Anxiety is a broad term that refers to a wide varieity of disorders. It is a pervasive disorder that is based to some extent on fear, worry or hyper vigilance. Individuals may experience different forms of anxiety such as panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and various phobias. All of these conditions interfere with normal functioning either at home, work or school. The degree to which they interfere can be financially and emotionally disruptive. Sometimes medical conditions are underlying causes and a thorough physical evaluation is recommended. Anxiety disorders may accompany depression and can impair social, occupational or interpersonal functions.
Can neurofeedback help anxiety? Because the root of anxiety is located in the limbic system a favorable response with calming occurs with neurofeedback. Stress management and relaxation training along with neurofeedback helps the brain to regulate itself allowing the brain to function better and accept changes in one’s life.
Those who do neurofeedback training gain control and significantly reduce or eliminate anxiety or panic. The brain learns to function calmly eliminating the need for any hyperarousal that accompanies anxiety. Additional psychotherapy, stress management, and relaxation training will ensure skill building for handling stressors.