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The human body is made up of various chemicals. You probably know them more as enzymes, hormones, and neurotransmitters. With so many different compounds flowing through your veins, it’s not unlikely that a chemical imbalance can occur. These imbalances can be due to age, diseases, injuries, poor nutrition, or even chronic stress. In fact, we often associate a chemical imbalance with a mood or mental disorder.
When your doctor mentions a chemical imbalance, they’re usually referring to the neurotransmitters, or chemical messengers, in the brain. These imbalances exist because your brain has created neural pathways associated with stress, anxiety, and even irrational conclusions. While we can say that people are predisposed to anxiety symptoms, we cannot say that people are “born” with certain mental conditions related to chemical imbalances. These symptoms develop over time and a result of an individual’s environment early in life.
How These Pathways are Created
The neural pathways that develop in your brain decide which neurochemicals pass through each synapse. They also determine the strength of these neurochemicals. When we discuss your chemical imbalances, it’s essential to understand that your neural pathways determine your neurochemistry, not the other way around.
Often, adults and children will see their doctors, seeking help, and even medications for mental and mood disorders. Your doctor will write a script that will temporarily change the brain chemistry, but this is not permanent solutions to the chemical imbalances caused by the neural pathways your brain has created over the years.
Why Neurofeedback Therapy Works
To find a permanent solution for you or your child, you must first seek a therapy that works to change those neural pathways and associations in the brain. This is exactly what is done here at Grey Matters through neurofeedback therapy. By learning new strategies, rational concepts, and new thinking methods, you or your child can learn to extinguish social anxiety, depression, and overcome ADD/ADHD symptoms and other mental health disorders.
However, this is not a one-time fix-all solution. Neurofeedback therapy is just like anything else in life—it’s a skill and a learned technique that takes practice and repetition. Think about your first time learning to ride a bike. You were likely not very good at it, even falling off in the grass or on the hard pavement. But slowly and surely, with each remount, you were able to find your balance, learn to pedal, and hold yourself upright. We accomplish this same learning and relearning through neurofeedback.
How to Maintain Brain Balance
In addition to neurofeedback, maintaining your brain’s balance requires thought and effort, just like riding a bike. You can help keep your new-found health by:
- Exercising often. If you suffer from anxiety and depression, studies have shown that regular exercise can help combat the symptoms, releasing more endorphins, or the happy hormone, into your brain. This helps boost your mood and stimulate a chemical balance in your brain and throughout the body.
- Eating more veggies. Your diet has just as much influence on your mental health as your environment does. If you want to help balance your brain, try eating a diet rich in leafy greens and vegetables!
- Consuming omega-3s. There’s a reason your mom made you eat your fish, and that’s because of the omega-3 fatty acids! These acids are essential for brain function, and a deficiency can cause chemical imbalances that lead to depression and anxiety.
- Getting enough sun. Okay, so we don’t mean laying out and getting a tan all the time. But, we do encourage an intake of vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption, a healthy immune system, and helps regulate your mood. Makes sense—since being out in the sun can help improve your mood.
Get Your Therapy Started Today
If you or your child has developed a chemical imbalance, resulting in depression, anxiety, or any other mood or mental disorder, then let our team at Grey Matters of Carmel help! Our neurofeedback therapy is a non-invasive, medication-free approach to restoring balance in the brain so you can continue to live a happy, healthy life! Contact us today to learn more and sign up for our free consultation.