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Neurofeedback for Anxiety

Anxiety

Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It’s a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come. The first day of school, going to a job interview, or giving a speech, may cause most people to feel fearful and nervous. However, if your feelings of anxiety are extreme, last for longer than six months, and/or are interfering with your life, you may have an anxiety disorder. (Healthline.com)

Anxiety can feel different from person to person. Feelings can range from butterflies in your stomach, to a racing heart. You might experience feelings of being out of control, experience nightmares, panic attacks, having painful thoughts/memories, or you may have a general feeling of fear and worry. The most common symptoms of anxiety are increased heart rate, rapid breathing, restlessness, trouble concentrating and difficulty falling asleep.

There are five major types of anxiety disorders:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder – A person feels anxious on most days, worrying about lots of different things, for a period of six months or more.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – recurring irrational thoughts that lead you to perform specific, repeated behaviours.
  • Panic Disorder – People with panic disorder may live in fear of the next panic attack.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – anxiety following a traumatic event.
  • Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder) – experience of extreme fear of being judged by others in social situations.

Common treatment option for these disorders includes medication and psychotherapy. However, not all patients respond positively to these treatment options, and can often experience unpleasant side effects to the prescribed drugs.

EEG Biofeedback is a non-invasive treatment technique that helps individuals by providing feedback about how their body or brain is functioning, and utilising this information to improve their body’s or brain’s performance.

Biofeedback is one of the most useful adjuncts in treating both short- and long-term physiologic hyperarousal seen in anxiety disorders. It has also proved helpful for patients who are learning to reduce fearful anticipation triggers through cognitive/behaviour therapies.

Neurofeedback Therapy

The aim of neurofeedback is to teach patients how to improve their attention and behavioural control. This is achieved by using visual and auditory reinforcement from computer programs. As such, it is a form of ‘brain training’, where the individual is instructed in how to reduce or enhance the activity of their brainwaves.

How It Works

During the session, sensors are placed on the patient’s head, and the patient’s brain waves are monitored through an electroencephalograph (EEG).

Through these sensors, the patient’s brain activity can be seen as patterns on a computer screen. When the patient changes certain brain activity, the sensors indicate this through a beep or tone.

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Neurofeedback for Anxiety

Over the past 30 years, a great deal of scientific evidence has been provided to support the effectiveness of neurofeedback as a natural, non-invasive, and effective treatment in reducing anxiety. In each study, anxiety was reduced after neurofeedback training was administered for three months.

Whilst medication can provide short-term relief by adjusting the chemicals in the brain, neuroplasticity enables Neurofeedback to ‘rewire’ the brain’s electrical circuits and as such enabling long-term change.

Neurofeedback enhances your brain’s natural abilities to improve itself, without any medications or direct brain stimulation. These interventions help stimulate the growth of new pathways in your brain, producing long-lasting benefits.

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Special Offer

Anxiety Crossed Out

During September and October, we are offering 20% Off the Initial Neurofeedback Consultation & Treatment (£ 96, normally £ 120) with Elizabeth Demont. Included in this session (90 minutes) is a full history and assessment, advice and your first Neurofeedback session.

To make an Appointment, please Click Here.

 


 

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