LIGHTNING RELEASES 02/06/14 – Middlefield, CT – Many people hold long-term beliefs about themselves. For example, one of these beliefs might be that no matter what they do, they’re not enough. They’re stuck looking down at a bottomless pool, frantically trying to fill it up, but no matter what they do, it’s never full.
According to Dr. Alison Caldwell-Andrews, the solution is that you simply walk away from the pool. Rather than frantically continue to try to fill the pool, change your behaviors to instead do the things that create the kind of life you want.
Dr. Caldwell-Andrews is a licensed clinical psychologist and expert in mind-body health. As a former member of the research faculty focused on Mind-Body Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Caldwell-Andrews employs a data-driven, holistic approach to therapy.
“There are physiological reasons why you’re anxious and there are psychological reasons why you’re anxious,” explains Dr. Caldwell-Andrews. “Insight alone is not a catalyst for change. Feelings are like the caboose on the end of a train. The engine is your behavior. You have to change your behavior first and the feelings will follow along.”
So as a part of evaluating depression, Dr. Caldwell-Andrews will ask questions about a person’s diet, sleep and exercise. All these things are relevant to a person’s state of mind.
“If you’re drinking Diet Coke all day after four cups of coffee, and you’re not getting much sleep and your Vitamin D level is in the basement, how on earth could you feel good?” asks Dr. Caldwell- Andrews. “It’s not necessarily a psychological problem. It’s far more likely that it’s your physical health.”
According to Dr. Caldwell-Andrews, exercise is one of the most effective means of reducing anxiety and depression. Studies conducted in 1997 and 2007 show that exercise actually creates new brain cells as well as brain derived neurotropic factor (BDNF), which nourishes brain cells and brain connectivity.
“The world you create through your thinking prevents you from changing your behavior,” says Dr. Caldwell-Andrews. “I push people’s boundaries because I want them to have a different neurotransmitter experience in their brain. Often no therapist has ever done this for them before and I’m 100% committed to them getting the message.”
Close-Up Talk Radio will feature Dr. Alison Caldwell-Andrews in an interview with Jim Masters on February 8th, February 15th and February 22nd at 10am.
Listen to the show www.blogtalkradio.com/closeuptalkradio. If you have a question for our guest, call (347) 996-3389.
For more information on Dr. Alison Caldwell-Andrews, visit http://www.caldwellandrews.com.