Dr. Diane® Brain Health utilizes state of the art cutting edge technology and has the Solutions and Resources℠ to get you feeling your best. The Dr. Diane® integrative team of brain health experts is trained in conventional, complementary, and alternative specialties. This team, using her 5 Prong Approach, will provide you with customized Stress Treatments. She sees each person as a unique individual and knows that one method does not fit everyone.
Guidelines for Reducing Stress
In the Serenity Prayer, it says to have the courage to know what you can change and what you cannot, and to know the difference.
You cannot change if you are more reactive or sensitive. You may not be able to change how you react, but you can change how you respond to a situation.
Dr. Diane® Brain Health Approach I divides methods into two categories: Internal and External. Internal is something you can do on your own without help, whereas external requires help from someone outside of yourself.
So if you have a method or methods that work, then great. For those of you who have not found something that works, or you just want additional methods to use, here are internal and external methods for alleviating the symptoms of anxiety.
- Progressive Relaxation
- Thinking about something else
- Music: Singing, dancing, drumming
- Emotional Freedom Therapy (EFT)/Thought Field Therapy (TFT)
- Energy Medicine
- Heart Rate Variability Breathing
- Exercise, Yoga, Tai Chi, and QiGong.
This technique is used to induce deep muscle relaxation. Dr. Herbert Benson’s book Relaxation Response is known for this method. Dr. Diane® had the privilege and honor of being trained with Dr. Benson while at Boston University. This method is very simple. You learn how to flex and then release the major muscle groups of your body.
Visualization Techniques for Stress
If you prefer utilizing visualization, distraction, and breathing techniques, Dr. Joseph Cautella, Ph.D., who was a professor of Psychology at Boston College, developed the Cautella’s Self Control Triad. Dr. Diane® again had the privilege and honor of being trained by Dr. Cautella.
- Hot Bath or Hot Tub
- Talk Therapy- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Cranial Sacral Therapy
- Homeopathic-including Bach Flower Essence
- Herbal Remedies
- Cranial Electro Stimulation (CES)
- Aroma Therapy
- Light Therapy
- Sound Therapy
- Massage, such as reflexology or Feldenkrais Method
- Energy Work: Reiki, Polarity, Quantum Touch
- Night out: movie, theater, etc.
Nutrition for Stress
What you eat truly does affect how you feel. If you eat lots of sugar, you will not feel calm and feelings of anxiety will heighten. Alcohol and some recreational drugs will perpetuate anxiety. If you have any form of brain injury, please avoid sugar, alcohol, and recreational drugs. Martha Lindsay is our nutrition educator as part of the Brain Health Team.
Medication for Stress
Before using any medication, whether it is prescribed or over the counter, please consider the side effects of medication and how it may affect you due to your sensitivity to it. Before taking any medication, discuss your medical history with your PCP or licensed provider. This also goes for homeopathic, herbal remedies, and aromatherapies. Dr. Sharon Barrett, M.D. is our Psychopharmacologist as part of the Brain Health Team.
Susan Keefe is our homeopathic practitioner as part of the Brain Health Team. Dr. Diane® is also an essential oil provider.
Other External Methods
Acupuncture has been around for over 4,000 years as an external method for alleviating anxiety. William Mogan, Tom Tam, and Yvonne Tam are our team acupuncturists.
What you think can cause your body and brain to react. Understanding how you think and how to change your thinking can be effectively done through talk therapy; Dr. Diane® is a licensed psychologist. Another form of therapy specifically designed to deal with anxiety and PTSD, is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro. This form of psychotherapy includes an integrative eight-phase approach to disconnecting the emotional and physical reaction to a traumatic event from the thought of the event. This method of identifying the physical and emotional triggers that anxiety symptoms or PTSD provides tools to work through and sever this connection.
Sound therapy includes using scientific programs such as Hemi-Sync, Bilateral Sounds, the Tomatis Method and Swingle Sounds to help to soothe the Limbic system. Light therapy uses lasers from infrared to visual wave patterns, to sitting under various color lights that help produce a calming effect to the brain. Paul Soper is our sound specialist as part of our Brain Health Team.
Biofeedback and Neurofeedback
Biofeedback, which includes thermal, muscular and EEG (Neurofeedback), is akin to looking in a mirror that reflects your inner responses rather than your outer appearance. Ordinarily, you cannot influence your brain wave activity, because you have no information about it. However, when you can see instantaneous information about your brain function on a computer screen, you have the ability to positively influence that function.
One form of Biofeedback speaks to the body through electrical impulse signals that are modified based on changes detected at the skin’s surface, such as reddening or numbness. Signals are sent to the body through the skin based on changes within the body, and are then reflected back to the surface of the skin. This causes the body to move toward a more normative state. Self-controlled Energy Neuro Adaptive Regulation (SCENAR) employs signals that are modified depending on what happened in the past—a backward-looking technology that is viewed as reorganizing. The newer Cosmodic technology of adaptive regulation looks ahead to the body’s target state of response, so it is more regenerative in nature.
Another electrical Biofeedback method that was also developed in Russia during the 1950s is Cranial Electro Stimulation (CES). From this technology there has been double blind clinical trials, proving it effective in treating anxiety, insomnia, and depression. It is also a registered FDA medical device for alleviating said symptoms, and it is effective for chronic pain.
Neurofeedback has many subdivisions, which I will go into greater detail about in a future post. However, all of the various types are specifically designed to alleviate anxiety. The number of external sessions of treatment vary depending on the specific cause. Neurofeedback is one of the external methods that not only addresses the symptom of anxiety, but also addresses the cause.
The use of Neurofeedback with talk therapy, in conjunction with many of the other internal and external modalities presented, can help to alleviate anxiety. Both Dr. Diane® and Paul Soper provide Neurofeedback as part of the Brain Health Expert Team.