There is good stress, studying hard for an exam, and there is bad stress.  Bad stress is that which never stops.  We know that chronic stress affects the brain.  When over stressed the brain produces cortisol,  the stress hormone, and puts the brain in a constant fight or flight pattern.  And, cortisol affects the white matter, the connectivity of the brain.  Neurofeedback is a treatment that can be used to improve overall connectivity in the brain.

When you are experiencing stress on a chronic level this triggers long-term changes in brain structure and functionality that can lead to depression and other issues.  We know that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects the gray matter and the white matter, as well as the size and connectivity of the amygdala.  The studies might help explain why young people who have chronic stress early in life might have anxiety, mood disorders, and learning differences as adults.

w_graymatter       The gray matter of the brain is densely packed with nerve cell bodies and is responsible for the brain’s higher functions, like thinking, computing, and decision making.  The white matter is comprised of axons that create a network of fibers that interconnect neurons and create a communication network between brain regions.  White matter plays a role in mental conditions like schizophrenia, autism, depression, ADHD and PTSD.

A recent study by the University of California, Berkley, underscores the importance of managing chronic stress and taking care of your brain to avoid mental conditions.  Dr. Daniela Kaufer, UC Berkeley, who holds the associate professor of integrative biology, discovered that chronic stress and elevated levels of cortisol can generate more overproduction of myelin-producing cell and fewer neurons than normal.  Kaufer published her report in February, 2014, in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, concluding that acute prolonged chronic stress can cause serious problems for the brain.

stressYour brain is constantly undergoing changes and seeking balance to be in a self regulated state.  Stress shrinks brain networks, makes it really hard for brain optimization.  LORETA Z score neurofeedback, trains the brain networks, creating neural plasticity and connectivity.

Call today, 817-500-4863, and schedule a consultation to learn how you can manage you stress in a positive way and improve your overall brain functioning.