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Neurofeedback For Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in the US, yet only about a third of those living with anxiety receive treatment. That’s just out of those who report suffering from anxiety. Acknowledging anxiety and seeking help can be daunting, but learning how to heal and find peace is incredibly empowering. 

There are many paths towards healing, and the important thing is not just to cover up the symptoms of anxiety but to get to the root cause of them. Symptoms of anxiety may include feelings of restlessness, nervousness, exhaustion, but there may also be physical symptoms, including sweating, rapid breathing, and trembling. Retraining the brain with neurofeedback is a non-invasive treatment route that harnesses the power of brainwave activity to help a person increase their mind’s control, flexibility, and resiliency.  

Before delving into treatment with neurofeedback, it’s essential to figure out what is occurring in the brain when anxious feelings arise. To do this, a mental health professional can administer a brain map. A brain map (or qEEG) is essentially a multipoint inspection of your brain that can help illuminate why you feel anxious and how you can improve your ability to relax and self-soothe. Anxiety can be caused by a variety of issues, so it is important to intimately understand why you are having these symptoms, and more importantly, what approaches will work best to correct them. Once that pattern of anxiety is identified, the next step is for you to learn how to change this pattern with neurofeedback. 

Neurofeedback is a non-invasive and holistic treatment for anxiety. It is also pain-free and often has very few side effects. Unlike anxiety medications, neurofeedback can lessen anxiety symptoms long-term. The purpose of neurofeedback is to provide you with important information about the state of your brain and then help you learn how to change it in order to experience improved performance and a decrease in unwanted symptoms. This varies from taking an anxiety medication because if you stop taking medication, anxiety symptoms could return. By retraining how your brain handles anxiety, mental and physical symptoms could all lessen more permanently.

Neurofeedback sessions can be done from the comfort of your own home, and the time it takes to retrain your brain will vary. Often, people will see changes within five to ten sessions. If you are interested in learning more, please reach out about a complimentary phone consultation!