Autism and Medical & Psychiatric Conditions

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often concurrently presents with other psychiatric disorders and medical conditions (this is referred to as comorbidity). Although estimations vary, 10% of children and young adults with ASD are estimated to present with at least one medical condition such as seizures, gastrointestinal issues, and auditory disorders and related infections (Kohane, 2012). Studies […] Continue reading

Equitable and Comprehensive Autism Testing

Written by Dr. Irma Campos, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist Background on Autism and Prevalence Rate Among Diverse Groups Autism Spectrum Disorder (also referred to as ASD) is a Neurodevelopmental Disorder hypothesized to develop as a result of interactive genetic/biological and environment factors. It is considered a mental disorder, per the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical […] Continue reading

How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Fully Treats Anxiety, Panic, and Phobias

Anxiety disorders, including Panic Disorder, Specific Phobias, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder are the most common mental disorders in the United States (see https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/anxiety-disorders/what-are-anxiety-disorders). They impact individuals of diverse racial/ethnic, sexual orientation, gender identity, and socioeconomic sociocultural groups (note: notable mental health disparities exist that we will discuss in other articles). Cognitive Behavioral […] Continue reading

ACT Therapy for Anxiety Disorders

Article By Dr. Irma Campos, Ph.D. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Hayes, 2004) is a behavioral therapy has helped children, teens, and adults address anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, externalizing behaviors, ADHD, high functioning Autism, and other mental health concerns. ACT therapy has been found to effectively treat a range of anxiety disorders, including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, […] Continue reading

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for ADHD or ADD

Written by Dr. Campos, Ph.D. What is CBT? Cognitive Behavior Therapy, or CBT, is a time-limited, goal-oriented, and evidence-based therapy that proposes that maladaptive (or unhelpful) thinking styles can lead to unhelpful, recurrent emotional states, actions, and mental disorders. CBT also theoretically incorporates behavior therapy or behaviorism principles. These principles include identifying the antecedents and […] Continue reading

Why Early Autism Diagnosis and Treatment Matters

Written by: Dr. Campos, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Psychological research continues to support the importance of an early Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis and treatment (Reichow & Wolery, 2009). Autism Spectrum Disorder is one of the fastest growing disabilities, and it is defined as a neurodevelopmental or neurobiological disorder characterized by social-communication deficits and restricted, […] Continue reading

Enhancing Employees’ Mental Health: What Workplaces Can Do

Article Written By Irma Campos, PH.D. In addition to the financial and physical health implications, psychological research has determined that COVID-19 has contributed to negative mental health symptomatology. A recent national survey in late June 2020 revealed that an astounding 40% of U.S. adults reported negative mental health symptoms (e.g., depression, anxiety, suicidality, substance abuse), […] Continue reading

Three Research-based Ways to Enhance Psychological Wellbeing

  By Dr. Irma Campos, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist and Leadership Coach/Consultant “The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a designation.” -Dr. Carl R. Rogers, Humanistic Psychologist Psychological wellbeing (PWB) can be defined as a multidimensional construct of positive human functioning that includes high levels of life […] Continue reading

A Guide to the ADOS 2 for Autism Assessment

  Written by Dr. Irma Campos, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist Autism Spectrum Disorder (also referred to as Autism) is an often misunderstood Neurodevelopmental Disorder that presents at an early developmental stage. Neurodevelopmental Disorders are defined as mental disorders that present in early development and are associated with social, academic/vocational, and physical impairments in functioning across settings […] Continue reading

Conditions Associated With Autism Spectrum Disorder

By Interface Consulting and Psychological Services Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which affects between one and two percent of the population according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC Data & Statistics on Autism Spectrum Disorder), is commonly known as Autism. ASD is associated with a variety of other conditions. In this article, we’ll be going […] Continue reading