Dr. Debra Dayton specializes in child, adolescent, family and couples work. She also works with woman on dealing with the stresses in their lives and establishing boundaries that help them cope with the pressures of work and family life.
post-partum depression deprives the mother and the baby of emotional interactions vital to the baby's development.
in addition, anxiety disorders are the most common of emotional disorders and women are twice as likely to develop them as men.
when women treated from depression become symptom free, their children are less likely to be diagnosed with depression.
according to one source, in 1996 suicide was the second leading cause of death among college students, the third leading cause of death among those age 15 to 24, and fourth leading cause of death among children age 10 to 14.
Dr. Debra Friedman Dayton has been in practice
since 1993 as a licensed psychologist. Her therapeutic orientation is Cognitive
and Systemic. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University
of Maryland in 1981 and her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Texas A&M in 1984. She
received her doctorate in the field of Clinical Psychology from the California
School of Professional Psychology / Alliant University. Her master's thesis topic
was date rape and her doctoral dissertation was on "Adult Siblings of the Mentally
Handicapped." Dr. Dayton returned to school and recieved a second Masters degree in Women's Studies from Texas Woman's University in May 2014. This degree allows her to view the world from a multicultural lens, considering, issues of gender, culture, race and sexual orientation that impact her clients.
Dr. Dayton has worked at Dallas Child Guidance Clinic, Scottish Rite Hospital, and Headstart. She was the Director of Psychological Services at Tarrant County Mental Health and Mental Retardation. She was the former Psychological Consultant for Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) of Tarrant County. She has been in private practice since 1998.