MEEHL Foundation


DBT for Anxiety, Panic, and Sleep Disorders or Social Phobias

We offer DBT for anxiety, panic, and sleep disorders, as well as social phobias, addictions, and more. We specialize in a myriad of anxiety and personality disorders involving stress and phobias.

Anxiety becomes a disorder when the symptoms become chronic and interfere with our daily lives and our ability to function. The Basal Ganglia System(BGS) is what set the the brains anxiety levels it is the brains idle.  It mediates pleasure and medicates relaxation.  People with an  increased (BGS) are hypervigilant, have increased tension, insomnia, and irritability.    People suffering from chronic anxiety often report physical weakness, poor memory and memory loss, fear and confusion, an inability to relax, upset stomach, constant worry, and poor concentration.  Conditions affecting the BGS system are OCD, Touretts’s/Tics, PTSD and Panic Disorder.

Medication and therapy can restore your life.  GABA, neurontin, and Buspar are just several of the medications available for treatment.  Low dose benzodiazepines are available only for a short duration (6 weeks or less) as they are extremely addicting.  Along with DBT Therapy, and  REBT therapy, the Meehl Foundations’ clinical team does  Hypnosis, Biofeedback and teaches mindfulness and meditation.

Anxiety Disorders fall into a set of separate diagnoses, depending upon the symptoms and severity of the anxiety the person experiences.



Note right basal ganglia activity

Increased basal ganglia activity is often a finding we have seen with anxiety disorders. When there is increased activity on the right side there is often anxiety, social withdrawal and conflict avoidance. The Basal Ganglia System set the brains’ idle. It is the area of the brain that medicates pleasure, motivation, relaxation and smooth muscle. (This is why many people with anxiety can have more bowel movements.)



When there is increased activity on the left side it is often associated with anxiety and irritability (expressed anxiety).  Increased activity in the temporal lobes has also been associated with anxiety. When there is also increased cingulate activity a person may have trouble with repetitive negative thoughts, about his or her anxiety.



Increase Right and Left side can be seen here. This scan was of a 48 year old man that had a panic disorder. Brain scans eliminate the thought that “you can just get over it” Medication are helpful but are NOT the only answer. Benzodiazepines in low dose for a short time can be helpful if followed by a program of biofeedback and hypnosis along with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Benzodiazepines for extended periods lead to addiction. It is not uncommon for clients with mood and personality disorders to become addicted to prescription. Benzodiazepines. DBT therapy for anxiety has been proven to be remarkably successful. One study showed these

RESULTS: Seventy percent of the patients completed the 4-month trial. Combined treatment showed an overall improvement in most symptoms studied in both groups. Olanzapine was associated with a statistically significant improvement over placebo in depression, anxiety, and impulsivity/aggressive behavior. The mean dose of olanzapine was 8.83 mg/day. Many of our clients have anxiety along with a Personality Disorder.
Other conditions that affect the BGS are: OCD, Tourette’s/Tics, PTSD, and Panic Disorder. Personality Disorders are mal-adaptive coping mechanisms. Fixing the underlying problem goes a long way in fixing Personality Disorder.
BGS Treatments can include the list of the following: GABA (found at most local Nutrition stores) new research has found that GABA and Neurontin can be use together. Valerian Root, biofeedback, relaxing music and no caffeine after noon, all are helpful in reducing stress and anxiety.
Every word that we speak and every thought we think produces energy that creates a measurable physical response in the body and in the brain. All the concepts and beliefs that we have associated with a word or expression are reinforced each time it is expressed. This effect is cumulative not only in our subconscious, but in the chemistry of our bodies. The bottom line is that the BGS regulates our fear. Fear of the unknown paralysis people. You will never live a fulfilled life, a life on purpose if you are in constant fear. Treating your BGS is the first step in creating a life worth living.


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Debra Meehl

Debra Meehl, DD Pastoral Counselor, DBT Trained Skills Trainer, Board Certified Hypnotist & President, Meehl Foundation Intenselevly Tained DBT Team

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Texas TAAP Convention-San Antonio, TX
August 15, 2014 (11:00am-12:30am)
West Coast Symposium- Cape Cod
Bipolar Borderline & Substance Abuse
Sept, 13, 2014 (10:45am-12:15am)
NAADAC- Seattle, WA
Radical Acceptance-Getting to the root of the problem
September 28,2014 (1:30pm-3:00pm)
NASW-Texas State Conference
Bipolar Borderline & Substance Abuse
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NASW-Atlanta, GA State Conference
Using DBT Therapy for Mood Disorders and SA October 23, 2014 (9:00am-12:15)
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