Caring For Your Mind
Just like when you have a body ache or an ailment that requires attention and care, your brain may also need it. At Pathway To Wellness, we specialize in treating a variety of mental health conditions. Using Micro Current Neurofeedback (MCN), we can help your brain restart by using micro electrical current stimulate to reroute brain wave patterns. This treatment has proven effective in treating a variety of mental health conditions including ADHD, PTSD, depression, insomnia, and anxiety. Micro Current Neurofeedback (MCN) is an effective minimally invasive treatment option and safe for patients of all ages. Many of our patients report seeing positive changes with as little as three treatment sessions. For more information on Micro Current Neurofeedback and how we can help you, contact our office today at (808) 547-5656.
Effective Brain Therapy
IS IT SAFE?
Micro Current Neurofeedback is an FDA registered EEG amplifier and is extremely safe and pain-free. The amount of electric current used is 1/100 of a AA battery for the duration of 1/100 of a second and is not generally noticeable. Treatments are safe and effective for adults and children.
Every patient is different but three to five sessions is usually sufficient to start generating positive results. 10-20 total sessions is common.
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Anxiety is defined by the American Psychological Association (APA) as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes like increased blood pressure.” It affects approximately 40 million Americans, or 18.1% of the population, making it the most commonly diagnosed mental illness in the country. Anxiety can be broken down into several more specific types, which include:
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) – affects 6.8 million adults or 3.1% of U.S. population
- Panic disorder (PD) – affects 6 million adults or 2.7% of U.S. population
- Social anxiety disorder (SAD) – affects 15 million adults or 6.8% of U.S. population
- Specific phobias – affect 19 million adults or 8.7% of the U.S. population
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) – affects 2.2 million adults or 1% of the U.S. population
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – affects 7.7 million adults or 3.5% of the U.S. population
Many people who experience anxiety have more than one of the above, so some of those statistics overlap. However, it is easy to see how pervasive an issue like anxiety is – nearly 1 in 5 people struggle with it regularly. Anxiety disorders develop from a variety of compounding factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.
At Pathway To Wellness, we treat anxiety in all its forms, and we are confident we can find a course of treatment to help you too! We believe that no one should have to live with anxiety and understand that even taking the first step to speak with a doctor about it can be intimidating. Our staff and doctor are compassionate and very familiar with the symptoms of anxiety, which can include:
- Nervousness, restlessness, and feeling like you cannot relax
- Feelings of danger, panic, and dread
- Rapid heart rate and breathing or hyperventilation
- Increased or heavy sweating
- Muscle twitching or trembling
- Weakness or lethargy
- Difficulty focusing
- Digestive problems
- Avoidant behavior
- Obsessions about certain ideas
You can rest easy knowing that your care is in the best hands at Pathway To Wellness. We will carefully go over any symptoms you are experiencing, your medical history, and any other relevant factors such as life events and behaviors. After we’ve gone over this, your doctor can then suggest a plan for treatment. Sometimes this may need to be adjusted over time, but we are always here for you, and providing effective treatment is our utmost goal.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a fairly common disorder that affects a person’s ability to remain focused and control impulsive behaviors. Those with ADHD might find themselves feeling restless and have a near-constant urge to be active and moving. Although it is frequently diagnosed in children and adolescents, ADHD can continue well into adulthood, along with problems such as inattention, disorganization, and poor impulse control.
At Pathway To Wellness, we are pleased to offer treatment options for those with ADHD. Whether you are a parent concerned about your child’s behavior and symptoms, or an adult who feels like this description sounds all too familiar, we are here to help. Living with ADHD can be challenging, regardless of the severity.
Some of the symptoms of ADHD can include:
- Difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play
- Failure to follow through on instructions, projects, or tasks
- Easily sidetracked
- Trouble getting and staying organized
- Frequently losing items necessary for school, work, or other essential tasks
- Becoming distracted easily by unrelated thoughts or stimuli
- Forgetful in daily activities
- Seems not to listen well when spoken to directly
- Fidgeting, squirming, and not being able to sit still
- Inability to quietly engage in play or hobbies
- Being constantly in motion
- Talking nonstop
- Interrupting others when they’re speaking, blurting out answers, finishing other people’s sentences, and not being able to wait for one’s turn to speak
Having any or some of these symptoms does not always mean a person has ADHD. Children are especially prone to some of these behaviors naturally and ultimately learn to harness their energy and focus as they grow. An active child doesn’t necessarily equate to one with ADHD, and we are very careful to assess each patient’s full medical and personal history before making a diagnosis.
It is our highest priority to provide thorough and effective care to all our patients, and that starts with treating the person as a whole, not just the symptoms. Treatment options for ADHD may include medication such as stimulants, non-stimulants, and antidepressants, therapy, and stress-management techniques, to name a few.
If you have questions about ADHD and how we can help you with your symptoms, please call our office at (803) 547-5656 today!
Do you have difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, returning to sleep, or a combination thereof? If so, you may be experiencing insomnia, which is the most common sleep disorder in the United States. As many as 40 million Americans suffer from it every year. Although it can affect men and women and children of all ages, it tends to be more prevalent in women and older adults.
Acute insomnia occurs suddenly and briefly, lasting from one night to a few weeks, and is often due to a particular circumstance, such as an upcoming important or stressful event.
Chronic insomnia, on the other hand, is when you have sleep trouble falling, staying, or returning to sleep at least three nights per week for at least three months straight.
Additionally, there are two types of insomnia: primary, which means it isn’t linked to any other health condition, and secondary, in which the insomnia is a result of another condition such as asthma, depression, arthritis, cancer, heartburn, pain, medication, or substance use.
At Pathway To Wellness, we can find a solution to help you get a restful night’s sleep. Sleep is vital to the proper functioning of practically every other system in our bodies. Without adequate, restful sleep, you can be at a higher risk for developing other conditions, such as hypertension, obesity, depression, and anxiety, to name a few. We will work with you to understand your medical history, as well as your lifestyle habits and patterns. When possible, we will suggest behavioral changes that may improve the likelihood of getting a good night’s rest, but other treatment options can include medication, if necessary.
A clinical diagnosis of depression covers a rather wide range of mood disorders that can vary in how they manifest and affect the patient. If you have been diagnosed with depression, or if you are struggling with symptoms of depression, Pathway To Wellness is here to help. Our compassionate staff understands that living with depression can be exhausting, and we want to not only treat the symptoms but help you, as a person, feel your best.
Signs and symptoms of depression may include, but are not limited to:
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” moods
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Loss of interest in activities, especially those you may have previously enjoyed
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- Trouble sleeping, early-morning waking, or oversleeping
- Appetite and/or weight changes
- Thoughts of death or suicide
- Aches and pains, headaches, cramps, and digestive problems without any apparent physical cause
Depression can be caused by several factors and varies from person to person. Certain factors that can contribute to depression include:
- Brain chemistry
- Family history of depression
- Personal history of other disorders such as anxiety, PTSD, etc.
- Stressful, traumatic life events
- Hormone fluctuations due to menstrual cycles, pregnancy, etc.
- Medications such as sleeping aids, pain medications, and blood pressure medications
- Substance abuse
Additionally, there are nine distinct types of depression:
- Major depression – most common and usually recurrent throughout the person’s life
- Dysthymia – also called Persistent Depressive Disorder due to a persistently low mood that lasts at least two years, sometimes described as feeling like living on “autopilot”
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – depression brought about by lack of natural sunlight, typically occurs during winter months when the days are shorter
- Atypical depression – those affected often report a feeling of heaviness in their limbs, and may also experience irritability, overeating, oversleeping, and relationship problems
- Bipolar disorder – also called Manic Depressive Disorder due to the alternating episodes of depression and mania
- Psychotic depression – a depressive episode so severe that the person begins hallucinating and becomes somewhat catatonic
- Postpartum depression – begins after giving birth and extends beyond typical “baby blues” (which clears up within two weeks); can last for several months or more and includes feelings of extreme sadness, anxiety, exhaustion, and sometimes fears of harming one’s self or the new baby
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder – a severe depression that occurs during the second half of the menstrual cycle (after ovulation) and can include irritability, anger, and hopelessness
- Situational depression – triggered by life-changing events such as divorce, death of a loved one, job loss, etc.
Depending on the type of depression and the cause, there are numerous treatment options we can explore to determine the one that will work best for you. Every person is unique and what works for one patient may not work for another, so we always consider the whole person before deciding how best to help you.
To speak with a doctor about your symptoms, please call our office at (803) 547-5656. We’d love to help you and look forward to your call.
Migraines are a recurring kind of headache, usually affecting one side of the head and characterized by their severity. They often have unique symptoms like sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, weakness, and visual anomalies like arcs of light. These symptoms are usually exacerbated by movement, and many find some relief by laying in a dark, quiet room until the migraine subsides. Afterward, during a period called the “postdrome,” you may feel exhausted, weak, and even confused for up to a day.
There are 4 main factors that contribute to the onset of a migraine: Hormonal, Nutritional, Musculoskeletal and Neurological. These 4 factors encompass several known triggers that can vary widely from one person to another. These triggers are not limited to, but may include:
- Hormonal changes
- Bright/flashing lights
- Sudden weather changes
- Lack of sleep or too much sleep
- Loud noises and strong smells
- Medication or migraine medication overuse
- Caffeine or caffeine withdrawal
- Fermented, pickled, or aged foods
We at Pathway To Wellness, strive to address each of the many contributions to your condition. We know that suffering from migraines can dramatically impact your quality of life and it is our goal to treat the root cause of your pain, rather than just masking your symptoms. We want to help you regain control of your migraines so that you can experience a better, more pain-free life.
For more information about our services or to schedule a consultation, contact us today at (803) 547-5656.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition triggered by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. For many, time and self-care can heal the trauma of such events, but for some, the experience leads to long-lasting symptoms that can interfere with daily activities. If these symptoms persist for months or years, you may have PTSD, and getting treatment is crucial to recovering from the trauma of your experience. At Pathway To Wellness, we are here to help you process what you’ve been through, which can help to reduce your symptoms and improve function.
Symptoms of PTSD are generally grouped into four primary types – intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, and changes in physical and emotional reactions. Those with PTSD may experience symptoms from one or all of these categories, including:
- Recurrent, unwanted and distressing memories of the event
- Reliving the event (flashbacks)
- Upsetting dreams or nightmares about the experience
- Emotional distress triggered by certain objects, situations, or other factors that may remind you of the traumatic event
- Trying to avoid thinking or talking about your experience
- Avoiding places, people, and activities that remind you of the traumatic event
Negative Changes in Thinking and Mood
- Feeling of hopelessness
- Memory problems, which may include difficulty recalling important aspects of the event
- Negative thoughts about yourself and others
- Trouble maintaining relationships
- Lack of interest in activities and hobbies you previously enjoyed
- Feeling emotionally detached
- Trouble experiencing positive emotions
Changes in Physical and Emotional Reactions
- Being easily startled or frightened
- Feeling the need to be “on-guard” all the time
- Sleep problems
- Difficulty concentrating
- Self-destructive or reckless behavior
- Irritability and aggressive behavior
- Overwhelming feelings of guilt or shame
We are a compassionate practice and know that the road to feeling like yourself again can be overwhelming at times. We take the time to thoroughly assess your symptoms and history before we recommend a course of treatment for you. Options may include psychotherapy and/or medication. Our goal is to help you address your symptoms, think and feel better about yourself and the world, learn ways to cope with symptoms if they arise again, as well as treat any secondary problems such as depression, anxiety, or substance abuse.
If you think you have PTSD or have been diagnosed with it previously, we are here to help you. Please contact our office today at (803) 547-5656 for an appointment.