Body Brain Resilience

Body Brain Resilience: Clinical Issues for Anxiety and Mood

Clinical Psychologists have treated the brain and its operations as seperate from the bodily functions, although all of us acknowledge the role of hormones, neurotransmitters and other physical entities. As the Star-D studies have shown, medication often is not the most effective answer for clients, and often the effects of medication are overwhelmed by other body and brain factors.

During Dr Sugarman’s time as Principal Psychologist for a large area of Sydney, his directorship of the clinical therapies program at George Street Health Centre in Liverpool and the rehabilitation psychology programs at Royal Rehabilitation Centre in North Sydney, as well as his leadership of rehabilitation programs at Royal Adelaide Hospital and for the Life Group internationally, he began to see the value of optimising body resilience in driving rehabilitation to favorable outcomes.

Over the years, through his multidisciplinary work with Athletes Performance in the USA, Dr Sugarman has formulated a multidimensional and integrated approach to treating brain conditions, such as traumatic brain injury, anxiety and mood disorders. Seven Factors have emerged, which Dr Sugarman now applies in his clinical work, as well as his peak performance training:

  1. Objective assessment of brain processing speed, efficiency, and non-conscious biases
  2. Complex movement improving fitness, flexibility, mobility, stability, sleep, relaxation, cognition etc;
  3. Nutritional hygiene, involving modification of food choice and preparation, without dieting or usurping role of the nutritionist;
  4. Improvement in interpersonal communication skills and effective social engagement;
  5. Clarity on motivational emotive drivers based on non-conscious emotional bias assessment;
  6. Self-defense techniques guarding brain from everyday toxins, alcohol, and other threats to brain and body health;
  7. The Science of Positivity, heart rate variability and self-guided solutions that target the nervous system directly.

Using these techniques internationally on individual patients, athletes, soldiers, executives and others, Dr Sugarman has rapidly advanced progress in both medicated and unmedicated clients, working closely with other health professionals to enhance client self-efficacy and sense of mastery and control over their illness.  Compliance with medication and adoption of healthy behavior goals are also met in increasingly valuable ways.  Dr Sugarman has recently published his acquired knowledge in the critically acclaimed book: "Saving your life one day at a time: Seven ways to survive the modern world" published in 2013.  Dr Sugarman's approach to mindset, nutrition and movement as the seeds of resilience is embodied in his contributions to the LifeAlly platform in use with Aviva and other multinationals.