Neurofeedback Training Offers Help For Depression And It Can Dramatically Help With Anxiety.
There are many ways to help the brain and help alleviate the anxious symptoms—talk therapy, drug therapy, biofeedback, meditation, lifestyle changes—and also a new type of therapy called neurofeedback training.
See also our video: What is Neurofeedback and how does it work?
NEUROFEEDBACK CASE STUDY: Does neurofeedback work for anxiety? Watch how neurofeedback training helped Jenny with alleviating stress, anxiety and depression
What Results Can I Expect From Neurofeedback Training?
There is no standard answer to this question because everyone’s central nervous system is unique. While we cannot predict what your brain will do with the information it receives from our neurofeedback training, we can offer a few guidelines.
Clients describe after a neurofeedback session feeling clearer, calmer, lighter or brighter for a few hours after the session – a feeling that typically will last through the week, from one session to the next (weekly sessions being the most common).
Eventually, this new centered way of being becomes their “new normal”. Only if they get thrown off by a negative event - a bad day at work, chemicals, a knock on the head - might they drop into the way they felt before. But generally, they will not dip as deeply into emotional discomfort and will more than likely bounce back from challenging situations much more quickly and easily.
A survey of NeurOptimal trainers comprising 1.2 million sessions found these areas of function improved with neurofeedback training:
- Stress— worry and fearfulness
- Anxiety, panic, hypervigilance
- Sleep disorders
- Learning problems— ADHD symptoms, lack of focus, inability to attend to tasks
- Headaches and migraines
- PTSD and trauma symptoms
- Head and brain injuries
- Cravings and addictions
- Low self-esteem and self-image
- Stuck patterns of thinking and behaving
“The process is deceptively simple — being hooked up to a neurofeedback computer, and sitting quietly. Afterwards there’s a subtle but powerful shift in feeling — I feel more present, and relaxed, and have greater well being. It’s been very effective in working with my anxiety.”
– Robert, NYC.
- Effects Of NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback On Symptoms Of Depression And Anxiety - by Dr. Linda Beckett MD & Dr. Janet McCulloch MD
- Neurofeedback With Anxiety And Affective Disorders - by D. Corydon Hammond, PhD, ABEN/ECNS. Neurofeedback with anxiety and affective disorders. A robust body of neurophysiologic research is reviewed on functional brain abnormalities associated with depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
- Neurofeedback Treatment Of Depression And Anxiety - by D. Corydon Hammond.
A robust body of research documents that there are biological predispositions that often exist for depression, anxiety, and obsessive–compulsive disorder. However, new research has shown that medication is only mildly more effective than placebo in the treatment of these problems. In treating these conditions, neurofeedback (EEG biofeedback) may offer an alternative to invasive treatments such as medication, ECT, and intense levels of transcrancial magnetic stimulation. This paper reviews the neurofeedback literature with these problems, finding particularly positive research support for the treatment of anxiety disorders. New findings on the neurofeedback treatment of depression are presented.
Supporting neurofeedback as an alternative treatment for PTSD, depression and anxiety
- The Washington Post: Therapists Are Using Neurofeedback To Treat ADHD, PTSD And Other Conditions
- CNN: Brain Training To Help With Anxiety And ADHD - Linda Ciampa tells us how some patients with severe anxiety or ADHD are using neurofeedback instead of medications to change their brainwaves and help their conditions. Watch video here.
- Does neurofeedback work for anxiety? How I Got Unstuck - By Neurofeedback Trainer Coach and NYC Therapist Heather Coleman, LCSW & NYC
- 3 Ways Stress and Anxiety Impact Relationships - by Advanced Neurofeedback Trainer and Founder of Neurofeedback Training Co. Natalie Baker
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DID YOU KNOW?
The FDA has approved neurofeedback for stress management, to help control chaotic thoughts, help people relax, help them meditate. To smooth out those pitchy waves. Last year, the FDA also approved the EEG for confirming diagnoses of ADHD in children and young adults. Read more >
3 OPTIONS TO START: Rent, Schedule a Session or Buy
At Neurofeedback Training Co. you can either schedule a session at one of our locations or rent an advanced neurofeedback system. When renting, you'll train with the same technology used in our clinics. Renting will also save you in overall neurofeedback cost and is the most convenient option, especially for families.