Improving Brain Function For Life

Root Cause of Learning and Emotional Difficulties

Learning and emotional difficulties are caused by varying levels of non-functioning grey or white brain matter.  The cause of non-functioning brain matter is stress. The human brain performs extremely complicated electro-chemical functions and like any other organ, shows symptoms of stress. The stress that effects brain function begins very early, as early as the time that a baby is growing in the mother’s womb.

Stress Defined

It is important to understand what we mean by the word “stress.” Stress comes in many forms and disturbs the inherent desire your body has for internal balance. These stressors may be physical, mental, emotional, or in the form of toxins from our environment, from vaccines or from our dietary choices. The combination of all of these stressors profoundly affect the brain and it’s ability to function well. The manner in which the brain responds to stress is relative to every individual and effects different people to varying degrees. Regardless of the level of stress or it’s effects, LearnNow can help.

Common Stressors

The birth process

Falling and hitting head

Changing schools


Sports accident

Car accident

Experiencing Rejection

Vaccine stress

Loss of a job

A great disappointment

Loss of a loved one


Loss of a pet

Major life change

The birth of a sibling


Changing your place of residence


Being mistreated by friends


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
  • Poor handwriting


  • 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
  • Poor social skills
  • 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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