Bipolar disorder, once referred to as manic depression, is a mental disorder that affects about 3% of the population. Identified by episodes of unusually intense depressive moods countered by extremely elevated, amplified moods at equal intensity, bipolar disorder has one of the highest risks for suicide. Although the cause of bipolar disorder has not been completely identified, most doctors agree that bipolar likely stems from genetics in combination with environmental factors and/or is triggered by traumatic life events or experiences. Some people with bipolar begin experiencing symptoms in their childhood years, but most often, symptoms of bipolar appear during the late teen years, as at least half of bipolar cases begin before the age of 25.
When I first trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), I was so impressed with the effectiveness of the technique, I said, “Wow, now we have Penicillin!”, meaning, now we have a methodology as effective as Penicillin for psychotherapy. EMDR has been shown through research to facilitate the movement of memory from the areas of current memory to the areas of past memory in the brain. This is powerful because traumas, conclusions, and feelings reside in current memory and jump out, interfering with our functioning intermittently or on an ongoing basis. This can be improved or corrected.
The BAUD (Bio Acoustical Utilization Device) is a small device that utilizes sound to enhance brain function by effectively stimulating neuroplasticity which produces lasting change to the brain and eliminates symptoms of both neurological and psychological issues. During a BAUD treatment session, the patient listens to specially designed sound frequencies that allow the brain to create new habits of brainwave activity, alleviating symptoms of anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, chronic pain, addiction, cravings, and more. Even some physical symptoms may be effectively eliminated because they actually initiate in the brain even though they may be felt in the body.
Neurofeedback, a safe, medication free brain training treatment, aims to improve brain function by targeting areas in the brain that are having trouble functioning. After neurofeedback sessions, the brain functions at a more optimal level, allowing a person to live life more easily. Neurofeedback combined with additional therapies, such as talk therapy, and a well-balanced diet and exercise routine, will noticeably improve day to day life in various ways, including:
One of the most difficult life experiences every person will encounter is coping with the death of a loved one. Death triggers emotional grief that may be so intense and consuming that even the thought of living life normally seems absolutely impossible. There is no right way to grieve, and everyone grieves in their own unique ways. While it is perfectly natural to be sad after losing a loved one, many times grief can lead to depression or make already existing anxiety and/or depression substantially worse.