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Benefits of Neurotherapy with Anxiety Disorders (GAD/OCD)
Anxiety disorders can be triggered by social, psychological, and environmental stressors. Anxiety disorder is the brains abnormal response to stress or the inability to relax when it is stress-free. A QEEG (Brain Mapping) can aid in identifying the pattern and regions of the brain that are hyper-aroused, hyper-vigilant, and are not functioning at optimal efficacy. These regions of too fast activity or areas that have too few slow waves may contribute to the symptoms of anxiety disorders.
Comprehensive, individualized approaches using 19 channel Neurofeedback, assist in training the brain to have a more appropriate response to stress. One middle aged women stated, “So this is how normal people feel”. When the brain is over stressed, it requires additional sugar and nutrients to survive, one possible reason we crave sweets when anxious. The brain’s idle speed is too high requiring more and more fuel. The more stressed the brain, the more fuel it requires; now the brain begins to rob the body of nutrients. The longer the brain is stressed, the more the body suffers. You may get sick easier and you may heal slower. The National Institute of Mental Health states, “Over time, continued strain on your body from routine stress may lead to serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, anxiety disorder, and other illnesses”. They also suggest that, “People under chronic stress are prone to more frequent and severe viral infections, such as the flu or common cold, and vaccines, such as the flu shot, are less effective for them”
At Brain & Life Renewal Center, we use the latest technology to train the brain to achieve and maintain a state of efficiency and health. We guide the client in training their brain to modulate or turn off inappropriate chronic stress responses. Patients have reported a reduction in their craving for sweets and snacks, feeling less anxious and an increase in emotional flexibility. Patients report to fall asleep easier and sleep through the night. They report feeling happier, more energized, more focused and better organized. “I don’t feel so scatter brained”, and “I don’t stress over the small things anymore. I just go with the flow”.
Psychotherapeutic interventions are often integrated into the treatment plan for patients with mood disorders. Additionally In addition to areas of dysregulation in the brain, we have also observed that changes in physical health, hormone levels, toxicity, gastrointestinal health and food allergies can affect brain health and mental health conditions. The Brain & Life Renewal Center strongly suggests that our patients utilize competent medical provider to rule out the potential of physical health problems that may be contributing to their condition. We also recommend to never stop or decrease any medication unless advised to do so by a competent prescribing physician.
Resources on the Benefits of Neurotherapy with Anxiety Disorders
Burti, L., & Siciliani, O. (1983). Increase in alpha-rhythm in anxious subjects using biofeedback: A preliminary study. Psichiatria Generale e dell Eta Evolutiva, 21(2–4), 79–97.
Chisholm, R. C., DeGood, D. E., & Hartz, M. A. (1977). Effects of alpha feedback training on occipital EEG, heart rate, and experiential reactivity to a laboratory stressor. Psychophysiology, 14(2), 157–163.
Fisher, S. (2007). Fpo2 and the regulation of fear. NeuroConnections Newsletter, January 2007, 13, 15–17. San Rafael, California; ISNR
Garrett, B. L., & Silver, M. P. (1976). The use of EMG and alpha biofeedback to relieve test anxiety in college students. Chapter in I. Wickramasekera (Ed.), Biofeedback, Behavior Therapy, and Hypnosis. Chicago: Nelson–Hall.
Hammond, D. C. (2005). Neurofeedback with anxiety and affective disorders. Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 14(1), 105–123.