Neurofeedback Therapy for Anxiety: Does It Work - Reynolds Clinic

Could Neurofeedback Be The Solution To Your Anxiety Problems?

Man fighting with anxietyAre you one of the millions of people who battle with anxiety on a daily basis? Do you become frustrated and embarrassed because friends and family cannot seem to understand just how devastating and soul-destroying anxiety can be?

The problem with anxiety is that everyone is not playing on a level playing field. What one person may find a minor irritant may be catastrophic for someone who suffers with severe anxiety. To make matters worse, well-meaning friends and family may look at you with sympathy and compassion, and say something such as “don’t worry, everything will be ok” only exacerbating the issue.

In many ways, sufferers of anxiety are locked in their own prison. Even when talking to fellow sufferers everyone’s experiences are different, which only increases the feelings of loneliness when trying to cope with this illness.

For many medical professionals, medication seems to be the first and only option. Surely, there has to be some other form of treatment, that does not require taking medication, but which could deliver the desired results?

What Is Neurofeedback And Could It Be The Solution You Are Looking For?

Neurofeedback is a method used to train the brain. A brainwave is an electrical impulse produced when the brain communicates with itself. Scientists have discovered that by attaching electrodes to the scalp, it is possible to measure and monitor the brainwaves, and even ascertain how the brain reacts to certain situations and stimulations.

From this monitoring, it is possible to work out a training plan to counteract the things your brain is doing wrong and to train it to perform tasks in the way you desire. For example, if you were learning to swim and kept performing the breaststroke incorrectly, your swimming coach would make you practice certain actions to get your body to perform the stroke properly. This is exactly how Neurofeedback works for the brain.

Neurofeedback works by rewarding your brain for performing correctly. The doctor might show the patient a computer game in which the patient is the driver. Rather than using a steering wheel or joystick, the control system is operated by your brain. When you react properly, remain calm and relaxed, the car starts to move and respond to your commands. However, the second your brainwaves begin to show signs of anxiety, the car will slow down and stop reacting to your commands. For your brain to be rewarded with a successful lap of the track it needs to manage the anxiety and learn to operate more efficiently. Over time, and with a lot of repetition, the brain associates success and progress with minimal anxiety, and that then becomes its desired state whether playing a computer game or in real life.

The Benefits of Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback brings many benefits including no need to take medication, avoiding the risk of addiction, side effects or changes in personality, that medication can cause. The process of Neurofeedback is painless, non-invasive, and simple. Statistics show that about 80 percent of patients who undertake Neurofeedback as a form of treatment experience significant improvement.

How Do You Find Somewhere That Offers Treatment?

Neurofeedback is a relatively new form of treatment, and not every medical practitioner will even know about it, but check out the Reynolds Clinic. Neurofeedback can offer you the chance to finally deal positively with your anxiety issues, so give it a try.

We have already mentioned positive findings in depression treatment and PTSD treatment with Neurofeedback.