Anxiety disorders are the most common condition in the United States, affecting approximately 18% of the population every year. Prolonged stress and anxiety can have a negative effect on one’s health, and the consequences of prolonged anxiety can manifest in a multitude of ways. Neurofeedback can be an alternative treatment to those experiencing anxiety.
Anxiety is the mind and body’s reaction to stressful, dangerous or unfamiliar situations. It often results in a feeling of uneasiness, distress or dread. Fast heart rate, rapid breathing, sweating and feeling tired may occur.
Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. At healthy levels, it helps us stay alert and aware. However, for those experiencing these feelings more often than not, it can be debilitating and can hurt our relationships, our work life, schooling, and our health. Neurofeedback is an effective treatment for anxiety.
Benefits of Neurofeedback for Anxiety
Neurofeedback is an all-natural approach that can create long-term changes in brain function. It allows you to reshape anxiety networks in your brain, helping it heal. Medications for anxiety typically just treat the symptoms and do not correct the source of the problem in the brain. Neurofeedback gets to the source the problem by training targeted areas for improved quality of life. This method allows you to change your brain, not just mask your symptoms.
Unlike medication, neurofeedback causes minimal to no side effects. The most commonly reported side effect is a feeling of tiredness after a session.