Dr. Baten offers a supportive and safe environment for treatment of the following problems:
Depression is one of the most common medical conditions in this country, affecting an estimated 17 million Americans every year. Depression is a whole body illness, one that involves the body, nervous system, moods, thoughts and behavior. It affects the way you eat, lose/gain weight, sleep, feel about yourself, and react to people and events around you.
People with depression often experience the desire or need to withdraw from their friends, family and overall environment. They can lose interest in things around them and become incapable of experiencing pleasure. Symptoms of depression commonly include fatigue, insomnia, headaches, changes in weight, digestive disorders, restlessness, irritability, quickness to anger, loss of interest in once pleasurable things, and feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy.
The cause of depression varies by person. Depression may be hereditary or triggered by tension, stress, a traumatic life event, a loss of a loved one, chemical imbalances in the brain, thyroid disorders, nutritional deficiencies, poor diet, lack of exercise, or even allergies.
Food greatly influences the brain's behavior. A poor diet, particularly one with an abundance of "junk" food, processed food, and hydrogenated fats, is a common cause of depression. The levels of brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, are controlled by what we eat and are closely linked to our regular diet.
What are some of the causes of Depression and Anxiety? Depression and Anxiety can result from certain environmental triggers, such as stress or a break from an important emotional attachment. On a physical level, depression and anxiety can also be the result of deficiencies in neurotransmitters. Research suggests that individuals suffering from depression anxiety or ADHD generally have a deficiency of one or more of the natural substances (neurotransmitters) that allow the brain cells to communicate with each other effectively. There are four main neurotransmitters that create our moods.
- Dopamine/Norepinephrine (the natural energizer and mental focuser)
- GABA (our natural sedative)
- Endorphin (our natural pain killer)
- Serotonin (our natural mood stabilizer and sleep promoter)
Deficiencies in serotonin may result in sleep problems, anxiety, irritation and other symptoms of depression. A deficiency in Norepinephrine is associated with fatigue and depressed mood. A deficiency in GABA is linked to anxiety and panic conditions.
What causes deficiencies in neurotransmitters?
Deficiencies affecting biochemical pathways can be inherited and can be further exacerbated by prolonged stress during which the body consumes the brain’s natural sedatives and stimulants. While the body has emergency stores of these brain chemicals, chronic stress can deplete them.
How does Dr. Baten help you bring neurotransmitters back into balance?
Dr. Baten works with her patients to identify and address the root causes of the imbalance. The combined approach of nutrition and cognitive behavioral therapy is critical.
Dr. Baten's approach is holistic. It involves looking at the factors that affect your mental health, including belief patterns, chronic stressors and diet. Where deficiencies in neurotransmitters are identified, she assists the body in returning to a state of balance through amino acid and nutraceutical therapies.
Why is diet important?
You can help support a healthy mood by consuming foods that promote the production of essential neurotransmitters. Dr. Baten's approach incorporates nutrition education along with rigorous and effective dietary practices.
In conjunction with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, Dr. Baten teaches individuals how to eat a healthy diet by incorporating more foods into their daily regimen without feeling deprived, which is paramount to a reduction in symptoms of depression. Additionally, the use of natural supplements can decrease depression and lift mood without the use of pharmacology.
How does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy help?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is clinically proven to effectively treat depression and anxiety. It helps individuals take control of their lives and emotions.
Dr. Baten helps individuals learn to identify dysfunctional beliefs that lead to negative consequences in mood and behavior and to stimulate emotional growth by replacing self-defeating thoughts, feelings, and actions with new and more effective ones. The result is a rewarding sense of responsibility for emotions, empowering people to change and overcome unhealthy behaviors that interfere with their ability to enjoy life.
Anxiety disorders are a far more common problem than was once thought. Acute anxiety disorder manifests itself in episodes commonly known as "panic attacks". PANIC attacks involve a "flight or fight" response, or a complex involuntary physiological response in which the body prepares itself to deal with an emergency situation.
Panic attacks are usually abrupt and intense.They can occur at any time of day or night, lasting from seconds up to a half hour. They are often unpredictable and triggered by stress. Food allergies and hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, are also common with people who experience anxiety.
In addition to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, Dr. Baten teaches her patients to identify the foods that can stimulate and trigger panic attacks. She educates inidividuals on how to eat a healthy diet and use nutrients and supplements to treat the symptoms of anxiety.
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), which includes Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), is a disorder affecting the central nervous system. ADD is the fastest growing childhood disorder in the U.S., reportedly affecting 9-10% of all school-aged children. Many adults today live with ADD and have never been diagnosed. People with this disorder often have low self-esteem, are inpatient, and do not adapt well to change.
Factors that have been linked to the development of ADD/ADHD include heredity, anxiety, food and other allergies, environmental stress or pollutants, artificial food additives and lead poisoning.
The good news is that with diagnosis and treatment, the symptoms of ADD/ADHD can be substantially decreased. Quality of life can be improved.
Dr. Baten offers Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques and ADD/ADHD coaching to help patients develop strategies and achieve success. The treatment goals are to reduce symptoms of attentional problems, hyperactivity, distractibility, and impulsivity, and to emphasize the role of a healthy diet, devoid of preservatives, processed sugars, and dyes and salicylates. Dr Baten helps patients and parents of children with ADD/ADHD to learn to identify "problem" foods and introduce new enjoyable foods and nutrients to decrease those symptoms.
Consultation and Treatment involving Parental Effectiveness Training
Parents are trained and guided to use practical methods for handling common everyday behavior problems, as well as a number of behavioral modification techniques for controlling conduct disorders.
Weight Management and Clinical Nutrition
The first step in weight management is understanding good nutrition and the connection between food and mood, cognition and energy. What we put into our bodies has a direct consequence on how we feel both physically and emotionally, and our nutritional metabolism and overall health are profoundly affected by our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
It is possible to rebalance body chemistry to end food cravings. It is also possible to feel better emotionally without the use of caffeine, alcohol, tobacco and anti-depressant/anti-anxiety medication.
Dr. Baten provides treatments that address dieting issues, sugar cravings, overeating, unneeded weight gain or other eating disorders.
Dr. Baten offers the tools and techniques that enable you to make a real and meaningful difference in working with excess weight, compulsive and fear-driven eating, body image challenges, digestive disorders, fatigue, mood issues, immune health, and other nutrition-linked health concerns. She will teach you techniques for healing and transforming body image, psychological tools for releasing unwanted food habits, and an understanding as to how psychology influences digestion, immunity, and food allergies.
Alternative & Natural Medicine
Holistic Recovery Systems to help with mood disorders and sleep disturbance
While anti-depressant medications can be very helpful in treating depression, anxiety and other mood disorders, there are other viable and helpful options which minimize side effects and/or withdrawal symptoms. At the center of this approach lies Amino Acid Therapy, Nutraceutical Therapy and Nutritional Counseling; treatments that provide real alternatives to conventional medications that treat Depression and Anxiety. Dr. Baten educates her patients about health and nutrition and how they relate to mood, energy levels, sleep, behavior and cognitive processing. She coaches individuals around dietary choices and nutrition and supplements, and offers nutritionally-based alternatives to medication, in addition to Cognitive Behavioral approaches to diet and lifestyle changes.
Rebalance body chemistry to end food cravings, weight problems, and mood swings
It is very possible to feel better emotionally and have greater energy and mental acuity without the use of caffeine, alcohol, tobacco or psychopharmacology. Dr. Baten's approach treats the whole person, by using an extensive health intake process and clinical interview, resulting in individualized Holistic Wellness Programs and optimal mental health. It is possible to treat depression, relieve anxiety and combat emotional eating with reliable and safe alternatives to conventional medication.
Custom Tailored Treatments for Other Common Concerns
If you or someone that you care about is struggling in the following areas, Dr. Baten provides treatment plans that will target the symptoms and treat the core problems.
*Interpersonal and Relationship Difficulties
*Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
*Energy and Fatigue Concerns
*Effective Parenting Counseling