Neurofeedback for Anxiety

depressed person on bench

What is Anxiety?

Quite often Anxiety is accompanied by other conditions such as Depression, or there can be an alternating cycle between symptoms of anxiety and depression.

What can be done about it?

There are multiple approaches to the alleviation of symptoms associated with Anxiety.  They range from medications to diet (including detoxification), to exercise, counseling, and now neurofeedback.

How does Neurotherapy with Neurofeedback (NFB) differ from the other approaches?

Neurofeedback differs from other approaches in that it is non-invasive, non-toxic, and non-addictive and uses the strength of the individual’s own brain and healing systems to increase the individual’s functioning.   Neurofeedback can work also with other approaches, or as a standalone approach in some situations. Changing the way the brain operates through the use of (qEEG) Quantitative Electroencephalography Guided Neurofeedback training (using reward or operant conditioning) can alter symptomatologies in dramatic and often permanent ways.  Neurofeedback has little known side effects, and is relatively easy to learn and often fun.  Lastly, because it is not a medical procedure it does not require a doctor’s prescription.

How do ICANS approaches improve functioning and lessen symptoms?

Through a highly individualized assessment process using a qEEG based brain map, determinations are made as to where to intervene in order to help restore functioning or to improve it.  Using a variety of Biofeedback and Neuropsychophysiological approaches to help define the client’s condition, a training plan is made that may involve traditional biofeedback and/or qEEG guided Neurofeedback.

Likewise, consultations with other care providers are also frequently made to provide better outcomes for the individual.  As an example, consultations can be made with physicians to inform them about improvements (symptom reductions, improved brain functioning) made by the client as a result of Neurofeedback and Biofeedback training, and the client and his or her doctor can then make determinations about medication dosing or in some cases the cessation of medications.