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Neurogenesis

“I Am a Bad Mother…”

Part 1 Last month while in Chicago for what was supposed to be a celebratory 40th Birthday party, I was shocked to hear the star of the evening, a successful real estate attorney and mother of two beautiful, healthy and happy girls confess with tears in her eyes, “I am a bad mother and a bad wife. I am okay at my job but failing in the family department.” Her confession was made to a group of female friends in their 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s who have families and some with full-time careers. Without missing a beat, all the women …

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Why Your BRAIN Needs REST

Idle time, sometimes thought to invite the devil’s handiwork, is often seen as wasteful and rarely appreciated in modern society. Most “peak performers” in our society tend to report feeling guilty about “wasting time.” When asked what “wasting time” actually looks like, typical responses include watching Netflix, playing Solitaire, taking a nap, or even spending time to talking to an old friend. Many feel as though they could be doing something productive such as learning, making money, cleaning or organizing. This leads many individuals to believe they need to be “humans doing” instead of humans being; however, the research on …

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IQ vs. EQ

Since the late 1800s, Intellectual Capacity or Intelligence Quotient (IQ) was thought to be the most significant measurement of human competence and achievement. However, in recent years, the validity and importance of Emotional Intelligence or Emotional Quotient (EQ) has gained appreciation within the scientific community and in the mainstream. A measurement of IQ is essentially a measurement of the relative intelligence of an individual. In other words, it is a comparison of an individual’s mental and cognitive performance compared to the performance of others at the same age. A standardized IQ test measures two primary components, verbal and performance. Since …

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Using Neurofeedback to Improve ADHD in School-Aged Children

One in every ten children in the United States has been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and this number has increased. While some experts believe the number of diagnosis is more than is merited, children with ADHD can experience negative outcomes in their lives especially in the realm of performing poorly academically. The predominant treatment of ADHD involves medications, but now there is research to demonstrate this may not be the only line of treatment. ADHD medication reduces the symptoms of the disorder, but does not correct for the underlying causes of their behaviors. With the symptoms of ADHD related …

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How Do We Make Good Decisions?

Do you ever wonder why you don’t wake up every morning and eat a giant piece of chocolate cake for breakfast and why it’s more difficult to put down the pint of ice cream after the sun goes down? The answer has to do with our ability to make decisions throughout the day. When examining the number of decisions we make each day, research tells us it can be as many as 35,000. In fact, Cornell University completed a study that found we make approximately 225 food-related decisions every day. As we expend so much effort and energy in making …

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A Case for Group Therapy?

Although many clients feel as though their compromised emotional states are completely unique, similarities do exist. Often, clients feel ashamed of their inner turmoil and seek out individual therapy to work on a one-on-one basis and minimize the likelihood other swill know how much they genuinely struggle. Individual therapy has significant benefits and is appropriate for almost all forms of mental health treatment, however, group therapy can offer an unmatched and unique form of healing, as individuals can understand they are truly not alone in their suffering. Group therapy utilizes the power of healing through relationships in the present moment. …

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qEEG-Guided Neurofeedback: Individualized Treatment for Anxiety Symptoms

Anxiety disorders affect nearly a third of the U.S. population (NIMH, 2017). Symptoms of anxiety can range from inconvenient to debilitating, adding to the importance of research into effective treatments for the disorder. Of these treatments, biofeedback, particularly neurofeedback, has emerged as a viable option. Numerous studies (Singer, 2004; Kerson, Sherman, & Kozlowski, 2009; Walker, 2009; Scheinost et al., 2013) demonstrate the anxiety-reducing effects of neurofeedback interventions. They are not, however, without their limitations. A common trend among neurofeedback interventions is the use of “canned”, or pre-programmed, protocols designed to treat specific symptoms. While this method is convenient, critics argue …

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The Key to Happiness in the New Year

Although many of you will be making New Year’s resolutions, there really is only one thing that can truly provide happiness and well-being in the coming year. This thing can be allusive, difficult to maintain at times, stress-inducing, and require hard work, however, the more time and effort dedicated towards it, the closer you get to overall happiness and even joy. You guessed it; the key to your consistent well-being begins with relationships. The topic of adult satisfaction and development was first studied at Harvard in 1938. The longitudinal study has continued on the 19 living participants (now well into …

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What Does Suffering From Social Anxiety Really Mean?

Approximately 15 million American adults struggle with a debilitating social anxiety disorder, yet fewer than five percent of these individuals seek treatment. Often thought of as “social phobia,” many chalk the symptoms up to being shy, introverted or socially inept, however, the intense fear and discomfort felt in a group setting goes far beyond any personality trait. The disorder can interfere with work, school, interpersonal relationships and overall well-being. Social anxiety disorder is a clinical diagnosis distinguished by crushing anxiety and extreme self-awareness of one’s own actions, demeanor or behavior in ordinary social situations. The chronic fear of being watched …

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Brain Waves and Heart Rates: How Neuro and Biofeedback Can Help Children With Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can manifest in a number of behaviors, including social impairments, difficulty regulating emotion, and behavior repetition. While the underlying cause of these behavior patterns is still up for debate, some research has indicated a particular brain wave, known as mu rhythms, may be involved. Mu rhythms get suppressed, or turned off, when we copy someone else’s behaviors. In children with Autism, however, this wave does not turn off, with one exception: watching and copying familiar people. These findings indicate that children with Autism are capable of suppressing the mu rhythm, the brain just doesn’t do it …

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