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Generalized Anxiety Disorder

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by excessive, uncontrollable, and often irrational worry about everyday things that is disproportionate to the actual source of worry. Individuals often exhibit a variety of physical symptoms including: fatigue, fidgeting, headaches, nausea, numbness in hands and feet, muscle tension and aches, difficulty concentrating, irritability, agitation, sweating and restlessness.

GAD typically runs in families and is made worse by stress. It has been linked to disrupted functions connectivity of the amygdala and its processing of fear and anxiety. It is believed that individuals suffering from GAD have less distinct functional connectivity between the amygdala and its communication with the brainstem, hypothalamus, and cerebellum. This area in the midbrain is a primary focus in all Jacob's Ladder Neurodevelopmental Programming. Through brain mapping, neurofeedback, interhemispheric communication interventions, and highly structured cognitive behavioral goals - we see great success in students' ability to learn to recognize and manage their anxiety and maladaptive responses.

As in all of our Jacob's Ladder programming we know that frequency, intensity, and duration of intervention is key to the brain’s ability to develop new capacity - and for new emotional states to emerge. We also place of primary importance, educating and supporting the entire family through the new goal sets and strategies learned, in order for the students new way of being to generalize into all environments.

Students with Anxiety Disorder would be an ideal candidate for our HOPE School program which offers a unique educational model intended to serve students who have a complex set of social-emotional, neuro-biological, behavioral and academic challenges.