Anxiety – Neurotherapy Can Help
Anxiety can take the form of constant worry or having the inability to relax. At times, it can feel like the brain has its own never-ending “Honey Do” list that loops 24 hours a day. Many people who struggle with anxiety also report having insomnia because they are up all night with a “busy brain” that won’t quiet down. If the brain is less “busy”, then this results in falling asleep faster and staying asleep longer. Improved sleep is essential for the brain to work at an optimal and calm state.
Neurofeedback can help with anxiety and insomnia by teaching the client to increase relaxing brainwaves and decrease the more active brainwaves associated with anxiety. It has also been shown to decrease heart rate reactivity in the presence of environmental stressors. Once we can train our brains and bodies to relax, we can better control our internal mind chatter and perform better during the day. A better regulated brain and body can perform well even under stressful conditions.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are three disorders that have been shown to be helped by Neurofeedback training. Excessive worry or frequently feeling keyed up are common symptoms of GAD. The individual suffering from GAD can experience symptoms such as racing heart rate, sweating, lightheadedness, and irritability. PTSD is exhibited in a person who has experienced a severely traumatic event. The individual may feel like the event is recurring at that moment or have nightmares about the trauma.OCD is a disorder that causes a person to continuously engage in a specific behavior or thought. They get stuck in these ritualistic patterns that it causes anxiety when these rituals aren’t performed. A person struggling with these disorders is unable to control these occurrences in the body and it causes great distress to their daily functioning. Neurofeedback can help by training the brain to produce a calm state and inhibiting the stress response that is activated by an anxious brain. The Better Brain Center specializes in this non-invasive brain optimization technique and is the largest neurofeedback clinic in Virginia and the metropolitan DC area.
Brittany started having panic attacks at work and at home two years ago. She felt extremely anxious in public places, and this anxiety increased to the point where she couldn’t go to her college classes, job, or even make a trip to the grocery store. She was only able to sleep about three hours every night.After the first week of Neurofeedback, she reported sleeping for eight hours a night. She is shopping again, and working hard at her job and was able to resume attending classes again at the University. Brittany says that she would recommend Neurofeedback as a safe, non-invasive alternative to drugs. “I wish I had found neurofeedback two years ago.”
By Derek Russell, MA, NCC – Neurofeedback Therapist, Technician at The Better Brain Center. If you would like to get in touch with Derek please call 833-964-8483 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.