolescent behavior, and helps us understand when we should be concerned and how to intervene.
Published: June 26, 2018

"Seasonal Affective Disorder"

Author: Maureen Mangine, RN
            Nurse Manager, Adult Inpatient Services

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that occurs at the same time each year, usually during the winter months. This article will help to answer several questions including:  Do I Have SAD? and What are the Causes?  In addition, treatment suggestions and coping skills are offered.
Published: November 16, 2017

"The Joy and Pain of Back-to-School"

Author: Joseph Commisso, Ph.D.
Director of Child and Adolescent Services

The beginning of the school year can be a joy and/or a pain. While many look forward to getting back to a schedule; others may fear the struggles of homework and morning battles. This article discusses some strategies to help families who struggle with back- to- school issues.
Published: October 6, 2017

"Emotion Regulation"

Author: Theresa Kirchhoff, MS
            Therapist, Adult Inpatient Services

Emotions, though necessary, can often be overwhelming. Sometimes it may feel as though our emotions are controlling us. This article discusses several Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) concepts for helping patients understand how thoughts and behaviors contribute to their emotions as well as skills to help them better regulate emotions.
Published: August 30, 2017

"Teens and Technology: Roles, Responsibilities
and Developing Healthy Habits"

Author: Adam Karazuba, LMSW
Therapist, Child and Adolescent Services

Technology and social media are here to stay; therefore, it is important for all of us to learn how to manage the electronic world in which we live. This article gives some specific ideas about how to help children learn about the safe, appropriate and healthy use of technology.
Published: July 12, 2017

"Understanding Addiction as a Treatable Disease"

Author: Jillian Goldfine, MS.Ed., LMHC, CASAC
Therapist and Treatment Coordinator,
            Adult Partial and Intensive Outpatient Programs

People with addiction concerns have a disease, and similar to other diseases, they can and do recover with the right combination of support and treatment services. This article talks about the disease model of addiction and the types of therapy found to be most effective in treating the disease. 
Published: June 5, 2017

"What's Right With Me? The Virtues of Positive Psychology"

Author: Joseph Commisso, Ph.D.
Director of Child and Adolescent Services

Positive Psychology is a relatively new and robust field of Psychology that focuses on strengths as well as weaknesses, building on the best things in our lives not just repairing the worst, and the virtues that enable people to thrive and improve well-being.  This article talks about the use of Positive Psychology within a therapist office, at home, and in school. 
Published: May 5, 2017


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