Anxiety Specialist

Hasan Asif, M.D. -  - Board-Certified Adult Psychiatry and Neurology

Brain Wellness Center

Hasan Asif, M.D.

Board-Certified Adult Psychiatry and Neurology located in Bronxville, NY & Midtown East, New York, NY

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems faced by adolescents and adults in America. As a mental health wellness physician specializing in cutting-edge neurotechnology, Hasan Asif, MD, at Brain Wellness Center treats your anxiety by improving functioning in the areas of your brain affected by anxiety and helping you learn new ways to respond to daily stress. To schedule an appointment, call one of the two New York City offices in Bronxville and Midtown East, or use the online booking feature.

Anxiety Q & A

When should I seek help for anxiety?

Anxiety is a part of daily life, where it serves as part of the fight-or-flight response that energizes you to deal with challenging situations or circumstances you may fear. Normally, anxiety disappears after you face the dreaded or threatening situation.

When you continue to worry about existing or anticipated events and anxiety becomes chronic, your emotional and physical well-being suffer. When you frequently feel anxious, or anxiety prevents you from engaging in daily life, it’s time to consult Dr. Asif. He offers innovative, neuroscience-based diagnostic and treatment strategies that you can’t find elsewhere.

What diagnostic tests identify brain changes caused by anxiety?

Ongoing anxiety leads to chronically high levels of biochemicals that can damage neurons and change the neural circuitry in your brain. As a result, your brain doesn’t function to its optimal capacity. For example, some neuron activity slows down, while you can become hypersensitive to stress.

Dr. Asif uses advanced technology to precisely identify the areas of your brain that are malfunctioning, such as:

Quantitative electroencephalogram (QEEG)

QEEG is an important tool that records your brain waves, then maps brain activity. With this information, Dr. Asif can target your treatment to boost brain function in areas affected by anxiety. He also repeats QEEG at various times to evaluate the impact of your treatment.

Genetic assay

This type of genetic test determines how your body metabolizes medication, guiding medication choices and dosages, if needed as part of your holistic treatment.

Biostress test

During a biostress test, Dr. Asif tracks your brain patterns with QEEG, along with your heart rate and breathing, while you watch a series of images that evoke stress. You can see your brain patterns change due to anxiety, as well as the difference in brain and body response when you relax. Your stress response provides information that guides your treatment.

Clinical interview

During your first visit, you talk with Dr. Asif about your anxiety, helping him learn more about your past experiences, trauma, and psychological state.

How is anxiety treated?

At Brain Wellness Center, your anxiety treatment is uniquely designed to produce long-lasting results using a combination of cutting-edge therapies, such as:

Neurofeedback

The revolutionary Brain Master AVATAR™ combines QEEG with neurofeedback software, monitoring 6000 regions in your brain and allowing Dr. Asif to focus on the precise areas that are malfunctioning.

As brain activity from a specific region appears in real-time on a monitor, you can learn to change your brain waves. Repeating neurofeedback over time reorganizes your brain’s response and re-establishes nerve connections that were damaged due to chronic anxiety.

Photobiomodulation

This innovative treatment uses the Vielight® system to safely and painlessly treat the nerves in your brain with infrared light. The wavelength of the light naturally passes through your scalp, where it’s absorbed by nerve cells, triggering energy production and enhancing nerve function.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

As an advanced method of neuromodulation, TMS is another tool used to increase nerve activity in areas of your brain that are underactive due to the effect of anxiety.

Neuropsychotherapy

Dr. Asif offers several types of psychotherapy, including one of the most successful for anxiety: mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy. However, his therapy produces optimal results by measuring your brain activity throughout your session, allowing him to see real-time changes in your brain and make therapy adjustments if needed.

Psychopharmacology

When it is needed to relieve intense anxiety or panic attacks, Dr. Asif may prescribe medication. With information from your genetic assay, you can count on receiving the best medication and the optimal dose without trial and error. 

When your life is overcome by ongoing anxiety, call Brain Wellness Center or schedule an appointment online. They don’t accept insurance; however, they provide an itemized bill with CPT codes that you can submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement.