What exactly is flight-or-flight?

by David Delaney, MA, CAR, LPC                 david@boulderneurofeedback.com

Fight-or-flight is the collection of physiological (body) and psychological (mind & emotions) changes that occur when you face a perceived threat–when you face situations where you feel the demands on you outweigh your resources to effectively cope.

When some event in your life triggers the state of fight or flight, a series of changes occur within your body and mind, often without our awareness. They include:

•A quickening of the pulse

•A burst of adrenaline (can mean shaking, feeling queasy, or hyper-alert)

50 to 70 million with sleep disorders in U.S. alone….

by David Delaney                                                                           
david@boulderneurofeedback.com

Graciella (not her real name) has had sleep problems most of her life.  This is not why she came to seek help with me but I discover during our intake that this is a serious problem for her.  She has a very difficult time falling asleep, staying asleep, and then finds it very difficult to rise in the morning. Her original concern for why she sought help was anxiety and depression. And now research has demonstrated that there is a direct link between sleep problems and depression!

Depression and sleep disorders now linked…

It is estimated that 50 to 70 million Americans chronically suffer from a disorder of sleep and wakefulness, hindering daily functioning and adversely affecting health and longevity.The cumulative long-term effects of sleep deprivation and sleep disorders have been associated with a wide range of degenerative heath consequences inducing an increased risk of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, hearth attack, and stroke. The Institute of Medicine (IOM), Committee on Sleep Medicine and Research concluded that although clinical activities and scientific opportunities in the field are expanding, awareness among the general public and health care professionals is low, given the magnitude of the burden. 1

Drop it, and move on? Easier said than done!

 

by David Delaney, MA, CAR, LPC

Johnny’s (not his real name) Mom contacts me to say that he is having anxiety and school is about to begin.Can I help? He is feeling upset in anticipation of the school year and all the stress that that brings with it.He is upset allot and that is affecting the family as a whole.It’s true, if one family member is not doing well, everyone feels it.Whether we are an adult or a child, we all have to deal with the anxiety of anticipating changes that school and life brings, and honestly, some of us cope better than others.

Children, ADD, and Medication Side Effects


The following is an excerpt from chapter five of The ADD Answer: How to Help Your Child Now by Dr. Frank Lawlis and published by Viking. For more, go to www.franklawlis.com.

Medical students are often warned that “sometimes the treatment can be worse than the disease.” I sincerely believe that is often the case when children with ADD are given medication to control their symptoms.

Benefits

Improving its own adaptability…

Because the Central Nervous System has the job of adapting to life’s constant changes, it is able to literally change itself in response to life experience.  This means that it can change how it reacts to life’s circumstances if given feedback about its own behavior (feedback is the basis of all life).  Prior to 15 years ago, it was generally accepted that after 18 years of age the brain did not change.  But within the last 15 years, research has demonstrated that it is a self-organizing, instinctual organic system and its very nature is ADAPTABILITY.  Adaptability is the hallmark of survival.

DON’T JUST DO SOMETHING: SIT THERE!

By David Delaney, MA, CAR, LPC                        david@boulderneurofeedback.com

NeurOptimal® Dynamical Neurofeedback Training

Bob (I have changed his name) finds that he cannot stop himself from being on the go all day long.And then he has problems getting to bed and staying asleep.Sometimes in the middle of the night, when he cannot sleep, he will get up and read or get on the Internet, which further adds to the problem.He is overloaded and this overload is affecting his health and well-being.He came to me based on a recommendation by a client who thought that I could help him.

YOUR BRAIN CAN IMPROVE ITS OWN FUNCTION; ITS VERY NATURE IS ADAPTIBILITY.

by David Delaney

His father brings nine-year-old Harold (not his real name) to my office.Neither he nor his mother is able to get him to go to sleep at night; sometimes they find him wandering around late because he cannot sleep.He gets up repeatedly when they put him back to bed.This kind of behavior is wearing on his parents!

They are really at their limits and have no solutions other than medication which they are not attracted to.Then he wants to sleep with them, and when he does, he thrashes all night long and they cannot get the rest they need; and everybody now knows that good hygiene is vital to our health and well being if you have seen any of a number of PBS specials on the brain and sleep hygiene.

WIRED FOR MIRACLES?

Jim Robbins article is a classic on the neurofeedback field.  He interviewed all the original leaders in the field and it is a pretty good historical look at the how the field has evolved.  He does not speak about non-linear, dynamical neurofeedback, which NeurOPTIMAL is, but it will provide an interesting look at how the field evolved.

 

By: Jim Robbins

Can we learn to respond to stress in a new way?

by David Delaney, MA, CAR, LPC

Scotty, beam me up fast; I’m tanking…

Jim (not his real name), an ad agency executive, is making a campaign presentation to clients and begins to panic. He is aware of how important landing this client is for his agency, which makes him feel even more tense. He can not stop the negative spiral of stress and he now is loosing his natural, relaxed ability to present this ad campaign of which he has great natural passion for and knowledge of. No matter how hard he is trying, it makes things worse.

Re-train Your Negative Brain Habits.

by David Delaney       david@boulderneurofeedback.com

Scientists say that our brains are hard wired for negativity…

Shawn (not his real name), a newer client of mine, comes to me and no matter what we discuss, he is oriented toward a negative, unsuccessful point of view.It seems that he was raised this way with the idea that life would always be problematic and you could not change that fact.He even has tremendous resistance to recalling successful or positive times in his life without finding the negative side of the situation.He is depressed and anxious, and his whole orientation is toward life never changing no matter what he does.He is hard wired for negativity.