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Neurofeedback for Anxiety

Everyone experiences some anxiety. It has motivational functions (e.g. upcoming deadlines move us into action),  and protective functions (e.g. running away from a lion because you are afraid it will attack you). When anxiety or fear or worry begins to negatively impact one’s life when it becomes uncontrollable though anxiety disorder results. Anxiety can be caused by a number of different things including environmental exposure, situational circumstances, brainwave dysregulation, poor dietary habits, exposure to trauma, etc.

Anxiety can impact our emotions and our cognitive abilities including our focus, attention and problem solving abilities. Ongoing anxiety can also impact structure of the prefrontal cortex. It can also lead to other behaviors such as addiction, drug use, OCD, over eating, etc.

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How Neurofeedback Can Help

Neurofeedback is a clinically proven, natural approach to anxiety that is backed by over 50 years of extensive research. Unlike many other alleviation methods, it addresses the underlying brainwave dysregulation that may contributing to the anxiety.

Neurofeedback can train the brain to change the way it responds to changes in our physical and mental homeostasis. Electroencephalography (EEG) analysis has shown us that many suffering with anxiety show similar dysregulated brainwave patterns. Often times, those suffering from anxiety disorders will have over stimulation in different parts of the brain.  Many scientific studies show that neurofeedback can be effective in reducing anxiety.

Medication vs Anxiety

How Does Medication Work?

The standard protocol for anxiety has traditionally been medication and talk therapy. The role of the medication stimulates the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is associated with pleasure, attention and movement. Medication is meant to treat the symptoms but are not targeted at correcting the cause.

Can Medication Fix the Problem?

Medication does not cure anxiety – it merely treats the symptoms for as long as you are taking it. Some people experience great success with medication, others do not. A long-term solution requires a different kind of intervention.

How Can Neurofeedback Help Anxiety?

The goal of all neurofeedback is to transform an unhealthy, abnormal brainwave pattern into a normal, healthy, organized pattern. By doing this, the brain becomes more stable and is able to operate optimally and efficiently

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