Neurofeedback is a non-drug natural alternative for anxiety.
It’s another day. Is this all there is to your life? Sometimes you can’t feel at all and don’t give a crap, other times you over-react.
You go to work and it was a difficult day…again. You don’t feel like you are being your best. You can’t wait to get home, but tomorrow is the same thing…
You feel exhausted, stressed, and overwhelmed. Thoughts get stuck in your head and you can’t make them go away. You just wish that people would do what you expect them to do.
People piss you off. . . it isn’t you, it’s them! Well, maybe it is. . . you.
This isn’t who you are or who you were meant to be. You may manifest anxiety by not being able to sit still, not sleeping well, or worrying about the past or the future. Maybe you appear calm in your body and look like you have your crap together, but you don’t feel like it on the inside.
Neurofeedback can train your brain to change its response/overreaction to stress. This is NOT the same as teaching you to manage your stress or teaching you coping skills. I bet you have already tried that.
Neurofeedback enables your brain to not overreact to stress in the first place.
You don’t have to try to remember skills that you really can’t freakin use. You don’t have to try to calm yourself down (who can calm themselves down when they are annoyed?)
You are ready for a change.
If you have anxiety, all of your senses are heightened making everyone annoying to you. Maybe you don’t like the way someone said something, you may misinterpret situations. Maybe you are just freakin angry and you don’t know why.
Anxiety affects the quality of your life your mood, job, and your future, but neurofeedback calms your brain, and a calm brain can make better decisions.
Areas of your brain are smaller in size with chronic stress. That is why anxiety affects your memory, reasoning, decision-making, emotions, and self-control.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders. They affect 18% of adults in the United States (National Institute of Mental Health). Of these cases, 22% are classified as severe, and only 34% are getting treatment.
80% of kids with an anxiety disorder are not receiving treatment, according to the 2015 Child Mind Institute Children’s Mental Health Report.
Children with anxiety are difficult to understand and parent. Do you feel on edge, waiting for your child to blow up, tantrum, rage?
Anxiety is not caused by what you are or are not doing as a parent. It is a brain thing.
According to the 2016 Children’s Mental Health Report :
Anxiety disorders like social phobia can make students twice as likely to drop out or fail a grade; ADHD, mood and anxiety symptoms and disruptive behavior at age 6 predict math and reading achievement at age 17; and combinations of mental health disorders (including substance abuse) are predictors for low levels of lifetime educational attainment.
Our goal at Intellect LLC is for you to be able to come off your medication or at least decrease your medication under the direction of your prescribing doctor.
- We do not advise patients to stop medication without medical advice. Abruptly discontinuing certain medications may induce a seizure. Medically-supervised weaning is imperative.
Medication covers up your symptoms and increases your need for taking them. When you stop taking the medication, you will still have anxiety. Long-term use of benzos has been linked to dementia and permanent memory impairment.
Not all people with anxiety have these symptoms, but sometimes these symptoms stem from anxiety:
- Controlling behavior
- Overreactive responses
- Negative thinking
- Unable to let down your guard down
For additional resources:
- American Psychological Association
- National Institute for Mental Health
- Anxiety Disorders Association of America
Generalized Anxiety Disorder includes the following symptoms occurring more days than not for at least 6 months:
- Restlessness or feeling on edge
- Excessive worry
- Being easily fatigued
- Muscle tension
- Sleep disturbance
- Marked fear of social scrutiny or judgment by others (i.e. that they will feel humiliated, embarrassed, rejection, or offend others)
- Fear of appearing anxious
- Social situation are avoided
- Sudden recurrent panic attacks with intense fear
- accelerated heart rate sweating
- shortness of breath
- feeling impending doom
- Difficulty breathing
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Obsessions are uncontrollable reoccurring and disturbing thoughts, urges, or mental images that cause anxiety
- Some common obsessions may be:
- Fear of germs or contamination
- Unwanted forbidden thoughts involving sex, religion, and harm
- Aggressive thoughts towards others or self
- Needing symmetry or in a particular order
Compulsions are repetitive behaviors that a person with OCD feels the urge to do in response to an obsessive thought .Some common compulsions may be:
- Excessive cleaning and/or handwashing
- Ordering and arranging things
- Repeatedly checking on things, such as checking if the door is locked.
- Compulsive counting
- Mental rituals (prayer, reciting nonsense words or phrases)
Not all rituals or habits are compulsions. A person with OCD generally:
- Can’t control thoughts or behaviors, even when those thoughts or behaviors are recognized as excessive
- Spends at least 1 hour a day on these thoughts or behaviors
- Doesn’t get pleasure when performing the behaviors or rituals, but may feel brief relief from the anxiety the thoughts cause
- Experiences significant problems in their daily life due to these thoughts or behaviors
Some individuals with OCD also have a tic disorder.
Motor tics are sudden, brief, repetitive movements, such as eye blinking and other eye movements, facial grimacing, shoulder shrugging, and head or shoulder jerking. Common vocal tics include repetitive throat-clearing, sniffing, or grunting sounds.
- Mind over chatter: Plastic up-regulation of the fMRI salience network directly after EEG neurofeedback.
Ros T, Théberge J, Frewen PA, Kluetsch R, Densmore M, Calhoun VD, and Lanius RA
NeuroImage, 65, 2013, pp 324-35