Neurofeedback for Anxiety
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, mental illness is the third leading cause of disability burden in Australia. While Anxiety Disorders are considered to be the most prevalent mental health condition - with an average of 1 in 4 people predicted to experience anxiety at some point in their life - the sooner people receive support, the more likely they are to recover. And while we have learned that some degree of stress and anxiety is beneficial for keeping us safe or keeping us motivated, an Anxiety Disorder is a different matter altogether.
So what is an ANXIETY DISORDER?
Anxiety is regarded as the "subjective psychological experience of environmental stressors" marked by excess worry, sleep disturbance, difficulty concentrating, fatigue and irritability.
A chronic anxiety disorder results in intense emotional responses that are disproportionate to the situation that triggered the response.
But remember this, an Anxiety disorder doesn't look the same for everyone! It might manifest as Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social anxiety, Phobia or Panic Disorder. Anxiety might also feature as part of another mental health condition, such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Chronic anxiety can be debilitating and severely impact one's daily functioning and quality of life, not to mention the associated adverse health effects including; a weakened immune system, inflammatory markers, adrenal depletion and decreased growth hormones.
Current treatments include talking therapies, such as CBT, and medication, however many people find little to no relief using these options. Neurofeedback offers a safe, effective, non-invasive treatment alternative by targeting and training areas of the brain associated with anxiety to ultimately treat the root cause.
During a Neurofeedback session, the brain receives instant information (feedback) about it's own changes and processes. Every time the brain activates in a favourable way, it receives an audio-visual reward to strengthen pathways and reinforce optimal brain activity. Over time, the brain undergoes restructuring and reshaping to support healthy brain function.
At Sydney Neurofeedback Centre, we regularly see Neurofeedback helping those who are suffering from anxiety because it successfully quietens fight / flight networks in the brain while simultaneously encourages prefrontal cortex activity to appropriately override irrational emotional responses and support concentration, attention, mood and mental focus.
Following Neurofeedback treatments, clients report feeling:
less overwhelmed by situations
more present in situations
greater mental clarity
If you would like to learn more about Neurofeedback for Anxiety, you can contact our clinic on (02) 8668 5864 or send an email via the contact form.
Sydney Neurofeedback Centre