Neurofeedback For Anxiety Disorders

People with anxiety disorder often deal with intensive, excessive, and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Untreated anxiety prevents individuals from sustaining a high quality of life and could develop high health risks.

The major causes of anxiety disorder might be linked to underlying health issues or hereditary conditions. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to treat an anxiety disorder. This article will look at this mental condition and how neurofeedback can be used to treat it.

What Is Anxiety Disorder?

Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that interfere with daily activities. Unlike regular anxiety, the disorder causes repeated panic attack episodes throughout the day. These are difficult to control and often taken out of proportion to the actual danger.

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Common anxiety symptoms include:

  • Nervous, restless, or tense
  • Sense of impending danger, panic, or doom
  • Increase heart rate
  • Hyperventilation
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Gastrointestinal problems

Types of Anxiety Disorder

While it is normal to experience some anxiety, an anxiety disorder goes beyond the typical nervousness that most people feel. These problems often manifest to such a level that they hinder normal function, cause overreactions to specific situations, or limit a person's ability to respond to crises. Identification of anxiety disorders will always require the help of a professional; however, the type of anxiety disorder can often guide the appropriate treatment type.

Types of anxiety disorder are:

  • Anxiety disorder due to a medical condition

    Includes symptoms of panic attacks and anxiety caused by a health problem like heart disease, diabetes, thyroid problems, respiratory infections, and more. 

  • Agoraphobia

    Fear and avoidance of situations where one might feel panic, helpless, or embarrassed.

  • Generalized anxiety disorder

    Includes excessive anxiety about ordinary routine issues. 

  • Panic disorder

    Includes frequent episodes of panic attacks, where it is common to feel terror, fear, chest pain, shortness of breath, pounding heart, and more.

  • Selective mutism

    It is a failure to speak on children in certain situations like school or social events. Symptoms do not often show at home or with family but can interfere with school, work, and social functioning.

  • Separation anxiety disorder

    This childhood disorder is characterized by anxiety developed from separation from a parental figure.

  • Social anxiety disorder

    Includes high levels of anxiety, fear, and avoidance of social situations.

  • Specific phobias

    Major anxiety when exposed to a particular phobia.

  • Substance-induced anxiety disorder

    It is intense anxiety or panic attacks because of withdrawals or overuse of drugs, medications, or toxic substances.

Other specific and unspecific anxiety disorders include anxieties or phobias that do not meet others' criteria may also be shared.

How Can Neurofeedback Help Treat Anxiety Disorders?

Neurofeedback has been used for many years on patients suffering from an anxiety disorder. This therapy has been proven to decrease reliance on medication, reduce anxiety symptoms, and increase the quality of life. It works by teaching patients to retrain their brains and no longer produce the brainwave patterns responsible for anxiety.

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How Can Oklahoma Neurofeedback Specialists Help?

Oklahoma Neurofeedback Specialists are here to help you self-regulate your brain to treat a variety of conditions. Consider Neurotherapy to give your mind the tools to effectively manage your symptoms and start achieving regular, healthy brainwave activity with consistent training and support. We invite you to read more about the Neurofeedback process or book your free consultation to get started.

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