Welcome! I'm Dean Anthony...
My office is located at the Omega Care Planning Council, 125 Edinburgh South Dr., Suite 210, Cary, NC 27511.
Please call me for an appointment or further information at 315.783.3937.
Peak brain performance is a flexible brain and body that responds to experience with ease and flexibility. We can teach our brains to work more efficiently to increase attentiveness and improve cognitive functioning.
An efficient rhythmic brain processes experience and engages the executive part of the brain to respond. It sleeps more deeply, forms and accesses memory more readily, thinks more clearly, and can focus on tasks long enough to complete them.
The FREE workshop will introduce and teach an integrated practice of mindfulness meditation, visualization, neurofeedback, body scans and light yoga, along with education on role of physical conditioning and whole food in a healthy brain.
I hold free workshops on health & wellness to introduce you to a valuable and effective way to improve and sustain your PEAK PERFORMANCE.
The workshop will introduce, teach and practice mindfulness meditation and visualization, neurofeedback, light yoga, cognitive enhancement, and brain structure and function.
A free voluntary EEG measurement of brain performance is available for workshop participants.
During the free workshop, I am offering an INTRODUCTORY package of 3 sessions at $30 per session. These sessions are geared towards improving relaxation and quality of sleep.
Please take advantage of this valuable introductory offer!
After the introductory package, subsequent sessions are $60/session and will focus on further improvement of either brain performance, relaxation, sleep, or memory.
Clinical sessions are available at $75/session. (Individual & Family)
Dean Anthony at the 2013 Vet Expo, SUNYIT, Utica, NY
The articles in this section have been written by Dean Anthony.
A deeper understanding of the structure and functioning of our brains has opened a new opportunity to resolve the anxiety and depressiveness many of us feel in the face of modern life.
This column will introduce this new understanding of our brain structure and functioning to enhance well being and treat a wide range of mental health conditions, with a focus on trauma, anxiety, depression and opiate dependence. We can increase our emotional resilience, a key to resolving these conditions.
We live in uncertain times as we move more deeply into the jobless post-industrial economy. Our families and communities are fragmenting and our natural environment is stressed.
Individually and socially we are intensely anxious about these new insecurities. Almost twenty percent of us qualify for anxiety disorder diagnosis. All of us are worried about what this means for us.
Intense anxiety, emotional shutdown, avoidance and re-experiencing events are the common symptoms of an overwhelming experience, a trauma. The emotional part of the brain receives threat signals from the body senses and in turn sends on guard signals to the body. Heart rate goes up, lungs breath more rapidly, the stomach shuts down, muscles contract, and body temperature and blood pressure go up. Pupils dilate. We feel the jitteriness and queasiness of the body’s preparation for fight, flee or freeze. The choice we make among these possibilities will structure how effective we are at resolving the threat and returning to a rest state.
If we find our way to a fight response we might work more assertively to address the stress itself and reduce the survival response because the threat is lower. If we respond passively we are less likely to resolve the stress and may fall prey to it. Freeze is the default choice of young children who cannot fight or run, so have to turn to emotional shut down, hiding and freezing to survive. This is an automatic response of the autonomic nervous system when we are overwhelmed. When our coping strategies do not work, our nervous system shuts down. We often carry that pattern into adulthood where survival strategies of a child work less well. As an adult we have to learn how to identify trauma and anxiety, adopt calming strategies to reduce the intensity of arousal, and deal directly with the threat both internally and externally.
This column will focus on how to understand a wide range of psychological conditions including trauma and anxiety, identify calming strategies, and develop trauma resolution and anxiety self regulation.
I will attempt to explain what we are learning about the brain and how we are applying that understanding to heal ourselves. For instance, mindfulness meditation reduces the size of the amygdala, the part of the brain that alerts the body to get on guard. Breath work slows the activity of body and brain. With control over the intensity of our emotional arousal we are more able to engage the stress.
Neurofeedback measures brain wave frequency and size. With this information we can condition the brain to respond flexibly to experience instead of remaining stuck in one response for all situations. This is the root of self-regulation of both brain frequencies and behavior.
Both of these techniques reduce brain wave frequency and body arousal resulting in a feeling of calmness and equilibrium while increasing our personal power. We can now more easily manage both internal and external stressors. We are engaging the plasticity and flexibility of the brain to address internal anxiety as well as respond to the external stressors.
The brain is far more adaptable and plastic than we knew. It is not a fixed entity that comes to us at birth. It is dynamic, flexible and adaptable. It is always creating new neurons and connections among them and pruning them as well. It is possible to use this process to improve sleep quality, reduce anxiety, and increase attention while reducing impulsivity.
It is the intention of this column to bring this new information to the reader and introduce how it is being used in therapeutic situations to change people’s lives.
We have been exploring the potential of modern brain science to inform therapy for conditions we label as disordered, like trauma, anxiety and dependence.
Neuroscience, however, is also used to optimize brain-body performance. Athletes and musicians regularly use neurofeedback to regularize the rhythms of the brain optimizing its performance.
This technique is useful for other groups too, like the elderly, who can benefit from a regular brain “tune up”. A recent study looked at the evidence of effectiveness using a variety of techniques to address shrinkage in the memory center of the brain. It found that a holistic approach to brain health effectively reduced the amount of atrophy the memory center experienced.
We can have an impact on the health of the brain-body. As one organism, they are in constant communication to formulate and carry out responses to stress. Mindfulness can reduce the size of the fear center and contribute to the health of the memory center. Both are located in the emotional center of the brain.
The study asked if the elderly would experience an increase in cognitive thinking skills through a brain fitness program. Each participant received weekly cognitive stimulation, neurofeedbck training, counseling to support a Mediterranean diet, Omega 3 supplements, aerobic exercise and mindfulness meditation.
Eighty four percent of the participants, average age 70, experienced significant improvements in cognitive ability. Twelve of 17 participants experienced some growth in the memory center, the hippocampus.
Neuroscience gives us the ability to measure what is happening and what changes as we condition the brain to increase its rhythmicity. It is a way of keeping score. We will know if the technique we are using is effective because we can measure its effectiveness.
I often start a NFB session with a short biofeedback experience to set the stage for the work to come. The monitor expands and contracts a visual image in a slow rhythm. The participant breathes in and out on the rhythm of the image and coordinates heart and lung rhythms to the rate of expansion and contraction. The computer monitors body rhythms with a small clip lightly attached to the ear lobe. A light comes on and a soft sound is emitted when the heart and lungs are coherent with each other. Biofeedback is measuring the baseline and the change while also conditioning the brain-body with the rewards. We can keep score. When we can see progress it is easier to believe in it and find hope that we can learn to self regulate our mind, brain, and body.
With a calmer mind, brain, and body it is easier to reduce arousal in the brain and begin to train to increase coherence in function. A calm brain puts the front of the brain, the executive center, into play and we respond to situations rather than react out of a fearfully aroused fear center.
The study of the elderly increased physical fitness, stimulated cognitive skills, and enhanced brain wave activity. What is good for the body is also what is good for the brain. Healthy food, good sleep, physical activity, cognitive stimulation and mindfulness. It is the holistic application of the elements of a healthy life that contribute to the health and good functioning of our brains and our bodies.
My office: Omega Care Planning Council
Address: 125 Edinburgh South Dr. Suite 210, Cary, NC 27511
Please contact me for an appointment or for additional information.