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Behavioral Therapy

“Man is a social animal by nature, and he cannot survive without society. If he does so, he’s either a beast or a God”. These were the words of the ancient Greek philosopher and scientist Aristotle which correctly define the truest nature of a human being. We are made to live in societies, we need each other to cling to life, to sustain oneself. And to live harmoniously, we need to make good relations with each other. This is the reason why certain ethics are set according to which we need to behave in a society. When our behavior is not as expected, our relations may worsen. Ergo, behavioral therapy becomes a necessity. Behavioral therapy is a very broad concept and entails a lot of important constituents and here we will be discussing it all.

Defining Behavioral Therapy

First of all, the definition of behavioral therapy encompasses a large scope of work. What actually is it? Well, behavioral therapy is an umbrella term that refers to psychotherapy, behavioral analytical, or an amalgam of both. In simpler words, the therapy takes into account the methods that emphasize on either the behaviors or the thoughts and feelings in combination that are responsible for causing them. Behavioral Therapy aims to identify and help in changing potentially unhealthy or self-destructive behaviors. The focus is laid on the current problems and finding ways to solve them.

Behavioral Therapy- Who is to be benefited?

People with a wide range of disorders can be benefitted by behavioral therapy. This type of therapy can be used for adults and children alike.

Some of the common disorders for which people seek behavioral therapy are stated below. Give it a read.

•    Panic disorders

•    Depression

•    Anger Issues

•    Depression

Behavioral therapy is not limited to treat the disorders mentioned above as it can also be used for treating the conditions and disorders cited below.

•    Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

•    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

•    Eating disorders

•    Phobias, including social phobias

•    Bipolar disorder

•    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

•    Substance abuse

•    Self-harm

Types of Behavioral Therapy

Depending on the type of condition and disorder, behavioral therapy can be of different types. These are listed below.

•    Cognitive behavioral therapy: The most popular of all, cognitive behavioral therapy combines cognitive therapy with behavioral therapy. This type of therapy takes into account the beliefs and thoughts of an individual and its influences on his/her moods and actions. In the treatment, the current problems of the individual are focused and the respective solutions are to be found.

•    Cognitive behavioral play therapy: This therapy is used especially for children. It aims to find out the problems of a child which he/she is unable to express. The therapist carefully observes the way a kid plays and finds out the root cause of change in his/her behavior.

•    System desensitization: This type of behavioral therapy largely relies on classical conditioning. System desensitization is basically used to treat phobias.

•    Aversion therapy: This therapy is often used to treat the problems of alcoholism and abuse. In this type of behavioral therapy, a person is taught what consequences an extremely unpleasant stimulus can bring, or by associating it with some dreadful past event.

How effective Behavioral Therapy is?

So far, behavioral therapy has been found quite effective in treating a number of conditions and diseases. It was also found that 75% of the people who enter cognitive behavioral therapy benefit from the treatment.

As per studies, cognitive behavioral therapy was found the most beneficial in treating the following:

•    Anger control problems

•    Anxiety disorders

•    Substance abuse

•    Somatoform disorders

•    Depression

•    General stress

•    Bulimia

Behavioral therapy on a whole has been found the most effective in treating children between the age group of 3 to 12. However, people of any age can be benefited from this therapy.  

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If you suffer from the hands of an abuser, physically or emotionally, you need to consider therapy to prevent future trauma. It is hard to contact the police, especially if this will end a relationship or destroy a family.  However, if you are being abused, it is necessary to find a solution, with the help of a specialist.

But, do you know that it is more difficult to eliminate the mental scar than a physical one? Because a mental scar is hidden, or unseen, an individual can go their entire life with a mental wound. The abuse survivors always say that psychologically they still feel under the spell of the abuse they faced. Even if it is a physical abuse, it is meant to affect you mentally as well. For some people, the whole time they faced the abuse is so overwhelming that it takes them decades to get rid of their past. The abuse victims always face trust issues, blocks to intimacy, anxiety, and distressing memories - also known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The life of an abuse victim is certainly one of the most difficult ones and it always takes a psychiatrist or a therapist to help them get rid of the bad memories of their past. These therapies constantly make them realize that the abuse was just a phase and they are completely safe now.

REPERCUSSIONS OF ABUSE

There are several terrifying repercussions of an abuse which we, as common people, cannot understand. So, in order to save a dear one, try to understand what happens to a person when they survive the abuse of some kind.

  1. Anxiety- The victims are always scared of situations and people who remind them of their abuse.

 

  1. Anger- The survivor gets quite angry for not speaking up. Their anger is at their abusers who made them feel disgusting of themselves. They also start hating the ones who could have but didn't save them.

 

  1. Dissociation- They start feeling numb and as if they don't belong anywhere. This can be probably the worst feeling ever.

 

  1. Mood Swings- They often face mood swings where they become too irritated or too numb. They can become the victim of depression as well.

 

  1. Self-Destructive Behaviour- A survivor can really get self-destructive at that time, causing harm to them and losing the track of what's right and what's not.

 

  1. Trust Issues- They stop trusting people, even those ones who once used to be on their favorites list.  

THERAPY FOR THE ABUSE SURVIVORS

Therapy is quite crucial for an abuse survivor because it lets them understand the brain and the recurring trauma of abuse. It also helps the process of learning self-compassion and self-care again which, in the long run, helps individuals trusting people again.

There are several kinds of therapy that are beneficial for an abuse survivor. Right from EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to narrative therapy, all can be used to bring a victim back to normal. These therapies also include activities like meditation, journaling, etc.

One of the best forms of therapy for abused victims is group therapy; social support is given to the survivors which help them in getting rid of guilt and shame. If a survivor is more vulnerable or shy then the therapist will have to take a private session so that they feel comfortable and speak their heart out.   

 If you are being abused by a family member or spouse it is imperative to contact the police or another individual for assistance. It can be scary to endanger yourself even more, but with the help of a therapist you will find the right process to eliminate abuse from your life. 

                               

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a mental health illness where the patient is hyperactive, impulsive, and inattentive. Although it is most common in children, adults can also be affected by this disorder. In minor cases of this psychological disorder, the patient fails to stay focused.

Impulsive distractions are a big setback for individuals with Attention Deficit Disorder. It is said that ADD needs to be “cured” in childhood because it can ruin your career also in the future. Although today we don’t focus on curing mental health illness, but rather maitaing and understand it. Today, psychiatrists goals are more focused on helping children balance their energy and distribute it into more productive areas. Mental health specialists are not so much concerned with sedating children, but helping families understand that high energy can be exercised to benefit the children. ALthough in some cases, ADD, is less manageable, it does not have to cripple the family.

We’ve outlined some key signs of ADD and ADHD in children below:

SIGNS OF ADHD IN CHILDREN

Children with ADD and ADHD are often misunderstood as out of control and often told to “Stop misbehaving”. The most important thing to remember is; there are multiple variations of ADD and ADHD. There are also better ways to improve your child’s health than scolding them; notice the signs and learn to work with them instead.

-    Selfish and self-centered behavior

-    They will interfere in other people’s conversations and activities

-    Impatience

-    They might get angry without any reason. Lack of control over emotions

-    Restlessness

-    They can’t keep calm

-    They leave tasks unfinished

-    They can’t focus

-    Avoid tasks that require focus and brain-storming

-    Make careless mistakes

-    They find daydreaming as the best thing to do

-    They have trouble in staying organized

-    They are forgetful

ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER TREATMENT

ADHD can be a great obstacle for children who are suffering from it. Regular treatments with a trained psychologist is necessary to understand the way your child’s illness works. Not all symptoms of ADD and ADHD are unmanageable; in fact, modern alternative medicine has found successful exercises to maintain ADD and ADHD.

ADD and ADHD has two basic types of treatment- therapy and medication.Often both forms are suggested for all around improvements to behavior and health. Even though the condition of the child is monitored by the general practitioner, the treatment is arranged by the specialist only.   

We know as a parent, it’s hard to admit your child might be suffering from a mental illness. ADD and ADHD are more common than we think, and the spectrum of the illness is wide; most cases can be monitored and maintained in order to lead your child to live a healthy life.

If you are still worried about the types of treatment which are involved with Attention Deficit disorder take a look at the brief list below. We have put together a summary of the types of treatment specialists work with when monitoring children with ADD and ADHD. 

                                                        

 

1.    Psychoeducation

It means that either your child or you will be coaxed to discuss the disorder and how it affects your daily life in a bad way. This will help the patient in understanding what they are going through and gradually will also prepare them to live with the same.

2.    Behavior Therapy

In this program teachers and parents are asked to be involved. The teachers and parents are asked to give instructions to the children and when they do something good, they are awarded with a small gift and if they start misbehaving, one of their privileges is taken away from them. The basic idea of this therapy is to make the children understand the importance of the orders given by the parents and the teachers so that children learn to know who to follow and who not to. Teachers are also given some custom-made activities for these children which can be performed in the class to make them more attentive towards education and friendly towards other children.

3.    Parent Training 

If your child is suffering from ADHD and you don’t know how to get started about it, then this therapy is certainly what you need. In it, you are educated about the disorder and you are also told different ways of talking to your kid, playing with them, and even learning with them.

4.    Training of Social Skills

In this kind of training your child is asked to take part in role play scenarios where they are told how to behave in public. This teaches them how to respond naturally to changing environments and people. 

5.    Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Here, the symptoms of your child are explored through talk sessions with the psychiatrist. The doctor explains behavior in child friendly terms, while deconstructing the reasons behind the child’s actions.

It’s crucial to understand that a child is not at fault for having ADD or ADHD. Their behavior is ot on purpose; they do not intend to annoy or misbehave. In other words, if the child cannot understand what they are doing wrong, do not punish them, and instead show them a new way to think about their behavior. Explain to them, and show them physical exercises to maintain and practice, rather than fear themselves. 

Los Angeles is a city full of ambition and new endeavours. Living here can open hundreds of opportunities many cannot hope to have, however, it also comes with a hectic schedule of commute and deadlines. Some of us feel like we are always playing catch up, and can’t seem to find the time or the energy to take care of ourselves. What is anxiety, and is it a part of us if we live in Los Angeles?

If you take a moment to ask yourself:

Are you stressed?

Are you always assuming the worst of all things?

Are you constantly lacking the confidence?

Do you have problem thinking clearly when intimidated?

Most people will answer yes to a couple of those questions because that it what it takes to live in a metropolitan area. Anxiety about work, your social life, your family, and your own accomplishments are a threat to your mental stability. I like to think that these fears help me succeed because they mean that I care about something, but living in stress is not a good look.

Things may seem difficult while suffering from anxiety; it clouds your thinking ability with negative and unwanted thoughts. Nonetheless, I found my cure to anxiety in anxiety therapy. Anxiety therapy is a great way to cope with this disorder and take control over it once and for all. It is not easy but definitely effective, especially if you wish to escape your Los Angeles troubles with anxiety therapy.

How do you exactly benefit from anxiety treatment?

Therapy is not an instant cure, by no means will it completely do away with your problems. When you undergo anxiety therapy, you are essentially teaching your brain a completely new way of looking at the world. You are developing skills and interpreting the city around you and the people in it.

With anxiety therapy, you will learn to control and slow down your otherwise racy and adrenaline filled mind and instead train it to act less impulsively. Getting your thoughts together and trying and make rational decisions.

Anxiety therapy in Los Angeles also enables you to consider your well being above the city. And that surely does have many benefits, be it your personal life or your social life.

In trying to escape my own stress I compiled the short list below to show the essential benefits to anxiety therapy.

You Act More Rationally

As soon as you start therapy, you not only erase your previous hasty and self-conscious thoughts, but you also embrace a new approach towards life. You begin to believe and think in a way more rational than negative. In Los Angeles, we cannot simply do not let our feelings take control of our mind, instead, you control your feelings and use them to bring out the best in you. judgment.

Try this exercise when you feel yourself getting stressed out:

Count to ten slowly, afterwards you’ll notice you’ve calmed down. Then, make a mental or physical note of what made you over react. This will help you notice patterns in your behavior by understanding what triggers your anxiety. 

Your Perception About Yourself Changes

Throughout this entire process, you will start feeling changes in your psyche and your thought process. You will gradually understand yourself better in a way that you never imagined you could. You start developing confidence, you start being bold, you start initiating rather than following, and most importantly, you learn to hold your ground.

Driving anxiety, For example:

Usually when you are on your way to work, you are stuck in traffic. This slow down makes you start to think of being late to work. Then, you begin to wonder about all the ways you could have avoided being late to work. This whole though process sends you down a bad spiral, and is completely unproductive, since you cannot turn back time. Instead, contemplate what you could do in the future to avoid this mess, and if necessary contact your work to let them know you’ll be late. You have to remember that in most cases, being late a couple minutes will not be the end of the world, and you’ll be fine.

Calm Down And Relax

The primary thing you need to know anxiety treatment is that you are taught to not only overcome anxiety but to tackle it as well. You are made to learn to react to anxiety in a different way than you did in the past. Once you learn to do that, anxiety will no longer have power over you.

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Get To Control Your Thoughts

I like to tell people that therapy is just the beginning because you leave your session with tools and strategies to overcome your thoughts and focus on your main goal. Anxiety therapy also teaches you the tactics to negate unhealthy thinking and instead promotes productive thinking.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if you never over reacted; if you always thought before taking action? Having some control over your emotions gives you this extra strength. 

You Become More Optimistic

                                             

Living in a big city like Los Angeles can sometimes show us the worst in people, and sometimes it can lead us to assume others will behave this way. We always assume the worst even if we do not possess the accurate information. This condition worsens when you have anxiety disorder.

Anxiety kills optimism and induces negativity and hopelessness, as mentioned earlier. Our history also plays a huge role in this as we tend to expect future outcomes similar to our past experiences. However, therapy can help us see the error of our ways to make better choices the next time.

Anxiety treatment enables us to change our beliefs and thoughts and start expecting good things in the future. We begin to expect logically and rationally. This way, whatever you expect, actually happens. Your expectations do not reach beyond your capabilities and thus you do not get disappointed.

                                                                    

In Conclusion: Living in Los Angeles is fun and motivating, but it can also strain us to feel stressed and anxious. These anxieties are natural, but when we let them take over our free time, and our minds, it becomes harmful. Symptoms of anxiety will result in road rage, anger, depression, and an overall lack of motivation. SEeking out therapy is a perfect option for anyone living in a metropolitan area because it’s natural to get overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of city life. 

 

                                               

There has always been a debate as to whether medication can be replaced by the other alternatives or not. While medical experts still dispute this theory, there are some sets of researchers who still believe that medication can definitely be substituted by the other effective methods.

One such example is Biofeedback therapy which is considered to be an ideal alternative to medication. If you have a medication dependence and want to try to live without taking pills everyday, think about biofeedback therapy. Patients can learn to control involuntary bodily processes and thus treat a wide range of conditions like urinary incontinence, chronic pain, headache due to migraine and tension, and high blood pressure.

Because of all the aforementioned benefits and advantages, biofeedback therapy is gaining much popularity in Los Angeles. It sounds like a strange concept, but it’s actually really simple. Below, we chart out the characteristics of BrainPaint Biofeedback therapy.

What exactly is Biofeedback Therapy? 

Biofeedback therapy is an alternative, non-drug, treatment in which patients are taught to control various involuntary bodily processes such as heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle tension. These bodily processes, which are often out of our immediate control, are monitored with the help of various instruments and practice, people can eventually learn to get the control of such movements. With the help of biofeedback, people can benefit themselves as it is useful in improving health, performance, and lastly all the physiological changes that usually occur in combination to emotions, thoughts, and behavior. Gradually, the patient will not require any instrument to understand their reactions and responses, so long as they practice the techniques taught to them buy a specialist.

                         

How does Biofeedback Therapy actually work?

A biofeedback therapy session typically includes a therapist who attaches electrodes to the patient’s skin. Sometimes, finger sensors are used as well. These electrodes are basically sensors that send signals to a monitor that is further used to display a flash of light, sound, or an image to represent the breathing and heart rate, skin temperature, sweating, blood pressure, or muscle activity. These functions change when a person is under stress. The breathing quickens, muscles of a person tighten up, heart rate speeds up, sweating starts, and blood pressure rises. All the stress responses can be seen on the monitor as they happen, and one can also get immediate feedback as one tries to stop them. A biofeedback therapist basically helps the patients in practicing various relaxation exercises which make them able to control various body functions.

Some of the common exercises used in a biofeedback therapy are listed below:

•    Progressive muscle relaxation

•    Deep breathing

•    Mindfulness meditation

•    Progressive muscle relaxation

You can find a more extensive breakdown of these on the Dr. Axe blog.

Different Types of Biofeedback Therapy

Biofeedback therapy is all about monitoring different body functions and so it is divided into different types that are listed below. Read through to get yourself enlightened.

• Heart Rate Variability: As the name suggests, this type of biofeedback therapy is concerned with measuring your heart rate. This specific type of biofeedback therapy is mainly used for asthma, anxiety, irregular heartbeat, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease abbreviated as COPD.

• Electroencephalography (EEG) or Neurofeedback: As quite clear from the name, Neurofeedback or Electroencephalography basically measures brain waves. Neurofeedback is mainly used in treating epilepsy, ADHD, i.e. attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and various other seizure disorders.

• Thermal: Thermal biofeedback therapy measures the temperature of your skin. This is basically used for Raynaud’s disease and headache.

•   Electrodermal activity (EDA): This type of biofeedback is used to measure sweating and is often used for anxiety and epilepsy.

• Electromyogram (EMG): Electromyogram is a form of biofeedback that is used to measure muscle activity. This particular type of biofeedback therapy is used for a number of diseases ranging from muscle retraining after injury, anxiety disorders, headaches, back pains, and incontinence.

Benefits of Biofeedback Therapy

Biofeedback therapy can be used in treating a number of ailments and disorders. Some of them are listed below:

•    Chronic pain

•    Anxiety

•    Headaches

•    High Blood Pressure

•    Urinary Incontinence

•    Constipation

•    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), etc.

There are endless possibilities and uses for BrainPaint and biofeedback therapy. PLaces like, FamilyTime Centers are certified to assist in treatments by sing trained specialists. Biofeedback is not a cure, however, it is a modern practice to naturally maintain and regulate mental health.           

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