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Dr. Camille Ference, PHD

Psychologist

Dr. Camille Ference PHD is a top Psychologist in Oak Park, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Camille Ference PHD is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Camille Ference PHD is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Camille Ference PHD is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Oak Park, IL, Dr. Camille Ference PHD is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
Dr. Camille Ference, PHD
  • Oak Park, Illinois
  • Accepting new patients

How serious can anorexia be?

Left untreated, the condition can result in some very negative outcomes, such as the body beginning to shut down. Often, an individual with this condition suffers from low self-esteem READ MORE
Left untreated, the condition can result in some very negative outcomes, such as the body beginning to shut down. Often, an individual with this condition suffers from low self-esteem and has no control over circumstances in their life and focuses on body issues as a means of validating who they are. It needs treatment before she totally de-compensates.

I crave sugar, is it a problem?

Sugar can be very addicting, plus a yo-yo effect occurs, i.e., blood sugar rises and then drops, requiring continuous reinforcement. Nutritious meals should be scheduled to decrease READ MORE
Sugar can be very addicting, plus a yo-yo effect occurs, i.e., blood sugar rises and then drops, requiring continuous reinforcement. Nutritious meals should be scheduled to decrease the energy reliance on sugar. A medical check-up is required to determine if hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia exists while establishing no other medical problems like diabetes or other endocrine problems.

What is masked depression?

Masked depression is a diagnosis for subconscious thoughts/feelings that cause or contribute to an individual's overall feelings of worthiness. It can be manifested by excessive READ MORE
Masked depression is a diagnosis for subconscious thoughts/feelings that cause or contribute to an individual's overall feelings of worthiness. It can be manifested by excessive sleeping, isolation, overeating, overspending, etc., to validate a sense of worth or purpose.

Would I be able to cure my depression with just exercise?

Exercise helps to raise the dopamine in the body, which affects moods. Certain foods like dark chocolate can also be beneficial. Mindfulness is a big criterion for ascertaining READ MORE
Exercise helps to raise the dopamine in the body, which affects moods. Certain foods like dark chocolate can also be beneficial. Mindfulness is a big criterion for ascertaining what are the contributing factors causing the depression. Our attitudes, values, and behaviors influence and/or dictate how we perceive ourselves within our environment and respond to circumstances.

Can counseling help my husband's behavior?

Yes, counseling could help to identify the underlying stress and frustration an individual is experiencing. With this knowledge and information, access coping skills and determine READ MORE
Yes, counseling could help to identify the underlying stress and frustration an individual is experiencing. With this knowledge and information, access coping skills and determine the need to acquire helpful strategies to identify the feelings with an appropriate or desired outcome.

My wife is experiencing postpartum depression. How can I help her in the recovery process?

Postpartum depression is hormonal with situational factors contributing to the intensity of the feelings. With the birth of a child, a woman's role and perception of self changes. READ MORE
Postpartum depression is hormonal with situational factors contributing to the intensity of the feelings. With the birth of a child, a woman's role and perception of self changes. Sometimes the depression can be endogenous, meaning the individual can be predisposed genetically to this condition. As a husband, be supportive emotionally to the transitions your wife is adjusting to. Be encouraging and supportive.

My wife is a shopaholic. Is it a mental problem?

Shopping excessively can be an addiction used to compensate for masked depression. It's a form of obsessive/compulsive behavior needing to be modified. Before it causes havoc in READ MORE
Shopping excessively can be an addiction used to compensate for masked depression. It's a form of obsessive/compulsive behavior needing to be modified. Before it causes havoc in a relationship, financial problems, etc. It's a form of overcompensating as a means of avoiding or refusing to address subconscious issues.

How can I possibly console my son?

As an adolescent conscious of body image and component part's, your son's behavior is understandable. If he has difficulty accepting what you have to say, you might take him to READ MORE
As an adolescent conscious of body image and component part's, your son's behavior is understandable. If he has difficulty accepting what you have to say, you might take him to his pediatrician to discuss his concerns. He may be more receptive to the physician's explanation.

Is OCD a disease or a habit?

It's a personality trait. Successful individuals usually have this trait. It's the degree or intensity of the behavior that identifies pathology. If it is destructive behavior READ MORE
It's a personality trait. Successful individuals usually have this trait. It's the degree or intensity of the behavior that identifies pathology. If it is destructive behavior causing significant negative outcomes, there is medication to alleviate symptoms while using conscious thought process to modify and replace the destructive thinking.

Should I take my son to a psychologist to remove the fear of exams from his mind?

A psychologist could be very helpful in identifying the contributing factors to your son's panic. Is he trying to live up to someone's spoken or unspoken expectations, what's reinforcing READ MORE
A psychologist could be very helpful in identifying the contributing factors to your son's panic. Is he trying to live up to someone's spoken or unspoken expectations, what's reinforcing this perfectionism, etc.

What are the best ways to overcome negative thoughts?

Need to identify what contributes to these negative thoughts. Identify thoughts and behaviors that reinforce a positive image of self. A few sessions with a good counselor may READ MORE
Need to identify what contributes to these negative thoughts. Identify thoughts and behaviors that reinforce a positive image of self. A few sessions with a good counselor may expedite the process. Remember, God didn't make junk. You have to see yourself as a worthwhile person with talents and capabilities.

How can one identify the signs of depression?

It appears hormonal changes contribute to your negative feelings of self. Everyone can feel depressed, angry, lonely, etc. Situational factors can reinforce this negative thought READ MORE
It appears hormonal changes contribute to your negative feelings of self. Everyone can feel depressed, angry, lonely, etc. Situational factors can reinforce this negative thought process. The degree of severity of the depression is the key issue. If its of short duration and you can identify and do self-talk, I wouldn't be too concerned. Need to evaluate further.

My son has asd

It sounds like your son wants to do the right things to be accepted by his peers and internalizes his emotions. He is young so be encouraging and supportive of his endeavors.

psychosis and nitrous oxide

Individuals respond differently to the use of these substances. A frightening experience can predispose us to anticipate or expect a negative outcome, i.e., self-fulfilling. It READ MORE
Individuals respond differently to the use of these substances. A frightening experience can predispose us to anticipate or expect a negative outcome, i.e., self-fulfilling. It would be helpful to speak with a therapist to see what other factors are contributing to this outcome.

Is constantly worrying about getting a sick a disease in itself?

Not necessarily. There may be an underlying condition that has not been identified and diagnosed correctly. Through further exploration, need to also explore what stressors etc READ MORE
Not necessarily. There may be an underlying condition that has not been identified and diagnosed correctly. Through further exploration, need to also explore what stressors etc are contributing to her condition, but not addressing because of an inability to be in touch with the underlying feelings and expression of the concerns.

Do antipsychotic medicines cause weight gain?

Often times it is a contributing factor. Needs to be regulated and monitored. Once some stabilization occurs, therapy should be part of the process. Individuals need to identify READ MORE
Often times it is a contributing factor. Needs to be regulated and monitored. Once some stabilization occurs, therapy should be part of the process. Individuals need to identify and understand the contributing factors so the process of modifying thoughts and behaviors can contribute to an individuals well-being.

My father started hallucinating. What can we do to help?

The medication may need to be adjusted depending on the fluctuation of the blood sugars and blood pressure readings. He may also be suffering from some depression.

I am always anxious and have been this way for the last 7 years. What can I do to get a break from this anxiety?

Hopefully,you haven't been self- medicating with alcohol or street drugs. Minor tranquilizers prescribed by your physician can be a contributing factor. Your body adapts to the READ MORE
Hopefully,you haven't been self- medicating with alcohol or street drugs. Minor tranquilizers prescribed by your physician can be a contributing factor. Your body adapts to the dosage and pretty soon you are requiring a higher dosage to obtain relief. Nutrition,exercise as well as the B vitamins can provide natural relief.

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

It could be depression. It could also be hormonal. Sometimes the expectations we place on our self can be unrealistic and contribute to fear and low self-esteem.Isolation can reinforce READ MORE
It could be depression. It could also be hormonal. Sometimes the expectations we place on our self can be unrealistic and contribute to fear and low self-esteem.Isolation can reinforce these negative, self-deprecating thoughts.

Are panic attacks while taking anti depressants normal?

Prescription medication in and of itself is insufficient. It may take the edge off or create unanticipated side effects.Need to also explore the contributing factors in your daily READ MORE
Prescription medication in and of itself is insufficient. It may take the edge off or create unanticipated side effects.Need to also explore the contributing factors in your daily living through counseling with a therapist to identify the conscious and subconscious factors reinforcing these behaviors.