Dr. Mitch and Angelika Sadar have helped professional athletes, high powered professionals, and students optimize performance.
Optimize Your Performance
Anger, frustration, anxiety…These emotions have cost many players an important match. More importantly, they can cost the enjoyment of the game. We can help players learn the skills that can make the difference between having fun and winning matches and going home frustrated with the game.
Using observation, parent input, and state of the art tests, we evaluate how students perform both academically and emotionally. We will develop a personalized plan to help the student as well as help parents to work with their school to obtain the best academic plan for their child.
Performance psychology often focuses on learning techniques such as relaxation and using imagery. Utilizing biofeedback introduces additional and powerful set of tools that goes way beyond traditional peak performance training or sports psychology.
Reasons to Choose Sadar Psychological to Maximize Your Performance:
- We have helped professional athletes, nationally ranked juniors, and college and high school athletes, executives and professionals, and students of all levels who want to make their brain work more efficiently and improve their performance.
- Elite athletes including professional tennis players, olympians, and NHL players have chosen to work with us.
- Angelika Sadar is widely recognized in the tennis community for her expertise and regularly asked to speak at regional and national tennis conferences.
" “My son went to take his driver’s license test last Friday. He was really nervous and had a long wait before his turn. I suggested he use some of the breathing lessons you had taught him. He said “you know, they really help” and also mentioned the lesson about staying focused in the present, not getting too far ahead of yourself. Seem to help him a lot and he did very well on his test. Thought you’d be interested to know how students are applying your lessons beyond the tennis court. Thanks for your interest in our kids.”"
- Father of Nationally Ranked Junior Tennis Player
How many of us can admit to immediately waking up in the morning and reaching for our phones? The answer is probably the majority of us. So is this considered an addiction?
WHAT IS AN ADDICTION?
The fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity.
We, as humans, rely heavily on technology to go about our daily routines. There is no official mental disorder classified as “technology addiction” but this term can encompass addictive behavior related to social media, excessive texting, information overload, online shopping, gambling, video gaming, and overall smartphone usage.
IF ADDICTED TO TECHNOLOGY, WHAT DO YOU EXPERIENCE?
People with what they identify as a “technology addiction” experience symptoms such as:
- Social isolation
- Social anxiety
- Low self-esteem
THE SYMPTOMS LISTED ABOVE CAN BE TREATED USING BIOFEEDBACK HERE AT OUR VERY OWN FACILITY! Sadar Psychological and Sports Center utilizes equipment that “trains” the brain; and this training will allow for better functioning-as the brain is learning and is able to communicate more efficiently. To learn more about the services we provide and how they can help you, visit our services page: http://www.sadarpsych.com/services/
INTERNET GAMING DISORDER-WHAT IS IT?
This is the term for an addiction to video games. There are both functional and structural changes in the neural reward system, so essentially these changes are the same as one would see in a person with an addiction.
Video gaming is a relatively new field of study, so research on addiction to gaming is still in its infancy.
WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF VIDEO GAMING?
- Positive aspects: attention, visual, and motor skills are improved.
- Negative aspects: risk of addiction, which can cause any of the symptoms listed above.
Because this is such a new field of study, it is not known yet what aspects of games affect brain regions and how.
SIGNS YOU MAY WANT TO CONSULT A PROFESSIONAL:
- You use technology as a way of escaping problems or relieving negative feelings (such as helplessness, guilt, depression or anxiety).
- You constantly check your smartphone, even if it does not ring.
- You get paranoid when your phone (or any other device) is not with you.
- You ignore what is happening around you, in real time, in favor of what is happening virtually.
* (2017, Spring). Addicted to Technology? Binghamton University Magazine.
* Palaus, M., Marron, E. M., Viejo-Sobera, R., Redolar-Ripoll, D. (2017). Neural Basis of Video Gaming: A Systematic Review. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Retrieved from http://neurosciencenews.com/video-games-brain-6963/>.
* “We live in a society inebriated by technology.” Brutally Honest. Image version: 6a00d8345169e201a3fd1c1af4970b. Image found on http://www.brutallyhonest.org/.a/6a00d834516bb169e201a3fd1c1af4970b-250wi.
Defining Illness and Disease
There is a distinction that is being made in some medical circles (e.g., the treatment of pain) that, in my opinion, should be more widely known and circulated. The distinction hearkens back to a differentiation made by Eric Cassell in the late 1970’s: “Disease, then, is something an organ has, illness is something a man has.” According to this way of thinking, disease is something that needs to be cured, such as infection, injury, toxic exposure, cell degeneration, etc. Illness is something that needs to be managed such as feelings of pain, discomfort, distress, weakness, fatigue, etc. Obviously, these two things are not mutually exclusive, and they often occur together. Fully understanding the difference between illness and disease, as well as how they can be treated, will help you understand how alternative treatments such as EEG biofeedback fit into a holistic treatment plan for disease and illness. (more…)
ADHD Medication Side Effects
I am writing this as a follow-up to a prior entry which compared medications commonly used to treat ADHD. I again begin with the declaration that I am not a physician, but our work with children and adults has brought me into regular contact with ADHD medications and their effects.
As the previous blog explained, there are chemical differences between the common ADHD medications. While chemically different, the medications do share a common set of potential negative side effects. In our experience (more…)
You don’t have to have kids to know of the latest must-have toy that has been selling out worldwide-the fidget spinner. This toy has driven parents crazy, as they are asked (or pestered if we are being honest here) to trek all over toy stores and convenience stores to find this popular item. So is that spinner in your child’s hand the latest fad or a device that can improve his/her attention?
WHAT IS A FIDGET SPINNER?
This toy is made up of three arms joined in the middle by a spinning disk. The idea is that this toy can keep a person’s hands busy which then, in turn, helps their mind remain focused on the topic or task at hand.
THE BENEFITS OF THE FIDGET SPINNER
- Those diagnosed with ADHD have seen results in improved concentration and cognitive performance-when “fidgeting.”
- Children performed better on assigned tasks when able to fidget, than those that could not.
- Children, with ADHD, could better think through and solve problems, when fidgeting
- They are unobtrusive and don’t make noise
There are many alternative treatments for people with ADHD that do not require medication. Sadar Psychological and Sports Center offers a more natural path that is proven to be effective for over 85% of people with ADHD. Neurofeedback (one of the services we provide) can improve the ability to focus, regulated behavior, and decrease impulsivity when trained on a consistent schedule. For more information, visit our site at http://www.sadarpsych.com/adhd/.
CAN FIDGETS BE A DISTRACTION?
While there are benefits to owning a fidget spinner, especially for children diagnosed with ADHD or other attention deficits, there is a downside. Fidgets have become a distraction in the classroom-as anyone can purchase this new fad. Fidgets have been thrown in classrooms or used as collectibles for trading at inappropriate times. This has caused a disturbance in the classroom, and some school districts have even gone as far as altogether banning these toys.
WHAT IS THE BEST USE OF FIDGETS IN THE CLASSROOM?
- Kept in a basket or some container to hand out to children who have attention problems.
- Students can use them when taking a test or working on various assignments where focus is needed.
- Works well in mainstream classrooms-as they are discreet and don’t make any noise. Students who don’t want to draw attention to themselves would prefer these types of toys.
SHOULD YOU GIVE YOUR CHILD A FIDGET?
Not every fidget is appropriate for school and not every child will benefit from this popular item. Parents should have their children test out a few different items (maybe while they’re doing homework) and see what fidget best fits the child’s needs.
CONSIDERATIONS TO KEEP IN MIND
- How big is the fidget?
- Does it have any sharp edges or other dangerous attachments?
- Is it quiet?
- What is the school’s policy on fidget spinners?
* National Resource Center on ADHD. (2017, June 15). Are Fidget Toys Just a Popular Fad? ADHD Weekly. Retrieved from http://www.chadd.org/Understanding-ADHD/About-ADHD/ADHD-Weekly/Article.aspx?id=338
How We Understand Pain
Previous theories about pain are being challenged by new technology and research. The previous idea about pain involved terms like: “pain receptors”, “pain nerves” or “pain pathways”. The idea was that there were nerves all throughout our bodies and, when one of these was stressed or triggered, a message of pain was sent to the brain. This idea always had some problems because it could not explain certain occurrences. For example, we know that the amount of pain we experience does not necessarily relate to the amount of tissue damage. Then there is the phenomenon of phantom limb pain, where a body part gets severed from the body, but the person still experiences pain in the absent body part. And, of course, people with chronic pain grow tired of hearing that all the tests indicate there is nothing physically wrong, but yet they continue to experience pain. There are numerous other examples, but I think you get the idea. (more…)