Traumatic Stress and Anxiety Disorders
Although there are many different symptoms associated with anxiety, often the root cause is an inefficiency in the back of the brain. This inefficiency results in the client not being able to find “peace in their head”. Sometimes the specific symptoms are also associated with other areas of brain inefficiency such as the frontal cortex. Neurotherapy is a very effective treatment for the anxiety disorders because it corrects the root causes in the brain. In some cases behavioral treatment is also required to correct the habit patterns that have developed in response to the anxiety. Such conditions as nail-biting, eating disorders and phobias respond well to this combination of neurotherapy and behavior therapy.
Exposure to traumatic conditions such as interpersonal violence, automobile accidents, or natural catastrophes can have a disabling effect on many people. The response to exposure to these stressful conditions is associated with the person’s stress tolerance, a condition directly related to the anxiety disorders. The same conditions that make a person prone to anxiety symptoms are those that make a person vulnerable to being disabled by traumatic stress. The treatment of traumatic stress likewise is most efficient when neurotherapy is combined with behavior and cognitive therapies.