The parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) is one part of the ANS. In some states, the PNS is not stimulated enough, as seen in some people with dysautonomia (or autonomic dysregulation). To learn more about the ANS, please click here. To learn more about dysautonomia, please click here. Quick ANS Review The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)…

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I wrote an introductory article about the Autonomic Nervous System, which can be found here. To review, Autonomic drive is controlled by the Sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). The SNS and PNS control the ‘fight or flight’ and ‘rest and digest’ reactions, which is depicted below. Conditions with Autonomic Dysregulation…

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There are many divisions of the nervous system (or brain). It can get quite complicated, but for now, lets focus on the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The brain controls every physiological function within our body, and the ANS controls very specific functions. The Autonomic Nervous System The autonomic nervous system controls many vital functions. It…

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) are both forms of psychotherapy. During these sessions, people talk to a mental health professional about their issues and are taught skills to help them cope. So What’s the Difference? Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on talking about your problems to help you view your thoughts…

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DBT was founded in 1970 by Marsha Linehan. It was first used with borderline personality disorder, but has also proven successful for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and more. Dialectical is defined as “acting through opposing forces”. In Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), you are taught 2 contrasting strategies: Acceptance (i.e. that your experiences and…

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We’re so used to tracking all sorts of information which tell us all sorts of health information – like blood pressure, number of steps, calories, heart rate, blood sugar. What if we could have data which tells us about our resiliency, behavioral flexibility, stress, anxiety and depression? Well Heart Rate Variability does just that, and…

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