Addictions, Bipolar disorder, and other conditions

The human brain is an incredibly complex organ, with more than 100 billion nerve cells and trillions of tiny connections. Our scientific understanding of the brain has significantly improved over the past century and we’ve gained better knowledge of the intricacies that dictate our behavior. Along with those advancements, a number of additional neurological conditions have been discovered and many of those conditions affect millions of Americans every day. Let’s examine a few of these conditions and how McWhorter CNR can alleviate the symptoms of those conditions.

Addiction

Addiction is one of the most prevalent and complex neurological diseases in America. Over 40 million Americans are addicted to harmful substances like nicotine, alcohol, or other drugs. That means 1 in every 7 people has a psychological or physical inability to stop consuming a substance or participating in an activity, even if it’s causing them psychological or physical harm! It takes an enormous amount of dedicated effort to break an addiction, especially when the addict is dependent on the substance to get through the day. If the more harmful addictions go unchecked or remain unbroken, they can eventually lead to serious self-harm and possibly even death.

While it can look different from person to person, there are some very common symptoms of addiction that are easily identifiable. These include:

  • Loss of control
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Missing important engagements (work/school)
  • Isolation & irritability
  • Craving and compulsive use of a harmful substance
  • Tolerance to a harmful substance
  • Continued use in the face of adverse consequences

Addictions can be managed and effectively treated through a number of ways. At McWhorter CNR, we use cutting-edge treatment techniques, like Neurofeedback, to retrain your brain patterns to avoid addictive behaviors and instead encourage healthy habits.

Anxiety

Your anxiety is a normal evolutionary response to stressful situations, like public speaking or test taking. When your anxiety is excessive, feels overwhelming, and interferes with your daily activities, then you may be suffering from an underlying anxiety disorder.

There are a wide number of anxiety-related disorders, from social anxiety disorder to selective mutism. Each disorder is distinct in their own way, but there are some common symptoms of anxiety disorders that overlap one another. These could include:

  • Constantly feeling nervous, restless, or tense
  • Having a sense of impending danger, panic, or doom
  • Having difficulty controlling your worries
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Struggling to concentrate or think about anything other than the present worry

At McWhorter CNR, we can provide a wide range of drug-free alternative treatments for anxiety disorders. From Neurofeedback to Cognitive Exercise Therapy, we can help alleviate your symptoms of anxiety and keep you calm to progress through your day.

Bipolar

Formerly known as manic depression, bipolar disorder is one of the most common mental health conditions in America. Approximately 5.7 million American adults are affected by bipolar disorder every year. This brain disorder causes episodic mood swings that range from depressive lows to manic highs.

The symptoms of bipolar disorder are usually easy to spot. For a few weeks or months, you may feel invigorated and euphoric, with bounds of energy or an irritable nature. Then, for a similar length of time, you may become depressed, constantly feeling sad and hopeless, as you lose interest in certain activities. The periodic mood swings can affect your sleep, activity, judgement, behaviors, and your ability to think clearly.

Most people who have bipolar disorder may have it for life, but that doesn’t mean those mood swings can’t be controlled. At McWhorter CNR we can develop a drug-free treatment plan and utilize innovative methods to effectively suppress the symptoms of bipolar disorder.

Depression

Clinical depression is one of the more serious mental health conditions. This mood disorder can cause severe symptoms that affect how your feel, think, handle daily tasks, and interact with the world around you. If left untreated or undiagnosed, depression can lead to some serious health concerns, such as unhealthy weight loss or increased risk of illness.

Clinical depression can only be diagnosed if the symptoms are present for at least two weeks. Some of the common symptoms of depression include:

  • A persistently sad or “empty” mood
  • Moving or talking more slowly
  • Decreased energy
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
  • Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, or pessimism
  • Difficulty sleeping, concentrating, remembering or making decisions

Most commonly, doctors will prescribe antidepressants as a treatment for depression. But, these drugs can have negative side effects and are not the best choice for every case of depression. The clinicians at McWhorter CNR offer innovative treatment techniques that can effectively alleviate the symptoms of depression and help you live a happier, worry-free life.

Rage

All of us may experience fits of rage from time to time, which inevitably pass. However, there are a surprising number of people that lose their temper repeatedly and have consistent explosive releases of rage. Those people suffer from a rage disorder known as intermittent explosive disorder (IED). This rage disorder is characterized by disproportionate rage responses that might lead to serious harm through violent words or actions. IED can also be characterized by hostility, impulsivity, and recurring aggressive outbursts.

There are a few easily identifiable symptoms of rage disorders, like IED. These include:

  • Physical or verbal aggressiveness
  • Road rage
  • Intentionally damaging property
  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension
  • Chest tightness
  • Uncontrollable irritability
  • Difficulty controlling one’s thoughts

Rage disorders, like IED, can often coexist with other neurological disorders, like ADHD or bipolar disorders. A rage disorder doesn’t have to control your life though. Drug-free interventions, like Neurofeedback or counseling, can offer you great support and can help alleviate the symptoms of rage disorders.

Sleep And Insomnia

It’s estimated that over 50 million Americans suffer from a wide variety of sleep disorders. Insomnia - a sleep disorder characterized by persistent problems falling and staying asleep - is one of the more common sleep disorders, but there are over 80 documented sleep disorders affecting people every day and night. These disorders drastically change your sleeping patterns and habits to a point when your health is negatively affected. Your sleep cycle is integral to your overall health, so when your sleep becomes worse, your health gets worse.

Each sleep disorder has unique symptoms, but those 80 disorders share some common signs. The common symptoms of insomnia and sleep disorders include:

  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Depression
  • Irritability or anxiety
  • Lack of concentration
  • Strong urge to sleep during the day

Sleep aides, like melatonin, can help you overcome certain sleep disorders, but you may start to develop a dependency on the drug. Many of our alternative drug-free treatment methods can help alleviate your symptoms of insomnia and quell any symptoms of sleep disorders. At McWhorter CNR, we can help you get your sleep cycle back on track and help you improve your health.

If you’re ready to experience relief from your neurological condition, contact McWhorter Chiropractic and Neurological Rehab today!