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Do you have a pill for Happiness?

Happiness

Neurofeedback a non-invasive treatment for ADHD/ADD, Autism Spectrum, and addictions.

It helps the brain to regulate itself in a way that the person treated is able to overcome whatever the deficit she/he has.
Sometimes my clients come to me and ask: “Do you have any pills for Happiness?” most of the time we both laugh and talk about our dreams of making it happen.
How great would be if we could just take a pill and feel happy. We could go through our day facing challenges and problems keeping the happiness state 24/7. Nothing would make us feel discouraged, angry, inappropriate, or sad.
Our brain has an emergency system that activates very specialized chemicals when we are experiencing stressful situations. It is like the smoke detector in your house. When it senses smoke it immediately ignites and releases that sound announcing that it is time for you to get out of the house to be safe. You leave the house, the fire department comes and takes care of the problem and the system goes back to its normal state until the next time it senses smoke again.

Our brain releases chemicals to prepare our bodies to fight or flight

So when we perceive a certain situations as dangerous or threatening, the brain releases chemicals to prepare our bodies to fight or flight the same way our ancestors used to do when facing a lion. It is not bad when it happens the same way as the smoke detector, and as soon as the problem is resolved we can get back to our normal state. Stress is beneficial when we are able to take the necessary actions to resolve the problem we are facing at the moment and get back to our normal stated after that. Actually we need certain amount of stress to be motivated to take actions. But what happens if you are not able to simply relax for a while until the next challenge comes. What happens if you are in a constant pressure moment after another throughout your day every day?

When we are locked inside ourselves with feelings and emotions generated by chronic stress, anxiety, depression and trauma, it is very difficult for us to believe and understand that we can live our lives fully. It is almost as if we are living in this limb with no hope for a better future. We are engrained with feelings of profound sadness and pain. It seems that there is nothing we can do to make it better. Read the rest of this entry »

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