Sports can serve as an incredible outlet that promotes both physical and mental health. However, the self-induced and external pressures involved can lead to psychological issues.
I have worked with athletes in several capacities:
Treating an Athlete who Suffers from Psychiatric Symptoms
(such as depression, anxiety, ADHD etc.)
Participating in sports often provides a healthy source of self-esteem and self-identity. If an athlete is no longer able to compete in a sport that they love due to a psychiatric condition, their symptoms can intensify. Whether the treatment involves medications, psychotherapy or both, the potential impact on the athlete's ability to compete is taken into consideration.
Assessing and Treating an Athlete with Behavioral Issues
Sometimes an athlete is able to performing amazing well on the court or field, but isn't performing well in life. They might get into frequent conflicts with teammates, coaches or the law. My background in Forensic Psychiatry allows me to assess these individuals to determine whether the behavior is indicative of a long-standing pattern that will be difficult to break or more indicative of a one-time error in judgement that could be used as a learning experience. These evaluations can be requested by the athlete who finds that they are having difficulty in the recruitment/draft process and who wants an evaluation to hopefully reassure administrators and coaches. These evaluations can also be requested by the school athletic administrators or teams that want the athlete's skills, but are concerned about the individual’s problem behavior.
Maximizing Sports Performance
Sports have as much of a psychological component as a physical one. Sometimes an athlete's or team's performance declines due to psychological reasons. Through an assessment and treatment, the psychological causes can be addressed, for the individual or the team, in order for maximum potential to be achieved.