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Dr. Teresa Y. Chapa-Cantu

Psychologist

Dr. Teresa Chapa-Cantu is a psychologist practicing in Harlingen, Texas. Dr. Chapa-Cantu specializes in the treatment of health mental problems, and helps people to cope with their mental illnesses. As a psychologist, Dr. Chapa-Cantu evaluates and treats patients through a variety of methods, most typically being psychotherapy or talk therapy. Patients usually visit Dr. Chapa-Cantu because they have been experiencing depression, anxiety, stress or anger for a significant period of time and are seeking help. Psychologists may perform a variety of exams and assessments to diagnose a mental condition.
Dr. Teresa Y. Chapa-Cantu
  • Harlingen, Texas
  • BS in Psychology at University of Texas
  • Accepting new patients

Can one start showing symptoms of ADHD as an adult?

No. One of the diagnostic criteria is that the symptoms existed in childhood, prior to age 12. However, they may have existed and not been noticed by the person or others as such. READ MORE
No. One of the diagnostic criteria is that the symptoms existed in childhood, prior to age 12. However, they may have existed and not been noticed by the person or others as such. When in doubt, speak with a mental health professional.

Teresa Y. Chapa-Cantu, Ph.D.

My sister had a car accident last month. What can we do to help her?

Hello, It sounds as if your sister is traumatized. She will likely require professional assistance to help her work through the trauma. The avoidance of the feared situation READ MORE
Hello,

It sounds as if your sister is traumatized. She will likely require professional assistance to help her work through the trauma. The avoidance of the feared situation is a symptom of the trauma, but also does not help her with healing. You can help by being patient with her, supportive and encouraging her to see a psychotherapist trained in trauma treatments, such as Prolonged exposure, Cognitive Processing, or EMDR.

Teresa Y. Chapa-Cantu, Ph.D.

My 17 Year Old Daughter Has Bulimia.

Bulimia is dangerous and can cause physical health problems. The first thing is to get her to a physician and have her evaluation for any health conditions. Second, it is important READ MORE
Bulimia is dangerous and can cause physical health problems. The first thing is to get her to a physician and have her evaluation for any health conditions. Second, it is important to get her some help with a psychologist or treatment facility that has experience with eating disorders. Bulimia is usually more about her sense of lack of control than about weight. But, body image may be a concern to be addressed. Relationships are very important to be considered in therapy.

I burst into frequent crying spells. Is it a sign of depression?

Hello, this could be a sign of depression or anxiety. I recommend you see both your primary doctor and a mental health professional with a license.

How do I get over the loss of my father?

There is no formal timeline for grieving, and just one month is very recent. It can help to establish a daily routine, but also give yourself permission to grieve. If you are struggling READ MORE
There is no formal timeline for grieving, and just one month is very recent. It can help to establish a daily routine, but also give yourself permission to grieve. If you are struggling a great deal it would be a good idea to speak with a mental health professional.

Is fear of closed spaces a real disorder?

Yes it is a disorder (Specific Phobia is the term). It could be the space or the fact that it moves up (heights). It would be important to take her to a mental health profession READ MORE
Yes it is a disorder (Specific Phobia is the term). It could be the space or the fact that it moves up (heights). It would be important to take her to a mental health profession who works with children with anxiety.

My wife is scared of having sex. How can I help her overcome this fear?

I would recommend she see a psychologist for this "fear" after biological problems have been ruled out by a physician.

Could there be another reason for my breathlessness or is it anxiety?

Checking with your physician is always the first recommendation. After you are cleared, then consider seeing a mental health professional.

What causes negative thoughts in a person?

If you can catch it, you can change it. We choose our thoughts when we pay attention. You see how 'negative' thoughts affect our mood. Likewise, positive thoughts also affect our READ MORE
If you can catch it, you can change it. We choose our thoughts when we pay attention. You see how 'negative' thoughts affect our mood. Likewise, positive thoughts also affect our mood. It is a clinical problem when it interferes with your life (relationships, work, sleep, etc.)

What is the reason for panic attacks?

I would encourage your sister to get treatment. Would she rather have fear and do nothing (so nothing changes or even worsens)? Or have fear AND the possibility of getting better READ MORE
I would encourage your sister to get treatment. Would she rather have fear and do nothing (so nothing changes or even worsens)? Or have fear AND the possibility of getting better by seeking treatment? You can't do anything unless she is willing to do something.

I feel hungry all the time. Is it a psychological problem?

This could be both biological and psychological. I would encourage you to see a nutritionist and a mental health professional trained with eating disorders.

Does the treatment for depression have to be continuous?

Not necessarily and a family is good mental health treatment!

Is anxiety disorder normal with aging?

We diagnose based on if symptoms are interfering with life (job, relationships, mental functioning). Since it sounds like your father is struggling and it is interfering with his READ MORE
We diagnose based on if symptoms are interfering with life (job, relationships, mental functioning). Since it sounds like your father is struggling and it is interfering with his life, then it would be considered a problem and worth seeking assistance.

*Teresa Y. Chapa-Cantu, Ph.D.*

Is there a link between loss of appetite and depression?

Possibly, however as there are a multitude of possibilities, it is important to address this with his physicians first.

is 18 yr old with asd eligible for ssdi?

This is best answered by someone in the Social Security office.

I have OCD with an intense fear of sleep. How can I make peace with falling asleep?

I strongly urge you to seek professional counseling (licensed) from someone trained in managing anxiety symptoms.

Is biofeedback helpful?

Yes. Biofeedback monitors the stress response our bodies have, and can alert you to a decrease/increase in this response. So, its aim is to monitor this while you learn relaxation READ MORE
Yes. Biofeedback monitors the stress response our bodies have, and can alert you to a decrease/increase in this response. So, its aim is to monitor this while you learn relaxation techniques to decrease your stress response (and of course your stress level).


Teresa Y. Chapa-Cantu, Ph.D.

Sudden mental fatigue--what can it be?

Speak with a qualified therapist, as this could begin to affect your job.

Can my psychologist talk to anyone else about me?

There are 3 limits to confidentiality: threat of harm to self or others; abuse or neglect; and legal proceedings with a subpoena or services involving a court order. Otherwise, READ MORE
There are 3 limits to confidentiality: threat of harm to self or others; abuse or neglect; and legal proceedings with a subpoena or services involving a court order. Otherwise, confidentiality is assured and an adult must give written permission for their therapist to share information about you with anyone else.

Nightmares stopped but have returned. What can I do?

Do I need therapy again? Seems like some symptoms have returned, and I would recommend this. Were all my therapy results "undone"? Not necessarily, but life circumstances and READ MORE
Do I need therapy again? Seems like some symptoms have returned, and I would recommend this.
Were all my therapy results "undone"? Not necessarily, but life circumstances and situations change and challenge us on new levels.