Anxiety disorders impact over 40 million people every year within the U.S. Though everyone may experience anxiety from time to time, anxiety disorders cause persistent stress or unease about even daily situations such as socializing with others, driving, or work. Left untreated, anxiety can significantly impact ones’ quality of life and ability to participate in activities that they used to enjoy.
Anxiety is an emotion characterized by strong feelings of tension, worry, physical changes such as an increase in blood pressure and heart rate. People with anxiety disorders have constant intrusive thoughts or concerns.
Anxiety disorders come in a variety of forms from general anxiety to more specific conditions such as social anxiety or panic disorders. Anxiety develops from several compounding factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events. Many patients who are diagnosed with anxiety may also have co-occurring illnesses such as substance abuse, depression, or other mental health conditions.
Common symptoms of anxiety 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
At Mind and Body Healthcare, we tailor each treatment plan to the individual needs of the patient. We will carefully go over any symptoms you are experiencing, your medical history, and any other relevant factors such as life events and behaviors.
Common treatments for anxiety include individual or group therapy, medication, lifestyle changes, and other various therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or electroconvulsive therapy.
Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition characterized by extreme mood swings with significant emotional highs and lows. Both ends of the spectrum cause severe symptoms that can be difficult to manage.
It is a chronic mental health condition that does not have a cure, but the management of symptoms is possible.
The main symptom associated with bipolar disorder is chronic mood swings. During periods of extreme high or mania, the person may feel invincible leading to the engagement of risky behaviors. In episodes of extreme lows or depression, the individual may feel an overwhelming sense of despair or disinterest.
Other symptoms associated with bipolar disorder are often a result of the influence of the mood swings. These symptoms can become aggravated by co-occurring conditions such as substance abuse or other health conditions as substance abuse, depression, or other mental health conditions.
Though there is no cure, the condition is treatable. Treatment focuses on learning how to manage mood swings and symptoms. Gaining a better understanding of your triggers will help you to respond better to your own emotions. Other forms of treatment include medication, individual or group counseling, behavioral therapies, and lifestyle changes.
Over 300 million people are affected annually by depression, making it one of the most common mental health conditions in the world. At Mind and Body Healthcare, we are committed to providing comprehensive mental health services to those who struggle with depression.
What is Depression?
Depression is a mental health condition that can affect the entire body, including the brain. It can negatively alter the way you think, behave, and feel. It may be defined as persistent feelings of sadness, loss of interest, and unrest that last longer than a few weeks.
Anyone can feel sad or even depressed at times. However, depression is a more intense feeling compared to the normal feelings of sadness. Depression is a mental illness that has a wide range of symptoms which can make it difficult to manage and maintain a good quality of life. They can impact a person’s ability to function, maintain relationships, keep commitments, or complete tasks.
Symptoms vary from person to person and appear during the night and day. Common symptoms or signs of depression include:
- A feeling of ongoing sadness, anxiety, or “emptiness”
- Aches or body pain such as migraines, cramps, or digestive problems
- Changes in appetite
- Decreased energy
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling inadequate
- Inability to make decisions
- Loss of interest
- Low self-esteem
- Thoughts of suicide or death
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
Often depression cannot be managed or treated alone. If you or a loved one has begun to show signs or symptoms of depression, seek help.
Fortunately, depression can be treated, and you can find relief from symptoms and improve your quality of life.
At Mind and Body Healthcare, we offer individual and group therapies, behavioral therapy, medication, consultation services, and will work with you to customize a treatment plan that fits your needs and lifestyle. Treatment can vary from therapy, lifestyle changes, stress management, prescription medication such as antidepressants, acupuncture, and other forms of therapies such as electrotherapy or transcranial magnetic stimulation. One unique treatment option for depression we offer is ketamine infusion therapy.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition triggered by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. It can affect anyone at any age.
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.
Symptoms of PTSD are generally grouped into four primary types:
- Changes in physical and emotional reactions
- Intrusive memories
- Negative changes in thinking and mood
Those with PTSD may experience symptoms from one or all of these categories.
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. Common treatment options include therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
What is obsessive-compulsive disorder?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is a mental health condition in which people experience unreasonable thoughts or fears known as obsessions, that lead to compulsions or repetitive behaviors to alleviate the anxiety associated with the obsessions.
If you have OCD and try to ignore your obsessions, you may experience increased anxiety as a result.
If you have OCD, you may have specific routines that can take up large amounts of time to relieve your anxiety. Common signs of OCD include:
- Constant feelings of anxiety
- Repetition of words and actions
- Ordering and arranging
- Excessive agitation or stress
If you have OCD, your compulsions or repetitive actions may consume the majority of your day and interfere with your ability to participate in routine activities such as work or spending time with friends or loved ones.
Through an innovative and multi-disciplinary approach, we can help you to retake control of your life. We will customize a treatment plan that suits your lifestyle and needs. Common forms of treatment include cognitive-behavioral therapy, mediation, counseling, group and individual therapy, and support and education programs.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
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 Mind and Body Healthcare, 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.
In the quest to help you reach your optimal mental health, just prescribing medications isn’t enough. Using a holistic approach, Lori Jenkins, APN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, at Mind and Body Healthcare works to develop a specialized medication and treatment plan to meet your needs. Lori offers services to patients throughout Tennessee using telehealth. Get the most out of your prescription regimen by scheduling your appointment online or by emailing Mind and Body Healthcare today.
Any life changes bring stress, but sometimes those changes are significant enough to cause stress that may feel almost unbearable. Those changes can range from losing a job, a death in the family, or a severe health condition. Lori Jenkins, APN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, at Mind and Body Healthcare, can help patients throughout Tennessee with TELEHEALTH ONLY services. If you’re experiencing a life event that’s hard to manage, email Mind and Body Healthcare or use the online scheduling feature to book an appointment today.
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See where you stand relative to others in your age and gender groups. Your healthcare professional will use this information to help determine your strengths and highest areas of need to help inform your treatment or wellness plan.
Creyos (formerly Cambridge Brain Sciences) is a brain health assessment tool that accurately quantifies brain function and brain health. Our cognitive assessments and health questionnaires—all delivered and scored online—are used by healthcare practitioners around the world to aid in diagnosis, treatment, and proactive health monitoring of their patients.
Over the last decade, there have been many significant advancements within the healthcare industry. Yet, even with the onslaught of innovative healthcare technologies, general knowledge about how the brain functions is still very limited. Today, cognitive degenerative conditions—like Alzheimer’s and other sources of dementia—continue to affect millions of people globally, with no real cure in sight.
At the same time, awareness around brain health is growing. People are concerned about their brain health deteriorating, but they’re also looking to stay sharp in order to maintain good relationships, careers, and other aspects of their lives.
Since 2009, hundreds of thousands of people have used Creyos to gain a deeper understanding of their brain health. As the leading online platform for cognitive assessment with one of the largest secure cognitive databases, we are in the unique position to push the boundaries of our understanding of the brain.
- 12 million+ tasks completed globally and counting
- Backed by 25+ years of scientific research
- Tasks used in 300+ peer-reviewed studies of cognition
The First Step To Managing Your Brain Health Is To Measure It
Quantify core aspects of your brain health using a set of fun, gamified, and scientifically- validated cognitive tasks
Why Measuring Your Cognition Matters
Physical health measurements like blood pressure, heart rate variability, and blood sugar levels are vital in determining the state of our physical well -being. When our health changes, these measures become even more important, enabling us to:
- detect early signs of health decline, and…
- begin the plan and actions required to return us to a good bill of health.
Surprisingly, until now, there has not been a standardized method for quickly measuring core brain functions, such as memory, reasoning, verbal ability and concentration.
Creyos helps solve this problem by giving healthcare providers a simple and scientifically-validated cognitive assessment platform that can be used to objectively measure and monitor a patient’s brain health.
Cognitive assessments are for everyone – whether you’re recovering from a brain injury, have been diagnosed with a mental health condition, or are simply seeking ways to maintain or optimize your brain’s performance. Measuring your cognition will give you and your healthcare provider insights that enable you to take the steps you need to improve your quality of life.
How It Works
Using common everyday devices (tablets and desktop or laptop computers), you’ll complete a series of scientifically-validated, yet highly gamified and engaging cognitive tasks that take 1.5 – 3 minutes each. As soon as you’ve completed the assessment, a report will be instantly generated and available for your healthcare professional to review with you.
What Do These Tasks Measure?
Your cognitive function is made up of at least four distinct domains that contribute to your quality of life: short-term memory, reasoning, concentration and verbal ability. Review the tasks below to see which specific brain functions are measured with Creyos, and which everyday activities are affected by that brain function.
- DEDUCTIVE REASONING Deductive reasoning is the ability to apply rules to information in order to arrive at a logical conclusion. This ability is often used in scenarios such as evaluating a complex argument and deciding if you agree, or solving everyday math problems, such as splitting the bill at a restaurant.
- PLANNING Planning is the ability to the ability to sequence behaviour in an orderly fashion to reach specific goals. This ability is often used in scenarios such as deciding the order of items to pack in the trunk of a car, or organizing your schedule to effectively balance work, chores, and social life.
- VISUOSPATIAL PROCESSING Visuospatial processing is the ability to effectively process and interpret visual information, such as complex visual stimuli and relationships between objects. This ability is often used in scenarios that require precise assessment and reasoningabout objects, such as constructing models.
- MENTAL ROTATION Mental rotation is the ability to manipulate mental representations of objects in order to make valid conclusions about what objects are and where they belong. This ability is often used in scenarios involving assembly, such as. building a deck, putting or planning a new layout for a room.
- WORKING MEMORY Working memory is the ability to temporarily hold information in memory and manipulate or update it based on changing circumstances. This ability is often used in scenarios such as systematically searching for a lost item in your home, and keeping in memory places you’ve already searched, so that you do not search in that same place again.
- EPISODIC MEMORY Episodic memory is the ability to remember and recall specific events, paired with the context in which they occurred. This ability is often used in scenarios such as remembering which cupboard you put your groceries in, learning what each button does in a new app or device, or remembering who you talked to yesterday, and at what time.
- SPATIAL SHORT-TERM MEMORY Spatial short-term memory is the ability to temporarily store spatial information in memory. This ability is often used in scenarios such as following a set of dance moves, or giving directions to someone for a route you just took.
- VISUOSPATIAL WORKING MEMORYVisuospatial working memory is the ability to temporarily hold information in memory, and manipulate it based on changing circumstances or demands. This task involves reproducing a set of relationships between objects in space., This ability is often used in scenarios such as planning your day and the errands you need to run, then carrying out those errands in the correct order by memory.
- ATTENTION Attention is the ability to focus on relevant details or differences, This ability is often used in scenarios such as staying focused on a task when it counts (like driving), identifying similarities and differences when comparing two things, or noticing small interpersonal details, like a partner’s haircut.
- RESPONSE INHIBITION Response Inhibition ls the ability to concentrate on relevant information in order to make a correct response despite interference. This ability is often used in scenarios such as keeping your eyes on the road when driving despite passing distracting signs or people, or inhibiting your emotional gut reaction to a social media post to formulate a more rational answer.
- VERBAL SHORT-TERM MEMORY Verbal short-term memory is the ability to hold information in mind and verbally rehearse it for as long as necessary. This ability is often used in scenarios such as understanding long sentences by remembering the beginning of the sentence by the time you get to the end, or writing down a phone number or entering in credit card information from memory.
- VERBAL REASONING Verbal reasoning is the ability to quickly understand and make valid conclusions about concepts expressed in words. This ability is often used in scenarios such as understanding complex every speech – e.g., “I didn’t know that he wasn’t going to show up.”, or giving clear verbal or written instructions to people who report to you at work.
Creyos Neurocognitive Testing
Objectively Measure Your Cognitive Function
Mental health and mood disorders are intrinsically linked to core seeds of cognitive function that are key to your quality of life. Understand how these disorders are affecting your cognition by completing a cognitive assessment.
How does it work?
✓ Gain a comprehensive understanding of your brain health, which will be used by healthcare professionals to individualize treatment plans according to your needs
✓ Re-assess your cognition throughout treatment to objectively measure improvements, giving you confidence that interventions are having the desired effects
✓ Continue monitoring post-treatment to ensure you’re maintaining a level of cognitive function that enables you to live your best life
Using a tablet, desktop or laptop computer, you’ll take a series of quick, fun, and engaging tasks that have been validated to measure your memory, concentration, reasoning and verbal abilities—all core areas of cognition that may be affected by a mental health condition.
How will results be used?
Can you spot the “Odd One Out”? This task measures your deductive reasoning ability. Common, everyday situations that require deductive reasoning include:
Following a set of rules during tax-time and determining you qualify for a rebate
Coming to conclusions about what’s safe for you to eat given a set of dietary restrictions
Choosing the best hotel to stay at according to the criteria that matter to you most
Results for each task you complete will indicate where you stand relative to others in your age group. Over time, and as you progress through treatment, you’ll begin to see performance trends so that you can objectively evaluate how treatment is affecting you. Your healthcare professional will use this information during intake to ensure they target the right areas during treatment, and then re-assess periodically to measure progress.
Speak to us to begin measuring your cognitive function today.