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Treating Anxiety and Panic Disorders with Neurofeedback

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Anxiety disorders are a major public health problem in today’s world. From the CDC:

Anxiety disorders, which include panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, and separation anxiety disorder, are the most common class of mental disorders present in the general population.1

One study estimated the annual cost of anxiety disorders in the United States to be approximately $42.3 billion in the 1990s, a majority of which was due to non-psychiatric medical treatment costs. This estimate focused on short-term effects and did not include the effect of outcomes such as the increased risk of other disorders.2

Neurofeedback Goes Mainsteam

Neurofeedback According to Newsweek magazine, Neurofeedback has gone mainstream.

The promise of neurofeedback is to shift our brain waves back to health without drugs, exercise or even meditation. Clients suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, anger or depression can simply sit in a comfortable chair for half-hour sessions with a few wires protruding from their scalp and get a mental tune-up, if not a complete rewiring of an off-kilter brain.

-from Newsweek 5/9/16 “Rewiring Your Brain- Neurofeedback Goes Mainstream

This may fall into the category of ordinary people discovering what scientists have known for years, but it’s good news for your brain, as this mind- blowing therapy becomes more widely available.

Neurofeedback and the Treatment of Depression

depression and neurofeedback

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, If you have been experiencing some of the following signs and symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks, you may be suffering from depression:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Moving or talking more slowly
  • Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight changes
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment

Traditionally, depression has been treated with therapy and medication. Therapy has significant efficacy problems and is often a lengthy process. Many medications can have undesirable side effects. Neurofeedback is increasingly being considered by a growing segment of the scientific community and the public to be an effective treatment for depression and mood disorders.

Neurofeedback- A Cutting Edge ADD/ ADHD Treatment

Neurofeedback To Treat ADHDNeurofeedback is a therapy that is being used to treat ADD/ ADHD. It works very well for children, as it is non-invasive and can often involve playing video games as a way to train the brain.

Neurofeedback is increasingly seen as an appealing alternative to medication to treat ADHD. The treatment is easy and painless, starting with electrodes being attached to the head and then to a computer. The images on the computer screen respond to brain activity. When the right kind of brain activity is demonstrated, something positive will happen on the computer, thus guiding the child or adult to balance their brain waves.

Balanced brain waves equal a reduction in symptoms, and a direct improvement of the quality of life of the patient.

Common Conditions Treated with Neurofeedback

Therapists are using neurofeedback to treat ADHD, PTSD and other conditions

PTSD Treatments- NeurofeedbackNeurofeedback is a type of brain training or biofeedback that uses video games, computers and other specialized tools to help regulate a client’s brain waves. There was recently an article in the Washington Post about neurofeedback and it’s uses in treating a wide variety of brain disorders, including PTSD, pain and anxiety.

Synergy Neurofeedback is a neurofeedback clinic in Fort Collins, CO. You can make an appointment by calling 970-221-1106 or email us.

A neurofeedback therapist uses a computer and sensors measuring brain waves to adjust waves that are out of balance, resulting in a reduction of emotional or neurological symptoms. The article mentions a recent trial involving 104 children published in March in the Journal of Pediatrics. Neurofeedback produced improvements in attention and impulse control, which persisted after six months. The authors concluded that neurofeedback may be a “promising attention training treatment for children with ADHD.”