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At FamilyTime Center we treat a wide variety of issues but the vast majority of them revolve around abuse of the flight or response. If you or a loved one suffers from crippling anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder or any of a number of addictions or eating disorders it is probably clear to you that the fear response seems to hijack all responses to even the ordinary stressors of daily life. In other words when this specifically adaptive response to physically dangerous situations becomes a generalized response to emotionally challenging situation the fear response is maladaptive, and robs us what might otherwise be the simple satisfactions of life. 

 

Most of the time depression also robs us of life’s simple satisfactions; it just doesn’t seem to include a maladaptive expression of the fight or flight response. That isn’t because the fight or flight response isn’t involved, its just that it is hidden.  You see, when we experience a relatively low level physical stressor over a really long period of time, the parts of the body responsible for sustaining the fight or flight reflex tires and fades, and we slip into a “walking wounded” stage where we are just getting by but, This JGB state parallel “burn-out” - when the “stressor” is actually an emotional rather than a physical challenge.  If the on-going stressor is really intense our bodies quickly slip through the walking-wounded /burnout stage into a state of exhaustion; even exhaustion is an adaptive state, a watch and wait state. Oddly enough, some of the most compelling proof that this exhaustion is adaptive comes from the way it is maladaptively expressed as clinical depression. A lethargic person with a raging appetite who sleeps all day and is up all night has adapted to being a captive preparing to escape when their guards are the sleepiest;  some one with poor appetite, tending toward social isolation and most awake at dawn and twilight (when the foraging is the best) are adapted to famine conditions. Can you see which of the symptoms of depression prepare one for plague? I’ll give you some hints, keep up your strength, avoid contagion and have the good grace to feel guilty about the things you’re doing to survive (after all, you are not a psychopath).  

 

The good news is that relieving anxiety releases the problem, whether phobia, obsession, PTSD or depression. Cognitive Behavior Therapy helps, and neurofeedback accelerates that healing process by teaching you to achieve a quiet mind. 

 

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