Improving Brain Function For Life

Learning and Emotional Difficulties

Learning and emotional difficulties are caused by non-functioning grey or white brain matter. Your brain consists of two types of matter, grey and white. The grey matter is where information is processed and stored. The white matter is how information is transported to different parts of the brain. Difficulties are caused by varying levels of non-functioning grey or white brain matter.

The cause of non-functioning grey and white matter is physical or emotional stress. It is important to understand what we mean by the word “stress.” Anything that disturbs the inherent desire your body has for internal balance is a stressor. Physical and emotional stressors profoundly affect the brain. We all have a natural fight or flight instinct. If we cannot fight or flee from the pain of a trauma, our brain will naturally shut down as a way of escape. The manner in which the brain responds to stress is relative to the individual and effects different people to varying degrees.

The human brain performs extremely complicated electromagnetic functions and like any other organ, shows symptoms of stress. When this happens, the logic center or creative center simply shuts down. The synchronization of brain function is lost and the brain cannot process correctly. We lose access to bi-hemispheric function and suffer confusion and inefficiency in mental and emotional processing. This not how the brain was created to function and LearnNow can help.

Common Stressors

The birth process

Falling and hitting head


Sports accident

Car accident


Vaccine stress

Loss of a job

A Great disappointment


Loss of a loved one or pet

Major life change

The birth of a sibling




Physical, mental or sexual abuse

Any traumatic event

Any event that the brain “views” as traumatic

Issues That May Result From Stress

The loss of brain function due to stress results in many types of issues.  Below are examples of possible issues.  It is far from a comprehensive list, and serves to provide a sample of the types of things we work with. At Learn Now, we do not think of  issues as strictly emotional, mental, etc., because in our work, these concepts blend together and are really one and the same.  The groupings are purely for your convenience in finding things that you may be able to identify with.


  • Zones out/daydreams
  • Low self-esteem
  • Difficulty putting thoughts into words
  • Difficulty following multi-step directions
  • Language or speech delays
  • Inability to complete tasks
  • Bed wetting after the age of 5
  • Poor organizational skills
  • Poor balance or poor at rhythmic activities
  • Difficulty accomplishing professional goals that don’t seem to move forward
  • Slow to complete work
  • Lack of clarity of thought
  • Difficulty paying attention or concentrating
  • Easily distracted
  • Difficulty budgeting time
  • Memory issues
  • Poor spelling
  • Reading difficulties/fatigue/anxiety
  • Sensitivity to loud noise or certain textures
  • Fidgets
  • Struggling to develop personal talents
  • Letter/number reversal
  • Trouble remembering left/right
  • Difficulty understanding hard concepts in Math
  • Impulsive behavior


  • Inappropriate social interactions and outbursts
  • Excessive concerns over specific situations
  • Intense reoccurring thoughts
  • “Baggage” with “Mom”
  • ​Health fears
  • Being overwhelmed with responsibilities
  • ​Being comfortable with flying
  • Being OK to go out in public
  • ​Experiencing negative responses after experiencing trauma
  • Going through a major life change
  • Changing repetitive actions
  • Performance stress (recital, speech)
  • Conflicting feelings over another pregnancy
  • Dealing with past abuse
  • Negative self-talk
  • Desire to reduce addictive behaviors
  • ​Ending negative family patterns
  • Everything at work is going wrong…
  • ​Extended sadness
  • Extreme nervousness
  • Fear of going back to college
  • Fear of public speaking
  • Fear of surgery
  • Feeling betrayed
  • Feeling like hurting self
  • Feeling like in a black cloud all the time
  • Feeling safe
  • Intense unexpected panic
  • Difficulty in decision making
  • Letting go of anger
  • Loss of family member
  • Weight loss sabotaging
  • Mood swings


  • Breaking patterns of response to co-workers
  • Changing way I listen and respond to adult children
  • Dealing with toxic relationships
  • Interacting with people with confidence
  • Emotionally reactive response to spouse or children
  • Rigid thinking, lack of flexibility
  • Need to develop strength in leadership
  • ​Discomfort when interacting with a crowd
  • Difficulty in setting up healthy relational boundaries
  • Emotional over-sensitivity or reactivity

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