We all experience anxious moments in our life, whether it be the big presentation at work, a final exam at school, social situations, certain family situations or even the state of the world today.
Stress is a normal part of every human experience. However, for some people, the anxiety can be constant. In these individuals the brain has very often been trained to stay in a constant level of arousal.
When we look at the brain of an individual that deals with anxiety, we often see an over active area of the brain called the cortex. The cortex is the area of the brain that deals with us having conscious thoughts. When this part of the brain becomes overactive we get one thought that leads to ten thoughts, that then can lead to one hundred thoughts. And so the result is that we get overwhelmed and anxious.
Neurotherapy, also called Neurofeedback (NFB), EEG Biofeedback, or Brainwave Training is a type of alternative therapy that uses real-time displays of electroencephalography (EEG) to illustrate brain activity. By recording brain wave activity using sensors placed on the head, a practitioner can gather information about why an individual may be having clinical symptoms of anxiety based on what is happening in their brain.
States of neurophysiological over-arousal or under-arousal can contribute to why a client may be manifesting symptoms of anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), as well as a variety of other stressful conditions.
Once initial information has been gathered from nineteen specific sites on the head, neurofeedback can be used to track brain wave activity, and train the brain to operate more efficiently by providing visual and auditory feedback to the client as their brain wave patterns improve and self-regulation occurs.
The retraining of the brain is accomplished by experiencing visual stimulation that darkens and lightens as brainwave patterns change. By adjusting the brightness with the brain waves, you retrain and engage the brain. Over the course of the treatments, neurofeedback creates permanent positive changes.
For more information on how neurofeedback can help with your anxiety, call our office at 314-983-9355