Treating Stress Helps Us Address Underlying Causes
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) require a structured environment with positive reinforcement, integrative care, and the best in technology. Children and adults with these disorders can learn to self-regulate.
As a patient's anxiety is relieved, relaxation techniques create new neural pathways and personality emerges. At Pacific Solstice, learning about one's stress reaction, how to manage it, and emotional awareness are the beginnings of neuroscience. Yes, neural pathways and neurotransmitters are the means to adapting, regulating, and improving quality of life, but we boil the science down in the spirit of these forerunners in compassionate, informative care. It's brave work to learn about yourself and sometimes even harder to learn about those you love.
On the other hand, in disorders such as alcohol use disorder (AUD) and substance use disorder (SUD), neuroscience plays a vital role in identifying impairments, functional effect, and rehabilitation or compensating techniques - specifically, psychoactive substances such as alcohol, cannabis, stimulants, and opioids, have a significant influence on brain function and its implications for thinking, emotion, and behavior, as well as social and occupational performance. Furthermore, the lack of control and continuing use despite negative consequences suggests changes in executive control and decision-making.
As a result, it's no surprise that substance abuse has become a fertile ground for neuropsychological study and practice, with increasing scientific interest and application in research clinics and addiction treatment facilities. Knowing what specific needs each patient has will have a significant influence on the present treatment approach - this will help us determine which therapy option is the most effective and long-term for each of our patients.
Stress, coping skills, symptomatology, and quality of life are deeply intimate and personal. Neuropsychiatric providers are more important than ever. Neuropsychiatric providers who depend on their colleagues in other subspecialties are of surpassing value in overcoming deficits, impairments, and impulse control. As medicine changes and the brain's plasticity is better understood, Pacific Solstice seizes the day to change the landscape of healthcare into a safer place to heal.
Disease, behavior, temperament, and narrative tell us about how to incorporate and treat each individual's strengths, needs, abilities, preferences, and goals. For example, not everyone suffering from ADHD experiences it the same way, the science embedded in their temperament or behavior is not numbers and letters, it's shared and felt when the patient trusts the provider.
Innovation in Behavioral Health
We recognize what is missing in the current healthcare landscape: the will to innovate relief and tailor care in the details to ensure the person is educated, heard, and empowered in the stress relieving, skill-building journey. Patients and providers need to settle into smaller wins accumulated over longer time periods, utilizing data and evidence based tools to multiply relief across more of the person - the whole person. Each family deserves a trauma-informed framework to forge deeper ties and shared values as one expression of healing.
Pacific Solstice brings this together under one roof. We relieve stress in the care experience, creating a safe space for self-awareness as routine, self-efficacy, and interpersonal connection rise as pillars in the human experience. The brain demands that providers abandon the cookie-cutter approach and weave a fabric of services. It is our ethical responsibility to present families with options. Stigma of neurological illness remains if we assume something is wrong with a person.
If we take Dr. Bloom's lead, we ask, "What happened?" and we listen to the story shared verbally and nonverbally. The gift of mercy in healthcare is what families pay for: mercy to be seen, heard, and valued. Options and multiple treatment paths provide repose for acute and chronic anxiety and/or agitation.
Empathy and Connected Care
Neuroscience does not govern our actions as individuals, this is a cold and removed approach to care. What moves us is that the brain and body are changing every minute. A function of human connection. It's not an adequate scientific model if hospitality and dignity are set aside while we practice medicine. Disease, behavior, temperament, and narrative require empathy and this is your right - the force holding the fabric together.
The Pacific Solstice approach to your health is shaped by these forerunners in compassionate, informative patient care.
- Hildegard Peplau
- Dr. Carl Rogers
- Dr. Viktor Frankl
- Dr. Joseph Wolpe
- Dr. Vincent Felliti
- Dr. Sandra Bloom