San Diego Neurofeedback Therapy for Anxiety
Stress can cause anxiety, and many people will respond with anxiety in stressful situations. However, an anxiety disorder goes beyond a temporary response. Individuals with anxiety disorders may experience intense fear, dread, and apprehension in response to normal, everyday circumstances.
Neurofeedback can treat anxiety
We use brain mapping and qEEG neurofeedback to help pinpoint the areas of your brain that need strengthening. We use a dynamic, effective approach to treating anxiety. Our method is non-invasive and comfortable. Get started on the road to conquering anxiety by giving us a call today.
What does anxiety feel like?
Intense levels of anxiety can lead to a full panic attack with actual physical symptoms like chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, and more. Panic attacks typically begin suddenly but may linger even after the stressful event has passed.
Generally, the response is outsized to the actual event. The feelings are out of proportion to the situation. An anxiety disorder impacts every aspect of your life, work, home, school, and personal relationships.
There are several types of anxiety disorders:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): Persistent and excessive worry about everyday life
- Panic Disorder: Recurring panic attacks
- Social Anxiety Disorder: Intense fear and avoidance of social situations
- Phobias (such as agoraphobia or claustrophobia): Irrational fear and avoidance of places or situations that may cause powerful reactions of panic
- Separation Anxiety Disorder: An intense anxiety about being separated from the important people in your life
- Selective Mutism: Generally seen in children, a failure to speak in public even though they can do so at home with family
Consequences of untreated anxiety
Untreated anxiety has serious consequences. You face a higher risk of depression. You face a higher risk of substance abuse. And, untreated anxiety puts you at risk of physical issues such as the flu and the common cold. Your immune system suffers. Sadly, untreated anxiety plays a key role in suicides.
Diagnosing and treating anxiety with neurofeedback
Unfortunately, many symptoms of anxiety disorders overlap and may be misdiagnosed as other conditions like bipolar disorder, ADD/ADHD, schizophrenia, or autism. You need an accurate diagnosis to receive effective treatment. Inappropriate treatment may make your condition worse.
Part of the problem is that psychiatry has become medication management, which has given relief to many. However, anxiety is complex, and not everyone responds well to medication. Many individuals wish to avoid psychiatric medications.Many antianxiety medications suppress brain activity and may increase the risk of dementia.
For a non-pharmaceutical approach to treating anxiety, contact Thrive Neurolab to learn more about improving your life by improving your brain. Take back your life today by making the appointment.