As technology improves and behavioral research gains deeper insights into human brain function, the field of neuroscience is rapidly evolving – providing remarkable insights into how the mind functions, especially when it comes to the areas of mental health and addiction. Based on these powerful new insights, neuro-rehabilitation is taking a science-based approach to identifying and ending addictive behaviors. There are now several different neuro-rehabilitation treatment approaches that can be used to address specific patient conditions. Here at Unity Behavioral Health, we are at the forefront of using these methods in a clinical setting, helping provide unmatched results for our patients.
With Neuro Behavioral Therapy (NBT) our Neuro Scientist & Psychologists will restore the regulation of neuronal pathways in your brain by identifying abnormalities in your brain and creating a precision medicine treatment protocol that is tailored to reset your individual brain dysregulation by using:
What are Neurobehavioral Disorders?
Neurobehavioral disorders are when diagnoses come as a result of behavioral roadblocks that co-exist with brain disease, traumatic brain injury, and acquired brain injury. Some of these behavioral roadblocks may exist due in large part to the brain diseases listed below:
- Neuro-oncological Conditions
There is a huge difference when it comes to traumatic brain injury and acquired brain injury. Traumatic brain injury is referred to as a brain injury that comes as a result of an external force while an acquired brain injury refers to non-traumatic or traumatic injuries that come as a result of an event after birth.
Common Neurobehavioral Disorders
There are many neurobehavioral disorders that are quite common among a plethora of individuals, some of which are listed below:
- Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Traumatic Brain Injury
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or as it is most commonly referred to, ADHD, is a neurobehavioral disorder that influences hyperactive and impulsive behaviors. This disorder is most common in children, and a staggering 9.4% of children ages 2-17 are to show for it according to The Centers for Disease Control. Those who suffer from ADHD have a hard time focusing on a single task or sitting for long periods of time.
Some symptoms of ADHD are listed below:
- Problems focusing
- Problems prioritizing
- Poor time management
- Exessive frustration
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder, or as it is most commonly referred to, ASD, is a neurobehavioral disorder that impairs social skills, communication skills, and behavior. This condition relates to the development of one’s brain, and when someone suffers from ASD, they exhibit a vast array of repeated behaviors. ASD impacts one of every 54 children in the United States according to the CDC.
Autism Spectrum Disorder gets its name from the variety of symptoms or severity of symptoms people with ASD face. There are different kinds of Autism as well as different levels of severity concerning the spectrum. This disorder has no regard for context and has no care concerning who it impacts. People from every culture and economic background experience this disorder.
ASD can very well last a lifetime, but that’s not to say there is no hope. There are treatments and services available for those suffering from ASD. These programs fixate on improving someone’s symptoms and functionality in order that they can improve their livelihood and that of those around them.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a dysfunction of the brain caused by external forces. This mostly involves a blow to the head from either a sport, car accident or violent altercation. The symptoms of TBI are listed below:
- Blurry vision
- Lack of concentration
- Persistent crying
- Irritable behavior
TBI impacts nearly one and a half million people yearly in the United States; it is considered to be an acquired brain injury because it comes as a result of an external factor after someone has already been born. Treatment for this neurological disorder could involve rest, surgery, or a form of medication.
Dementia is what is referred to when someone’s cognitive functions are declining. One symptom that is largely associated with Dementia is forgetfulness, but this disorder could also contribute to other symptoms such as limited social skills, social and behavioral changes. One common misconception concerning dementia is that it is a single disorder, but this is not necessarily true; Dementia is merely a term that acts as an umbrella to describe the symptoms one experiences when suffering from it.
Epilepsy is a neurobehavioral disorder that refers to a brain’s nerve cell function being disrupted. As a result, someone who has developed this disorder will suffer from a plethora of symptoms including seizures, sometimes resulting in a lack of consiousness. This disease comes as a result of both genetics and external trauma depending on the case at hand and can be treated using surgery, medication, or dietary changes.
Used often as a way to make sense of one’s rough night’s sleep, Insomnia is a neurobehavioral disorder that causes someone to have trouble falling and/or staying asleep. Sometimes these symptoms will come and go depending on the individual, but other times it can either last throughout the short term (acute) or long term future (chronic).
When it comes to acute insomnia, the time table looks like it lasts somewhere between one night and a few weeks. When someone suffers from chronic insomnia, however, symptoms can last anywhere from 3 nights a week at the least, 3 months, or more. The cause for insomnia in most cases centers around the following:
- Poor sleeping patterns
- Lack of exercise
- Chronic illness
Those who suffer from insomnia will either experience difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or both. Many who deal with Insomnia rarely ever experience a good night’s rest.
Though this all seems discouraging, there are options available to treat Insomnia. These options could include improving sleeping habits, therapy, or any sort of medication (although medication should always be overseen by a licensed health-care professional).
Overseeing Medication and Behavior
Depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems are treated with certain medications so that those suffering are able to stabilize their behavior. Medication is always a safe bet when dealing with any health issue whether it be physical or mental, but the goal should always be balanced.
Monitoring behavior and medication are some of the most important things we do at Unity Behavioral Health; we want our patients to always know that they are being well taken care of and not just written off as another behavioral case. Managing medication and monitoring behavior helps us do this.
What Should Treatment Look Like?
When it comes to Neurobehavioral therapy at Unity, our goal is to offer research-based treatment that puts the patient at the center of everything. Their needs must be prioritized, otherwise, treatment will be all for not. There is no treatment method that fits like a glove for everyone, and that is why individualized care is at the forefront of what we do here.
Treatment for Neurobehavioral Disorders
Those who treat neurobehavioral disorders usually take a multidisciplinary approach, which means that they’ll combine multiple/several disciplines or professional methods to approach a solution to a problem.
This sort of approach may include a combination of pharmacological and behavioral involvement. Oftentimes when using this approach, health-care professionals do research concerning a patient’s history.
This may involve interviewing caregivers or observing the individual’s behavior. Some formal tests may include standardized cognition assessments that center on cognition, memory, and attention.
Applied behavior analysis is another approach to treating neurobehavioral disorders. This involves the application of learning principles to reach desired outcomes. This method has been known to be quite successful when it comes to minimizing behavioral disorders. This all starts with some sort of functional analysis to help narrow down the reason for someone’s challenging behavior.
After all of this occurs, then health-care professionals can plan around their findings in order to achieve the best results. This is because individualized care is at the forefront of everything we do at Unity Behavioral Health.
We recognize that there is no one-size-fits-all method when it comes to behavioral treatment. Every individual is unique and deserves individualized attention. Because of this, treatment duration will vary.
To learn more about neurobehavioral therapy, contact us today!