Mental Healthcare

Mental Healthcare

MENTAL HEALTHCARE

Mental Healthcare encompasses a large range of illnesses that can detrimentally impact the everyday lives of millions of Americans. Take a look through some of the most common mental health issues and see if we can help alleviate the struggles from your life.

Anxiety

Anxiety Disorders cover a wide range of disorders that share several significant features. Two of the most common shared features are fear and the anticipation of future threats, both of which impact autonomic arousal in the central nervous system and generate frustrating physical symptoms like muscle tension, headaches and nervousness. These, in turn, can affect a wide range of behaviors, like becoming socially avoidant, having anger outbursts, or experiencing intensified mood swings. In addition to the more “generic” Generalized Anxiety Disorder, anxiety disorders include Separation Anxiety, Phobias, Social Anxiety, Panic, and Agoraphobia

Symptoms traditionally associated with Anxiety Disorders include:

  • Persistent and excessive worry

  • Ruminative thinking (can’t let go of a thought; repeating things over and over)

  • Repeated complaints of physical symptoms (headaches; muscle tension, stomach problems, irritable bowel, accelerated heart rate, chest pain or discomfort, etc…)

  • Avoidance of the object of fear or concern

  • Avoidance of social interaction

  • Symptoms are markedly out of proportion to actual danger posed and / or existing in the mind, not in reality

  • Symptoms persist over time (typically 6 months or more)

  • Symptoms are not able to be controlled by the individual

  • Symptoms cause significant distress or impairment in everyday life functioning

Anxiety Disorders often (but may not) include Panic Attacks, OCD characteristics, and Mood dysregulation problems often associated with either Bipolar or Major Depressive Disorders. Anxiety Disorders often need to be differentiated from OCD, Bipolar, Depression and PTSD according to the current model of diagnosing disorders.

At The Neurovation Center, we are able to take the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety to a whole new level. We are no longer limited by the narrow, symptom-based criteria of traditional diagnosing. With QEEG-based analysis, we directly “see” into the nature and causes of anxiety-based symptoms as it relates to the neuro-electrical functioning of the brain. This generates an unprecedented level of accuracy and specificity to diagnostic work that transcends the limitations of the current status-quo.

We integrate your mental health treatment with unique options adapted for you and your specific needs. You receive individually-oriented, progress-based treatment and can include any combination of the following:

For those suffering from Anxiety, neurofeedback may be your easiest, most non-invasive form of recovery. Our neurofeedback sessions are aimed specifically to your brain’s needs. It is completely safe with no medication and no side effects.

Most clients see at least a 50% reduction in the majority of identified symptoms. They also are able to reduce or discontinue use of psychiatric medications.

Depression

Depression is considered by many to be a painful mental health disorder often lived in isolation and sadness. While this is true of many cases, Depressive Disorders cover a considerable range of diagnoses that manifests in a variety of ways. Problematic symptoms associated with Depressive Disorders can include:

  • Depressed mood or sadness most of the day

  • Diminished interest in all or most activities usually enjoyed

  • Significant weight loss or weight gain

  • Insomnia, irritability, anger or agitation

  • Fatigue or loss of energy

  • Inability to concentrate

  • Indecisiveness; Lack of motivation; Procrastination

  • Recurrent thoughts of self-harm or even death

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These symptoms are often treated with medication and therapy, but a growing body of evidence indicates that the symptoms of depression are often the result of problem neuro-electrical patterns in the brain. At the Neurovation Center, we know that some forms of Depression will require medications, and others can benefit from certain forms of talk therapy. Many of the underlying sources of Depression, though, are neuro-electrical and can effectively and enduringly be treated with neurofeedback.

Our unique ability to assess your brain’s functioning with QEEG gives us unprecedented insight into the nature of your Depressive symptoms. Even better, it enables us to focus your treatment on healing the root issues of your Depressive Disorder.

We integrate your mental health treatment with unique options adapted for you and your specific needs. You receive individually-oriented, progress-based treatment and can include any combination of the following:

For those suffering from Depression, neurofeedback may be your easiest, most non-invasive form of recovery. Our neurofeedback sessions are aimed specifically to your brain’s needs. It is completely safe with no medication and no side effects.

Most clients see at least a 50% reduction in the majority of identified symptoms. They also are able to reduce or discontinue use of psychiatric medications

Obsessive Compulsive Disorders

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders involve a constant, repetitive, unwanted, and/or impulsive need to check things, think about things, or engage in ritual actions. Many people experience some degree of OCD tendencies either on a mild level or during periods of high stress. An OCD mental health disorder is warranted when distressing symptoms occur with enough frequency and intensity as to significantly impact everyday functioning.

Obsessions describe the “thinking” side of OCD, involving thoughts, urges, or images that recur and don’t go away. Obsessive thoughts could be focused on a certain person, ideology, or phobia; it could involve feelings of disgust for one’s body or jealousy towards someone else; or it might orient around the need for perfection, order, or cleanliness.

Compulsions describe the “acting” side of OCD and are typically the behavioral twin to obsessive thinking. These include repetitive behaviors that a person simply cannot resist and must often be performed according to highly rigid patterns or rules. Some of the more well-documented behaviors include hair or skin pulling, hand-washing, ordering of cabinets or shelves, or eating regimens.

OCD is a mental health issue clearly associated with dysregulated electrical patterns. In other words, OCD is typically not behavioral in nature; rather, it is a neurological condition.

At The Neurovation Center, we use QEEG analysis to positively identify the patterns that reinforce and intensify OCD thoughts and rituals. With neurofeedback, we can then eliminate, in most cases, the problem issues over which you feel you have no control.

  • Obsession with contamination or safety

  • Perfectionism

  • Doubting one’s memory or perception

  • Fear of committing a transgression

  • Need for order and organization

  • Compulsively cleaning, checking, counting, touching, arranging and list making

For those suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, other psychiatric comorbid disorders are often present and can include: anxiety, somatoform disorders, eating disorders, and ADHD.

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We integrate your mental health treatment with unique options adapted for you and your specific needs. You receive individually-oriented, progress-based treatment and can include any combination of the following:

For those suffering from Depression, neurofeedback may be your easiest, most non-invasive form of recovery. Our neurofeedback sessions are aimed specifically to your brain’s needs. It is completely safe with no medication and no side effects.

Most clients see at least a 50% reduction in the majority of identified symptoms. They also are able to reduce or discontinue use of psychiatric medications

Bipolar Disorders

Bipolar DisorderBipolar and Related Disorders are mood-based mental health problems that fall (in terms of symptoms) somewhere between depression and psychosis. Bipolar refers to the extreme mood changes that characterize the disorders, in which an individual can experience shifts from manic “highs” to depressive “lows”.

The “highs” are often characterized by abnormally elevated mood, energy, or irritability. Many people in this state can…

  • …become highly impulsive
  • …engage in high-risk behaviors
  • …seem to have a decreased need for sleep
  • …speak rapidly or incessantly
  • …have a hard time focusing
  • …get involved in “over-the-top” projects
  • …express grandiose goals or act as if on a special mission in life
  • …experience psychosis / breaks from reality

The “lows” are often accompanied by sadness, crying, negative self-talk, and an inability to engage in everyday life. People in a depressed stage of Bipolar frequently experience:

  • Guilt
  • Hopelessness
  • Self-loathing
  • Fatigue; insomnia
  • Change in appetite and weight
  • Delusions and hallucinations

At The Neurovation Center, you can gain invaluable insight into the nature of your Bipolar symptoms. With our state-of-the-art QEEG analysis , we can identify electrical patterns associated with mood instability, mania, depression, and psychosis. We can also identify patterns that render you vulnerable to bipolar mood shifts or that are present because of significant life trauma. And the best news is, neurofeedback  can provide significant reductions in those symptoms that cause the most problems in your life.

We integrate your mental health treatment with unique options adapted for you and your specific needs. You receive individually-oriented, progress-based treatment and can include any combination of the following:

Somatizations

If you think about it, everything in your body is connected to your brain. It should not come as a surprise, then, that many of the physical symptoms people struggle with are rooted in how the brain communicates with the rest of the body.

Physical symptoms that seem to lack a “typical” medical explanation are referred to as Somatizations. The mental health field has a range of diagnoses called “Somatic Symptoms and Related Disorders” (previously called “Somatoform Disorders”) that allows for mental health professionals to work with people whose distressing physical symptoms are connected with abnormal thoughts, feelings or behaviors.

At The Neurovation Center, our QEEG technology  and neurofeedback expertise allows us to understand and treat many somatizations that both the medical and mental health fields could not. We are frequently able to identify dysregulated patterns in the brain’s electrical activity that can be directly linked to a wide range of distressing physical symptoms.

Physical symptoms may include:

  • Sleep problems – too much, too little, inability to fall asleep, poor / unrestful, etc…

  • Headaches or migraines

  • Upset stomach; reflux

  • IBS or constipation

  • Cold hands / feet; numbness in extremities

  • Nervous ticks; fidgeting; Tourette-like symptoms

  • Panic attacks

  • Muscle tension

  • Chest pain or tightness; heart palpitations

  • Low sex drive

  • Appetite or eating disorders

At the Neurovation Center, we integrate your mental health treatment with unique options adapted for you and your specific somatization issues. You receive individually-oriented, progress-based treatment and can include any combination of the following:

Specialists…in Delightfully Surprising Ways

Each of our Mental Health Providers is, in some way, a recognized specialist involved with the treatment of unique populations and/or in the use of highly sought-out treatment models. Here are some that we are best known for:

  • PTSD. Our staff has presented at both national and international conferences on the integration of EMDR and QEEG-driven neurofeedback – two exceptional modalities used to treat PTSD and trauma. Very few places anywhere have the capacity to do these at the level offered by The Neurovation Center specialists.
  • Families with Special Needs Children. Jeff Schutz, Owner and Executive Director of The Neurovation Center, is published and has presented on doing family therapy with couples / families / parents with a special needs child.
  • Christian Counseling. Jeff Schutz, Owner and Executive Director of The Neurovation Center, is also an Ordained Minister who maintains a current licensure through the C&MA denomination. Jeff has developed a discipleship-oriented, Christ-centered and biblically-based model for Christians desiring to integrate faith development with mental health.
  • EMDR and Family Therapy. Diana Mille, Clinical Director of Therapeutic Services, is authoring this ground-breaking book, due to be published the end of 2017.
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Adoption
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy