An Unhealthy Gut & Anxiety

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Sep
2013
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I always like to consider thinking, “outside of the box,” and I believe some “alternative ideas” really can and do work. Please take a moment to read:  http://abcnews.go.com/Health/anxiety-head-gut/story?id=20229136

I have known about Dr. James Greenblatt, a Boston-area psychiatrist, for some time now. He worked at McLeans Hospital when I was receiving my clinical training. McLeans is a premier mental health facility that works with Harvard’s Medical School.  Greenblatt does not practice “alternative medicine,” rather he is an expert psychopharmacologist. He has since left McLeans and is now a clinical faculty member at Tufts Medical School.

“Dr. Greenblatt, like many others, are beginning to recognize the power of healthy gut bacteria. The average adult carries up to five pounds of bacteria — trillions of microbes — in their digestive tract alone.

A recent study in the journal Science showed that thin and fat people have different bacteria — a discovery that could lead to weight-loss programs. Doctors have also been using fecal transplants to seniors when their gastrointestinal health is compromised in nursing home living.”

Dr. Greenblatt believes there may be a link between what’s in your gut and what’s in your head. He goes so far as to suggest that certain bacterias actually may play a role in the following disorders such as anxiety, schizophrenia and autism. “In some patients, the strep bacterium has been linked to OCD in a condition known as PANDAS.”

“According to, Jane Foster, associate professor of neuroscience and behavioral science and part of the McMaster University & Brain-Body Institute.

“Anyone who has a mental health disorder that coincides with a GI disorder is a good candidate for probiotics,” she said.

One such candidate was Adam Johnson, who since the age of 5 has struggled with ADHD, anxiety and some mood disorders, and has been treated with a variety of medications.

“We know now he had too much stimulation and realize his brain worked differently than everyone else’s,” said his mother, Kay Lynn Johnson of Massachusetts.

“Adam is a very slow processor and deep thinker and has an incredibly divergent brain going a thousand miles an hour all the time,” she said.

For many years, he was treated by a well-respected pharmacologist and a therapist, according to Johnson. But prescription medications were not working well enough, and by the time he was 14, his family turned to integrative medicine looking for a “broader range of tools.” His urine and blood tests found a bacterial imbalance.

“I don’t want to bad mouth drugs — they have a place,” said Johnson. “But I think there’s more to learn.”

Last year, he was taken off all medications, put on a special diet and treated with probiotics. “Friends, family and his teacher were amazed,” said his mother.

Today, Adam is in honors classes, playing clarinet in the band and doing well. “It’s been a real triumph,” she said.”

For a more in depth look on this topic, I recommend reading:

Anxiety Treatment-Personal Experiences

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Sep
2012
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I often have clients ask me if I’ve ever “sat on the couch.” They ask me how I stay sane in a world that can feel chaotic. “Robin, have you ever experienced the problem I’m having? Have you ever sought anxiety treatment?” These questions pose a dilemma. How much should we share about our lives with our clients? I can’t think of a colleague I respect or have learned from who has not dealt with their own emotional issues. We are all human and share similar experiences. When I have been asked about “the couch”, I provide an honest answer. Clients thank me for my honesty and end up feeling more comfortable, knowing I understand their fears about seeking anxiety treatment.
Today I will share with all of you a small piece of my own history. I do deal with anxiety. It’s not all consuming, but fears do reach their way into my world at times. I have asked myself over the years how much of my angst is inherited and how much is a result of learned behavior. You’ve heard of the age-old “nature VS nurture” debate. I was raised by a successful but anxious parent. He taught me a lot about how to lead a good life, be kind, and work hard. However, he expressed all of his anxiety, and I apparently took it on as my own. I will also admit that as a parent, I now realize one of my children took on anxious behavior from me, as well. So much for being the well-adjusted, perfect parent! What I have taught my children is that when life throws us curve balls and situations make us uncomfortable, we should deal with the issues at hand. I’ve also impressed to them that if they can’t get the support they need from me as their mother, they are encouraged to seek help from an outside professional. After all, who can be totally objective when dealing with your own child? I believe that when we catch problems early, the “fixes” are easier. Small problems equal small repairs. Large problems require larger repairs. How are you dealing with the curve balls thrown your way? It is my hope that you will be as passionate about caring for your life as I am with my work. Enjoy a calm and less anxious day. “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” ~Charles Spurgeon

Marital Anxiety-Anxiety Treatment

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Sep
2012
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Sam was furious last week as he walked into my office. He vented about his marriage. He explained to me that he felt he and his wife were no longer in love. To add to his overall stress, his job was not satisfying, and he had no idea where to go next with his marriage and life, in general. Sam needed anxiety treatment.

I wanted to hear from Sam, not only about the current state of his marriage, but also about his family and his own history. Sam revealed that he felt unable to trust most people, including his wife, although he wanted to. As Sam talked, it became clear that early experiences affected his thoughts and actions throughout the years. Sometimes anxiety treatment requires undoing a lifetime of habits and hurting. Sam learned his trust issues weren’t caused by his marriage, more so just affecting it. And his anxiety was related to high levels of stress at work.

Sam is learning how to manage his stress and is working on communication skills through exercises including:

~Visualizations

~Mindful breathing

~Listening to relaxation audio

I personally recommend incorporating Belleruth Naparstek CD’s in many instances as part of anxiety treatment.

Her website is http://www.healthjourneys.com

Sam also discussed medications that might alleviate anxiety symptoms and explained to me and his doctor that he hoped medication would not have to be a long-term solution. Sam felt he could consider medication to help as a short-term solution while he worked to alleviate symptoms by identifying the cause. Anxiety is one of the most common reasons people seek support from a therapist.  There are many ways to approach anxiety treatment, and once you talk to your therapist about how anxiety affects you, together you can work to make the necessary changes.

 

College Blues-Anxiety in a New Environment

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Aug
2012
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The falling autumn leaves and bags packed and waiting by the door signal endings…and new beginnings. For many, it marks a journey away from home to begin a college career. Feelings about the new experiences evoke mixed emotions for parents and their young ones getting ready to leave the nest. Parents learn to let go; young adults try to maneuver through a new world with expectations and fears yet untold. Even well-adjusted young adults have apprehension about moving away from home for the first time. Anxiety treatment can help.

Janelle is typical of many young adults who feel anxiety about moving a plane ride away from her family and life-long friends. When she came to me for anxiety treatment Tampa, she explained her stressful situation. She told me that her roommate in her dorm was involved in behavior Janelle had no interest in being a part of.  Also, Janelle felt pressure related to sexual activity that she wasn’t ready for. And classes were much more challenging then she’d expected. In high school, learning had always been easy for Janelle; even her AP classes hadn’t caused her much anxiety. Now in college, she was crammed into large classes with other equally bright students all vying for the top spots it the class. Janelle didn’t know how she’d be able to balance her assignments with her social life.  There were as many options for parties to attend as there were items on a fast-food menu.

All of sudden, Janelle began to lose her appetite and felt she was having panic attacks. She felt sad thinking about her old friends and feared she would not find friends as close as those she had left behind. Janelle spent the first semester receiving anxiety treatment Tampa talking about her fears, learning how many of them were fairly normal and expected. Janelle learned to have a voice and set clear boundaries with her roommate.  She communicated wither her professors when she was confused about assignments. And she found social activities that were fun and where peers didn’t impose judgment. Learning to talk about her concerns in anxiety treatment Tampa took away the pressure. She learned how to take care of herself, find ways to calm her fears and fully embrace the college experience.

Please seek anixeity treatment Tampa if you need to talk to someone.

Anxiety Treatment in the Dating World-How Psychoanalytic Therapy Can Help

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Aug
2012
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Karen collapsed on the couch moaning, “I can’t believe it! Typical. Another man I just met and then went out on a date with turned out to be a complete jerk!”  Karen had been in psychoanalytic therapy for anxiety treatment for several months and had reached the stage where she felt completely comfortable letting it all out as soon as she walked in the door.  I knew we’d need to look deeper; she didn’t just need me to counsel her on how to avoid jerks in the dating world.  Today, Karen’s anxiety became the focus.  We began to explore what happened and dissected not only the events of the date, but also her role in the relationship.  Karen was very anxious about not being able to find a partner that would meet her expectations. She found herself frequently making choices that made her personal life worse.

During our session, we talked about how she often felt the need to calm her anxiety by having an alcoholic beverage.  She explained that drinking gave her confidence, making her feel like she could sound more intelligent and funnier in conversation.  Karen revealed that while she felt this way after that first drink, ultimately she would drink too much and in the end, she said, “I often make a fool of myself and really, the only thing I was trying to do was have a good time and make a good impression. Well, I made a mess of it again!”  I explained to Karen that drinking wasn’t the answer.  Karen was able to talk about her fears and pain of her past experiences.  She began to use mindfulness and calming techniques to help her explore her past, understand her choices, and move forward making healthier choices.  Mindfulness, as part of Karen’s therapy, was essential in helping her make progress.