Neurofeedback Therapy For Anxiety Disorders

At some point in their lives nearly everyone has suffered from an anxiety or a’ panic’ attack. Stage fright or public-speaking anxiety are classic examples of such a reaction. For most people this sensation of uncontrollable fear disappears in a short period of time, and with little more thought they will resume their normal activities. Sadly, such panic attacks can become paralyzing for others and affect their daily lives.About more this topic Leigh Brain & Spine¬†¬†


Neurofeedback therapy has been very successful in treating many patients with panic attacks and anxiety disorders. Many patients who begin therapy say their anxiety attacks are without cause. These patients are simply not aware of the factors which initiate their anxiety. The patient can learn which factors trigger their anxiety attacks through the neurofeedback therapy. Neurofeedback therapy uses EEG testing to assess which causes are exciting brain activity and shows this transition through a visual or auditory signal which can be understood by the client and therapist. Once the initiating factors are known, then the cycle of therapy will begin to regulate the response to these factors.
A neurochemical reaction in an anxiety attack can cause cold sweats, rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure and muscle spasms. This reaction is very similar to the response of a’ fight or flight’ seen with any stress reaction. The patient will first learn to recognize the triggering factors they have missed through neurofeedback therapy and continue to regulate their response to these factors.

Recognizing what factors cause the anxiety is one very important aspect of neurofeedback therapy. EEG monitoring will indicate when the anxiety begins and the patient and therapist will be able to identify the factors that cause those attacks. While avoiding all stress-inducing factors may not be possible by recognizing what they are, at least some can be avoided or at least controlled.
Studies which support the claim that people can learn to consciously control the body’s autonomous responses have been conducted. Through the positive reinforcement provided by neurofeedback therapy a patient can learn how to change their response to stimuli that trigger anxiety. By teaching relaxation techniques, behavior modification, and breathing exercises, the therapist may teach the patient to alter their reaction to stress. Each of these techniques seeks to reduce the physical and emotional response to the stimuli that cause the anxiety. Neurofeedback therapy will regulate your response to the anxiety which causes stimuli.