Non-Drug Treatment for Stress

Conveniently located to serve the areas of Santa Monica, Venice, South Bay, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Pasadena and all of Greater Los Angeles

At Neurozone, we provide clinically-backed, non-drug treatments and individualized therapies for stress, chronic stress, and stress disorders to restore your body and mind to optimal function.

Stress is an unavoidable part of life. Unfortunately, research shows that the impact of stress on our mind and body builds over time. Prolonged stress can cause fatigue, slow your cognitive abilities, and increase your susceptibility to illness and disease. Without effective ways to manage or combat chronic stress, your body, mind and overall quality of life can suffer.

As one of the top-ranked centers for non-drug based stress treatment, Neurozone utilizes the latest in neurofeedback training therapies and qEEG brain mapping to evaluate the causes and triggers of stress. This enables us to provide effective, integrated therapies for building better coping strategies and optimizing brain function.

Without the use of invasive procedures or drug treatments that often come with significant side-effects, Neurozone’s non-drug treatments for stress can help you build a stronger brain, one neural connection at a time!

Contact Neurozone to schedule your free evaluation.

What is Non-Drug Treatment and Neurofeedback for Stress?

Neurofeedback is a non-drug treatment for stress and provides strong therapeutic outcomes without the risks that are associated with drug therapies. For adults and children who struggle with stress-related disorders or are simply in search of a better solution to chronic stress, neurofeedback and our other non-drug based intervention strategies are proven treatment approaches for stress, chronic stress and its associated symptoms.

How does Non-Drug Treatment for Stress work?

Neurofeedback training forms the basis of our non-drug based treatments. Neurofeedback training, also called EEG biofeedback, neurotherapy or neurofeedback, is a therapeutic technique where real-time feedback of the brain’s electrical activity is integrated with other testing methods such as interviews, questionnaires and psychometric tests. This method provides highly targeted treatment that remediates causes rather than just symptoms.

What is a Neurofeedback Session Like?

Our treatment program was developed with the understanding that it is unreasonable to entirely avoid stress in daily life.

During a neurofeedback training session, one or more electrodes are placed on the scalp and near the earlobes. These electrodes record real-time information related to the brain’s activity, every half second, as the patient interacts with a specialized audio-visual feedback system. Intervals of positive and negative reinforcement, which depend on whether or not particular goals are met, create a guided-learning feedback loop that produces lasting physiological changes in the brain.

In a course of 20 sessions, neurofeedback offers an estimated 72,000 opportunities for the brain to learn desired operating patterns.

With our help, you can achieve a higher level of cognitive function to overcome stressors and enhance your resilience against the demands of daily life.

Adult Men and Women, and children as young as 2 years of age who struggle with chronic stress can benefit from neurofeedback training.

Are you experiencing Chronic Stress?

If you or a loved one are exhibiting the following behaviors, it may be an indication of chronic stress:

  • Eating more or less
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Withdrawing from others
  • Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
  • Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
  • Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)
  • Memory problems
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor judgment
  • Seeing only the negative
  • Anxious or racing thoughts
  • Constant worrying
  • Depression or general unhappiness
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Moodiness, irritability, or anger
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Other mental or emotional health problems
  • Aches and pains
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Nausea, dizziness
  • Chest pain, rapid heart rate
  • Loss of Libido
  • Frequent colds or flu

Experiencing a few or many of the above symptoms can additionally weaken an individual’s physical and emotional resilience, leading to deepening chronic stress and anxiety in a vicious circular feedback loop.

Our Non-Drug Treatments have given our patients relief from chronic stress and the cognitive restoration necessary to optimize brain function.

Consultation and Evaluation – Non-Drug Stress Treatment Specialists

Neurofeedback programs, called protocols, must be defined and are similar to a prescription you would receive for medication. A neurofeedback protocol is defined by which elements of brainwave functionre to be retrained and modified.

A neurofeedback protocol may include the following elements:

  • Lead Sites
  • Brainwave Frequency Bands
  • Target Training Zones
  • Type of Feedback: Audio or Visual
  • Duration of Feedback

At NeuroZone, we are specialists who work with adults and children with neurodevelopmental delays, learning disabilities, and behavioral issues. Our goal is to provide the most comprehensive neurodevelopmental, academic, and behavioral evaluation with a subsequent integrated remediation program for each of our clients.

Integrating QEEG Brain mapping with interviews, questionnaires, psychometric tests and direct observation, we perform a comprehensive assessment to determine the source of cognitive impairments, strengths, weaknesses and emotional response patterns.

We offer one of the few, truly integrated and specialized approaches to overcoming neurodevelopment, cognitive, academic, and behavioral issues in one comprehensive process.

As a Co-Founder and Executive Director of NeuroZone, Erin Badour is a Licensed Speech Language Pathologist, with a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.

About Stress

When it comes to stress relief or coping with chronic stress, many individuals attempt to “suck it up” or resort to destructive alternatives like alcohol and other risky behaviors.

Research indicates a strong correlation between high stress levels and unhealthy lifestyles.

In recent years, there has been a huge increase in prescription drugs and medications used for stress management. Although some of these are known to be effective, many prescription medications come with a slew of long-term side effects.

More than 70% of American adults report feeling stress or anxiety on a daily basis . Chances are high that you or someone close to you is currently dealing with a major daily stressor.

Individuals experiencing constant stress and anxiety may have been triggered by acute stressors. Acute stress can be a singular stressful event or experience such as:

  • Loss of Job or A New Job
  • Major School Test
  • End of a Relationship
  • Sudden Financial problems
  • Illness in the family

Sources of stress may also be internal. For example:

  • Pessimism
  • Fixation on the outcome of an uncertain event
  • Black and white thinking
  • Negative self-talk
  • Perfectionism

Acute vs. Chronic Stress

Stress is your body’s natural, biological response to danger or perceived threats. Good stress, sometimes referred to as eustress, is incredibly useful, stimulating the brain into a heightened state of awareness, helping us work through difficult problems, be more productive, and focus during challenging times. Biologically, the stress response is your body bracing itself for possible injury or infection and functions as part of our evolved fight-or-flight response.

The stress response is well-adapted for short, infrequent triggers, which is known as acute stress.

Acute Stress

Acute stress is typically event-specific and is experienced in a short, heightened burst. In modern life, acute stress can appear in the form of an argument, a close-call in traffic, or a public speaking engagement. During instances of acute stress, the body releases an immediate flood of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, which are known to temporarily tighten the muscles, increase heart rate and sharpen your senses.

Chronic Stress

Though experiencing stress is a natural part of life and a function of human biology, repeated, persistent stress-reactions become a hazard to your health. This is Chronic Stress.

In a healthy stress response, the levels of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol return to normal as the “fight-or-flight” response turns off. In individuals with chronic stress, this reaction remains activated and the body maintains higher baseline level of stress hormones, which is highly disruptive to the rest of your body’s natural functions.

Beyond the internal, unpleasant experience of chronic stress, the impact of persistent stress is evidenced by many physical symptoms.

Sufferers of chronic stress often present secondary symptoms such as:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Pain of any kind
  • Sleep problems
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Digestive problems (GERD, Indigestion)
  • Skin conditions, such as eczema
  • Heart disease
  • Weight problems
  • Reproductive issues
  • Thinking and memory problems
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol

The human body does not discern between a real, physical danger and perceived threats of normal modern life. As a result, our stress reactions are working overtime. In the workplace, about half of workers report feeling stressed. With the constantly accelerating pace of our lifestyles and the demands of career, family and other responsibilities, stress and stress triggers are often unavoidable.

Long Term Costs of Chronic Stress

Research proves time and again that regular exposure to elevated stress levels breaks the body and mind down over time. This is because the body’s stress response can be healthy in small doses, but detrimental if the stress is allowed to build without relief. You may not always have control over the number of stressors or triggers for stress in your present life, but there are real, incredible solutions for developing stress resilience.

We are seeing the real impact of unmanaged stress on a large scale. The average life expectancy in the U.S has trended down for the third year in a row, a trend not seen since The Great Depression. Whereas, on average, life expectancy around the world has seen a consistent improvement, according to the CDC.

But for those looking to break the pattern of stress and revitalize their mental well-being, our non-drug-based therapies are proven and effective.

Contact Neurozone for your free consultation and evaluation.