12 May 2020

Neurofeedback For Anxiety Treatment

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Neurofeedback For Anxiety Treatment

Here is a fact that may surprise you: Anxiety related disorders are the most prevalent type of mental health disorders in America. This includes general anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, separation anxiety and more. It is far more common in younger aged adults and lower in those over 50. With todays societal pressures, such as making money, raising a family and having enough for retirement, this should come as no surprise.

The good news is that there are more options available now for proper care and treatment than in the past. This is because the disorder is more understood and there is substantial research available. To understand how to address this issue, we need to dig in deeper on current methods for treatment.

Western medicine’s approach to anxiety in the past has been problematic- the class of drug most often used is tranquilizers, which are a temporary solution at best, and can actually cause anxiety as they wear off. These drugs can also cause dependency, which is why they are listed as controlled substances that come with a no driving or operating heavy machinery warning.

Neurofeedback has been successfully researched as an alternative therapy choice for anxiety disorders. In a recent study  neurofeedback was shown to effectively reduce anxiety in 26 healthy subjects with high anxiety. A protocol was designed to enhance connectivity between the prefrontal cortex and the amygdala in the presence of a threat. Subjects showed a subjective reduction in anxiety as well as an objective change in neural pathway regulation, all positive signs.

Best of all, continued positive regulation was observed even in the absence of neurofeedback, meaning participants were able to regulate their own brains in the presence of a threat stimulus without using neurofeedback. This suggesting permanent, positive brain changes resulted from the neurofeedback training.

There are many more positive case studies relating to neurofeedback and anxiety, which can be found in the research section of this site.  The research all suggest that neurofeedback may be a permanent, non-invasive solution for anxiety disorders.


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