Sports Psychiatry

The recognition of sports psychiatry as a separate specialty of psychiatry is fairly recent. Many athletes have trouble coping with failure or success, dealing with unrealistic expectations from coaches, parents and fans, and handling interpersonal relationships. All of these are issues that can be addressed by a Newport Beach sports psychiatrist.

The same personality and behavior characteristics that drive top athletes to the limits of self-discipline can become dysfunctional. The drive to excel can turn into uncontrollable and unforgiving perfectionism. Aggression that serves a player well on the court or field can bleed over into everyday life, causing tension and tearing apart relationships. Absolute focus on achieving a goal can morph into obsessive-compulsive behavior, to the detriment of both physical and mental health.

Disorders that the stress of being an athlete might bring on or exacerbate include:

  • Ÿ  Personality disorders
  • Ÿ  Eating disorders
  • Ÿ  Substance abuse
  • Ÿ  Depression
  • Ÿ  Mood disorders

A Newport Beach sports psychiatrist can evaluate, diagnose and treat athletes as needed, providing cognitive therapy, coping techniques and even medication if needed. A psychiatrist can also be helpful to aging sports players nearing the end of their careers, making the transition out of the hectic sports world less stressful; or to players who are injured and who must leave their chosen field and start a new life.