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Benefits of Neurofeedback with Anxiety Disorders (GAD/OCD)

 

Anxiety disorders can be triggered by social, psychological, and environmental stressors. Anxiety disorder is the brain's 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 not functioning at optimal efficacy. These regions of the too fast activity or areas with 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 woman stated, “So this is how normal people feel.” When the brain is overstressed, 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 is, 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. Clients have reported a reduced craving for sweets and snacks, feeling less anxious, and increased emotional flexibility. Clients report falling asleep easier and sleeping through the night. They report feeling happier, more energized, more focused, and better organized. “I don’t feel so scatterbrained,” and “I don’t stress over the small things anymore. I just go with the flow”.

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 clients utilize competent medical providers to rule out the potential physical health problems that may be contributing to their condition. We also recommend never stopping or decreasing any medication unless advised to do so by a competent prescribing physician.

Resources on the Benefits of Neurofeedback 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.