This Is The Powerful Way Music Boosts Your Brain and Mental Health

Music is one of the few activities where people around the globe respond physically and psychologically in similar ways. Melodies can evoke common emotions and bodily sensations across cultures. For example, studies confirm that lower-pitched sounds can universally evoke feelings of darkness, sadness, and tension, while higher-pitched sounds evoke [...]

This Is How to Sleep Better by Improving Your Brain

Sleep — or lack of it — affects literally every single part of your life, from looking and feeling good to being able to have patience with the kids, to meeting goals at work, to maintaining a healthy relationship with your significant other, and so much more. Other than [...]

This Is How PTSD Damages Your Brain and How to Heal

Trauma is all too common these days, and it can damage your brain. When you think of trauma, you might picture some major life experience, like war, abuse, or crime. Unfortunately, common life experiences, such as divorce, the death of a loved one or pet, a family member's substance [...]

This Is the Best Way to Improve Learning Disabilities

Learning disabilities or disorders (LDs) are umbrella terms for a wide variety of learning issues. A learning disability is not a problem with intelligence or motivation and kids with learning disabilities aren’t lazy or dumb. In fact, most are just as smart as everyone else. Their brains are simply [...]

Here’s How To Rewire Harmful OCD Brain Patterns

Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition where a person has persistent, unwanted thoughts, urges, or impulses (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions) that they feel compelled to perform in response to the obsessions. The obsessions and compulsions in OCD can vary widely from person to [...]

How to Hack Your Brain to Reach Peak Potential

When you think of reaching your “peak potential,” career ambitions, financial goals, athletic accomplishments, or educational achievements probably come to mind. Often, we only consider these kinds of external attributes — meeting goals and building a successful life materially — when thinking about peak potential. But unless you are [...]

This Is the Surprising Way Wearing a Mask Impacts Anxiety

Mask mandates around the country and world sparked heated debates, even screaming matches, at school meetings, grocery stores, and dinner tables. Understanding why some people experience anger and hostility around this issue while others don't has to do with basic human behavior. Everyone's experience on this Earth is subjective. [...]

This Is What ADD/ADHD Medication Does To Better Brain Function

Are you the parent of a child who has been diagnosed with ADHD or are you living with it yourself? If so, then you know first hand the real-life symptoms that accompany the condition: difficulty concentrating and sitting still for long periods, impulsiveness, constant fidgeting or talking, and forgetfulness. [...]

Important Things You Need to Know About Recovering from a Concussion

Every concussion is a brain injury, and any level of concussion can be a serious brain health and neurological event. A concussion is classified as a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Some mTBIs thankfully are minor requiring little recovery time. However, for some unfortunate people, there is nothing mild [...]

Neurofeedback Can Guide And Focus Your Brain To Reduce ADHD Symptoms

In the past, medication has been the standard first-line treatment for most mental health issues. However, unlike other health concerns, professionals treating mental health conditions rarely actually get to look at the brain to diagnose and treat. Instead, a patient typically fills out questionnaires and goes through physical, external [...]

How to Activate Your Parasympathetic Nervous System For Better Health

Most of your vital bodily systems and their responses are regulated by the autonomic nervous system (ANS) which operates below your conscious awareness. That's why you don't have to think about breathing, digestion, or heartbeat. Your brain and body just automatically manage the processes. (Thank goodness!) The ANS has [...]

This Is How to Improve Apraxia

Apraxia is a neurological condition that affects a person's motor planning and coordination skills. In children, it can be present at birth, but it can also develop in adults from neurological events, such as brain injury, stroke, dementia, and brain disease or tumor. Apraxia can manifest in various ways [...]

7 Proven Ways You Can Stop Scary Overthinking & Decrease Anxiety

Your mind can torture you. It can whizz around at dizzying speeds jumping from one thought to the next before you've even had time to worry about the first one. Sometimes, the thoughts that pop into your head are random and maybe a little humorous. At other times, they [...]

Why Your Brain’s Life-Saving Stress Response Is Now Toxic

Your brain is constantly scanning its environment for signs of danger, ready to activate bodily processes and reflexes to keep you safe from anything it perceives as a threat. When danger is detected, all animals, from mice to humans, respond physically with an almost instantaneous sequence of hormonal and [...]

Here Are 10 Proven Ways to Boost Neurofeedback Training

Neurofeedback is a non-invasive, painless practice that guides and teaches a person's brain healthier functioning through real-time monitoring of brainwave activity and feedback. An individual’s brain learns, through operant conditioning, to perform at optimal levels and continues to self-regulate at these levels after training. Because your brain is involved [...]

This Is How Neurofeedback Improves Your Brain via Neuroplasticity

Your brain literally influences every part of your health and life. When it’s not functioning optimally, you can struggle, and your life reflects it. Whether you're facing depression every day, living with a stressed out, anxious partner, or watching your child wrestle with behavior, mental, physical, or other challenges, [...]

The Powerful Health Benefits of Social Interactions

Humans are social animals who need contact with other humans. Much of our development and happiness depends on interactions with other people. Your brain needs it. It's how it learns what it means to be human. In fact, the strongest predictor of a species’ brain size is the size [...]

The Side Effects of Neurofeedback You Need to Know About

Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback therapy where you learn to control your brain activity to guide it to make permanent changes to function more optimally. Neurofeedback is a superior methodology because it doesn’t just mitigate the symptoms. It addresses and permanently changes what’s causing the symptoms or problems [...]

10 Reasons It’s Important Mental Health Be Taught in School

Our kids are not OK. The U.S. surgeon general called the mental health epidemic our youth are facing an "urgent public health crisis." The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association have sounded the alarm declaring adolescent mental health a national emergency. As of 2021, according to [...]

Here’s One Proven Way to Heal the Damage of Childhood Trauma

You may think of trauma as being caused by some major, tragic life event, like experiencing or witnessing war, abuse, or crime. And, yes, those things are definitely traumatizing. Unfortunately, many common life experiences can also be traumatic. The truth is that trauma can result from anything that makes [...]

Biofeedback Therapy Can Unlock Your Body’s Natural Healing Power

You've probably heard about biofeedback, but you may not know what it is exactly or how it can help you. Biofeedback therapy helps individuals learn to control their bodies to improve their health. Therapeutic practices typically involve using monitoring devices to provide real-time feedback about bodily activities, such as [...]

3 Ways ADHD Makes Learning Difficult for Your Child and How to Help

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and/or impulsivity — which may sound a lot like almost all young children at any given time. While neurotypical kids can certainly struggle to sit still in school and focus on schoolwork, ADHD is a persistent pattern of [...]

Is Anxiety Really a Chemical Imbalance In the Brain?

Information from the Anxiety & Depression Association of America tells us that anxiety affects 40 million adults in the United States every year. Between 2007 and 2012, anxiety disorders in children and teens increased 20 percent globally and affected 31.9 percent of adolescents between 13 and 18 years in [...]

Here’s What You Need To Know About A Brain Chemical Imbalance

The human body is constantly making, altering, and destroying chemicals that it needs to survive and function. The variety of substances is so varied and complex that it’s impossible to begin to detect or count them all. You've heard them referred to as enzymes, hormones, and neurotransmitters. With so [...]

Hidden, Suppressed, & Repressed Memories Can Have A Powerful Influence

Did you know that your brain stores memories, which you may not even be aware of, that continuously impact your mental health, behavior, and life? Significant life events — both good and bad — get cemented in your memory. Glimpses of life's happy little moments can bring back feelings [...]

This Is a Proven Way to Significantly Lessen Migraines

Migraines are a complex neurological condition, and their exact causes are not fully understood by science yet. What we do know for sure is that while migraines are highly individualized with triggers and symptoms varying from person to person, they happen in the brain.Relief can be found in the brain.Factors [...]

What You Need to Know About How the Gut Brain Connection Affects Mental Health

Your gut bacteria directly impact your health in many ways, from helping build your immune system and influencing your weight and risk of certain diseases, like diabetes, obesity, and autoimmune, heart, and colon diseases, to affecting your brain, and in turn, your mental health and behavior. Gut health plays [...]

Here’s How to Minimize the Most Problematic Symptoms of Autism

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a broad neurodevelopmental condition characterized by restricted interests and social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and communication difficulties. Research hasn’t pinpointed the exact causes of autism. However, it is believed that the condition most likely results from a combination of genetics and [...]

8 Proven Ways Exercise Makes Your Brain Happier and Healthier

If it was a pill, exercise would be prescribed for almost every ailment known to mankind. It's that beneficial. It's common knowledge that physical movement has unparalleled power to improve a person’s physical health. We now also know that, because your body and mind are integrally connected, it's also [...]

Here’s Important Info You Need to Know to Support Your Brain in Healing From an Injury

Brain injuries are more common than you probably think. In fact, in 2021 the National Institute for Health called brain injuries a silent epidemic. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, at least 2.8 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) every year. And there are more [...]

6 Important Lifestyle Habits You Need To Be Doing To Improve, Protect, and Power-up Your Brain

Did you know that your brain is shaped by your life and habits? Because of neuroplasticity, the amazing ability of your brain to physically change in response to your experiences, the choices you make today are literally shaping the brain you'll have to live with tomorrow. Oh sure, you're [...]

Science says depression is not a chemical imbalance in your brain. So, what the heck is it?

Depression has grown to epidemic proportions. Between 2015 and 2020, the incidence of depression reached 9 percent among Americans 12 and older. The American Journal of Preventative Medicine reported in September of 2022 that it increased the fastest for teens and young adults. In this age group, depression increased [...]

Here’s What Anxiety Looks Like in Your Brain and How You Can Calm It

Your brain’s top priority is always keeping you safe and alive — not happy and calm. For this reason, your brain is wired to be fearful and reactive. To avoid harm and pain is its natural instinct. To accomplish this, your subconscious brain is always scanning your environment for [...]

Where Does Trauma Live in the Body?

Experiencing traumatic situations leads to feelings of hopelessness and shock. When stressed and anxious, this triggers the fight, flight, or freeze responses. However, those lingering sensations become trapped as trauma sensations when the body cannot complete these responses and the brain maintains its high level of alertness. Similarly, when [...]

10 Signs You’re Living with Brain Fog

Are you feeling unmotivated, unfocused, and easily distracted? You may struggle with a common but overlooked condition called "brain fog." Brain fog can cause feelings of scatteredness and confusion, leading to poor concentration and a lack of productivity. This is especially common for people with trauma and previous brain [...]

Why Sitting All Day is Harming Your Mental Health

How do you spend your daily life? Perhaps you work from or in the office while sitting all day typing away countless data sheets, or you may also be a student who studies diligently in front of your desk. In your leisure time, you most probably spend your day [...]

What is Emotional Intelligence & Do You Have It?

Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to recognize and understand one's own emotions and the emotions of others and to use this awareness to manage one's own behavior and relationships effectively. It is a key factor in personal and professional success and can be developed and improved upon throughout [...]

5 Ways Neurofeedback Can Boost Your Professional Career

Neurofeedback training helps individuals improve their brain function by providing them with real-time feedback on their brain activity. It has been shown to be effective in helping people with a variety of conditions, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, and even insomnia. However, neurofeedback can also be a powerful tool for [...]

Emotional Dysregulation & How Neurofeedback Can Help

Emotional dysregulation is a term used to describe an inability to effectively manage or cope with emotions. It can manifest in various ways, including outbursts of anger or crying, difficulty controlling impulses, and problems with relationships and social interactions. Furthermore, emotional dysregulation is often accompanied by other mental health [...]

5 Ways to Promote a Healthy Gut-Brain Relationship

Did you know that your gut has a profound impact on your mood? Our gut is called a ‘little’ brain or ‘second brain’ and has its own neural network known as the enteric nervous system, which comprises 500 million neurons. While your gut operates as its own nervous system, [...]

How Does the Brain Deal with Trauma?

Experiencing traumatic events often changes the trajectory of our lives. When we experience trauma, our brains are flooded with adrenaline and other neurotransmitters. As a result, an imprint of the event is chemically tattooed in the emotional center. As a result the emotional portion of the brain continues in [...]

What is the Difference Between Complex PTSD and PTSD?

Be it Complex PTSD or PTSD, trauma can affect your life significantly. When you experience a traumatic event, you are likely to experience symptoms like fear, sadness and guilt. These and other symptoms are signs of PTSD or Complex PTSD. The brain’s main concern when it comes to experiencing [...]

Can You Get Through Trauma Treatment without Medication?

Trauma experiences vary from person to person and the effects are unique according to the individual. The only thing which doesn’t vary is the fact that trauma leaves the person in a devastating state of mind, often acting as an intrusion into their well-being, peace and calm. One thing [...]

What is Neurofeedback & How Does it Work?

Facing tough times can have serious implications on our mental health. We go through change, disappointments, traumatic events, and loss, which affects our ability to build relationships, cope, deal with stress, focus better on ourselves and recover from hardships. Anyone is likely to suffer from mental health problems at [...]

Living with Someone with Bipolar Disorder

Living with bipolar disorder is a challenge. So is living with someone who has bipolar disorder. Bipolar Disorder (BD), formerly called Manic Depressive Disorder, is a mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings, including emotional highs (mania) and lows (depression). Thankfully, neurofeedback training from Grey Matters of Carmel [...]

Neurofeedback for Anxiety and Depression

Depression and anxiety disorders are the most common mental health illnesses in the United States. In fact, it’s estimated that nearly 40 million people in the United States are currently living with anxiety disorder. If it’s not treated on time, it can change and shrink the part of your [...]

Depression & Insomnia: Are They Related?

Depression and insomnia are closely linked. For example, people with insomnia have a higher risk of depression than those who sleep well at night. But it begs us to ask: How are depression and insomnia? Either one can be the initiator of a poor night’s sleep. On one hand, [...]

Creating a Positive Mindset

The mind is a powerful tool. When used correctly, it can propel you forward in life, give you peace, and manifest anything. However, you're not alone if you’re feeling unspirited and unmotivated. Many adults, and even children, feel stuck from time to time, making life a little more challenging [...]

Know the Warning Signs of Dementia

When medical experts talk about dementia, most people think it’s only one type of brain dysfunction. However, dementia is the umbrella term for memory loss or other cognitive issues that affect someone’s everyday life. These abnormal brain changes trigger a decline in thinking skills and the ability to remember [...]

Spring Cleaning Your Emotions

It’s that time of year again! The birds are chirping, the days are longer, and everyone is itching to spring clean the house. During this time, when the weather starts getting nicer, people find they want to declutter their drawers, basements, and garages – ditching everything that reminds them [...]

7 Strategies to Stop Overthinking & Decrease Anxiety

Do you constantly find yourself in the cycle of “What If” thinking? What if they never call me back? What if I say the wrong thing? What if I don’t finish this assignment on time? These are just a few examples of things that can lead us to overthink [...]

TBIs and Dementia: Is There a Link?

It’s long been speculated that traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can cause dementia disorders later in life. Dementia is a general term for the decline in mental abilities as we age, often resulting in severe interference with daily life. One of the most common types of dementia is Alzheimer’s Disease, [...]

The Link Between Depression and Irritable Bowel Disease

Many people know that irritable bowel disease and depression often go hand in hand. However, there is no research to suggest that IBD causes depression and vice versa. Still, that doesn’t stop some people with IBD from suffering from depression, and it doesn’t prevent depression sufferers from experiencing some [...]

Five Ways Depression is Affecting Your Relationships

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) affects nearly 3 million Americans every year. MDD often leaves individuals feeling worthless or battling lingering feelings of depression. Unfortunately, these common symptoms of MDD often trickle into relationships a person has with others, whether they be professionally, romantically, or even just platonically. Most people [...]

Does Neurofeedback Change Your Personality?

For many people who walk through the doors of Grey Matters, mood and mental disorders have been affecting them for years, shaping their everyday experiences, thoughts, and behaviors. In some cases, people think their mental illnesses even define them and their personalities. So, it’s really not that shocking when someone [...]

Building a Good Foundation for Mental Health

We all know that taking care of our physical health is important. For example, we go to the dentist regularly, try to drink water, eat healthy foods, and make sure we see our physicians at least once a year. All of these put together are the foundation for which [...]

Breaking Free from Your Mental Health Diagnosis

Mental health care often falls to the bottom of the priority list. We get so swept up in life and daily activities that we forget to take time to check in on ourselves. However, mental disorders often come with physical symptoms such as fatigue and appetite changes, making them [...]

October is National Depression Education and Awareness Month

According to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, nearly 14.8 million people in the United States are affected by Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). As a result, suicide is the third leading cause of death for people ages 15-24. While depression can vary in severity and onset, many sufferers find [...]

Is Our Overmedicated Society Contributing to More Migraines?

Migraines affect nearly 13% of the United States population, which equates to roughly 39 million people. When these individuals experience a migraine, the pain can be so intense that it causes dizziness, light sensitivity, and nausea. So, it’s no wonder that people are constantly looking for medication to help ease [...]

Teen Suicides Surge During COVID-19 Pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, no one knew what to expect. Health experts have scrambled to address the rising public health concerns, limited medical resources, and the economic cost of everyone staying home to control the spread of the virus. Still, a pandemic of a different kind has reared [...]

Is Your Child Experiencing the COVID Slide?

Children of all ages experience an academic hiccup at least once in their lives. However, today’s children are living through something entirely new: the COVID Slide. The risks and impact of the virus on children aren't yet widely known, but what is clear is that our children are suffering from [...]

Navigating the Effects of a Concussion

Trauma to the brain is a serious medical concern and should never be taken lightly. Unfortunately, traumatic brain injuries, especially concussions, are relatively common, with more than 1.5 million Americans suffering from one every 15 seconds. While the number of occurrences is high, it’s also likely not an accurate [...]

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