Maladaptive behaviors are behaviors adopted as you are trying to reduce anxiety or avoid certain feelings. These behaviors inhibit your ability to adjust to particular situations and are never good. Adopting these behaviors may happen so slowly and inadvertently you may not notice the dangers they pose in your life. Maladaptive behaviors are dysfunctional and non-productive. They may provide temporary relief from an anxiety disorder but they do not address the real problem. If left untreated these behaviors will make the problem causing you stress and anxiety even worse. If you experience anxiety disorder or panic attacks you may be coping incorrectly and you need to seek help.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a short-term and hands-on way to solve problems that are holding you back. We challenge any irrational beliefs that are causing emotional problems. Through behavior modification, we can adjust your maladaptive thinking and any self-destructive tendencies. Psychotherapy can replace your bad habits with good ones. Treatment can help you cope with difficult situations confidently. When we change the way you think, we change the way you feel.

A fear of social situations or interacting with people outside your close friends and family is a common cause of anxiety. Social anxiety can have a detrimental effect on your daily life and lead to maladaptive behaviors. Our social anxiety counseling will help you overcome the fear of stepping out of your comfort zone. You can be brave, confident and prepared when stressful situations arise.

Other maladaptive behaviors may include obsessions or continual, unwanted thoughts. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) comes with an array of different, irrational behaviors. Sometimes these behaviors serve no purpose other than calming anxieties you feel when you don’t give into impulses. When these obsessions and compulsions interfere with your daily functioning, a therapist or mental health professional can help. Together you’ll learn to manage anxieties and impulses and control the internal struggles you feel.

Eating disorders and food issues cover a vast range of maladaptive behaviors with harmful physical and psychological effects. Your relationship with food can quickly spiral out of control if left unchecked. Overeating, under-eating,  and compulsive exercising are issued a therapist can address to get you to healthy connections with your mind and body. With psychotherapy, you can return to where your appetite and hunger dictate your wholesome eating cycles.

At Nugent we provide you with many adaptive skills to meet the demands of your environment. Anxieties may continue to arise, but you’ll be prepared to cope and thrive.