Year: 2020

January 31, 2020
teen stress therapy, teen anxiety, teen depression, Doctor Steve Rondeau, Wholeness Cente

Increasingly, there are reports about the stress and anxiety students are experiencing in their early years. This is such an enormous topic of concern that Jenny Brundin, the education reporter for Colorado Public Radio, is running an in-depth look at the specific issues of adolescents in her series, Teens Under Stress.

Why are they suffering and how can we begin to address the needs of the young people in our lives given today’s overwhelming environment? Are you concerned with the ways western medicine treats the symptoms of neurological issues in children? Do you need help accessing the root of your own child’s behavior?

When the diagnoses of ADHD, anxiety, and depression are at an all-time high, parents are looking for a collaborative treatment for their children. They are looking for a knowledgeable practitioner who will offer guidance into and expertise about the perplexing world of the adolescent brain.

At the Wholeness Center, Dr. Steve Rondeau specializes in developmental delays, seizure disorders and neurological disorders in children. He has extensive experience analyzing analyzing QEEG brain maps as a way of informing treatment for the individual child. Here, Dr. Steve answers questions about navigating the world with adolescents.

Adolescents are expressing an elevated feeling of pressure and anxiety. What tools do you use to assess their needs?
Dr. Steve: This is a primary interest of mine. I often lean on the QEEG or brain map for answers to these questions. Kids with creative brain patterns (as seen in the EEG) need creative and stimulating outlets. If we don’t find an outlet to match our brain patterns, teens will often find one and it may not be a healthy choice. So when I see these brain patterns I make it mandatory that parents find the creativity in their child if they haven’t already. That could be a change in the academic setting. It could be a change in sport, or something as simple as music lessons.

Additionally, there are unique patterns in brain scans that create what we refer to as overwhelm, and pushing these children to higher-level academics vs. their age/grade level will only create frustration, failure, and eventually burnout. These kids are often labeled as anxious but many are actually overwhelmed, and this is different!

By analyzing thousands of brains I can predict an individual’s likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses, etc. and use this information during evaluations. In fact, this very same information can be useful with parenting strategies as well. It is immensely helpful to know what techniques work better with one child vs. another rather than reading a bunch of books and guessing which may be best.

What are some natural therapies you suggest for students struggling with ADHD, learning disorders, anxiety, depression or addictions?
Dr. Steve: We often use the QEEG to assess strengths and weaknesses and then use tools such as supportive brain supplements (based on their unique brain patterns) or neurofeedback therapy to allow kids to modulate these patterns more easily. It can be used to help with symptoms, but it can also be used to help enhance a skill such as sports performance, for example. By looking at these EEG patterns one can start to understand how their brain or their child’s brain functions and likely avoid burnout in both sports and academics.

You have extensive training with children, what makes you relatable to them?
Dr. Steve: Growing up as the oldest of 4 kids, I was often taking care of my younger siblings. The youngest was some 15 years younger than me. Throughout medical school, I taught guitar lessons specifically tailored to young musicians and now as a parent of young boys I relate to kids all day long!

If you live in the Northern Colorado/ Ft. Collins area and would like to learn more about the innovative programs the Wholeness Center has to offer for adolescents experiencing ADHD, anxiety, depression or other neurological disorders, please call 970-221-1106 or CLICK HERE to schedule a consultation with Dr. Steve Rondeau.