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Patricia Escudero Rotman, Ph. D., LCSW, Clinical Psychologist (Arg.)

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Are you Addicted?

You may be addicted to:

• Internet
• Gambling
• Excessive planning
• Video games
• TV Dating
• Pornography
• Extreme physical activity

Addictions have some similarities but also some differences. Some like alcohol have a genetic predisposition and are progressive by nature. You may be using your addiction to numb your distressing feelings (e.g. boredom, loneliness, anxiety). Something that was initially used as a recreation or a short term relief may sometimes become your usual way to cope with life.

You may now wonder: “So what if I am doing this to numb my feelings? Life is so difficult!”. The problem is that you may be having negative consequences of your addiction. It is very likely that you may be minimizing these consequences or maybe even be in total denial of their existence. Often times, other people in your life are negatively impacted, keep complaining and ask you to get some professional help.

How I treat Addictions:

We will work together to find the best approach to address your specific addiction. You will decide whether your initial treatment goal will be abstinence (e.g. alcohol problem) or harm reduction. We will make a cost benefit analysis of your addiction as well as identify your own specific internal and external triggers.

One of my patients named Megan used marihuana to stop herself from obsessing about her problems. I provided her with a set of techniques that helped her to relax without drugs. She also realized the disadvantages of her marihuana use (e.g. panic attacks, feelings of guilt, wasting money, memory problems). Her internal and external triggers were loneliness and going to bars frequented by drug dealers. Megan was able to overcome her addiction using both individual and couples sessions. She was advised to attend Narcotic Anonymous meetings (NA) but she preferred to only do therapy as she felt highly uncomfortable sharing her problems in groups. Megan has been in recovery now for five years.

 

 

 

  • Help for Couples

    Are you unhappy in your relationship?

    Can you relate to any of these problems? :

    • What attracted you to your partner, now irritates you.

    • One of you is ready to make a further commitment, while the other one is ambivalent or is “backing off”.

    • You both have totally different(...)

  • Finding and Keeping Love

    Are you looking for a loving and lasting relationship?

    Have you ever had these thoughts or feelings?

    • I will never find a good relationship.
    • Nobody that I like will like me.
    • I keep on choosing the wrong partner!
    • I should accept that I will be single for life.
    • My (...)

  • Depression Treatment

    Depression is one type of Mood Disorders (others are Dysthymia and Bipolar Disorders). Severe depression or Major Depressive Disorder (scientific name) is characterized by a intense sadness and lack of pleasure in activities that were previously enjoyable (e.g. movies, hobbies)(...)


  • Are you Anxious?

    Can you relate to any of these symptoms?

    • Chronic worry about “anything and everything”

    • Social Anxiety related to:

    a) participating in small groups
    b) dealing with authority figures (e.g. bosses, professors, doctors)
    c) meeting strangers
    d) fear of public speaking

    • Pani(...)

  • Are you Addicted?

    You may be addicted to:

    • Internet
    • Gambling
    • Excessive planning
    • Video games
    • TV Dating
    • Pornography
    • Extreme physical activity

    Addictions have some similarities but also some differences. Some like alcohol have a genetic predisposition and are progressive (...)