Anxiety disorders, which include Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Phobia Disorder, OCD, Social Anxiety, and symptoms such as rumination, difficulty relaxing, difficulty sleeping, restlessness, and intrusive thoughts or behavior, are some of the most common conditions we treat. Anxiety can be difficult to manage, and often requires long-term or even lifelong care. Neurofeedback has been proven to be an effective treatment for anxiety, especially by improving the brain’s ability to self-regulate.
Anxiety often emerges in QEEG brain maps as abnormal behavioral network activity. At NFSNY, we utilize specific protocols that can teach the brain to regulate this type of activity, promote a sense of physical calm, and reduce ruminative thought patterns. Neurofeedback works by encouraging more regulation in brain activity, and this manifests as a sense of improved emotional stability. Specifically, infraslow neurofeedback, an intervention developed at NFSNY, often provides immediate relief from anxiety by regulating the fight-flight-or-freeze response. Our clients often say that after treatment they are more calm, better equipped to handle stress, have reduced rumination, and are less prone to anxiety and panic attacks.
We take a holistic approach to treating anxiety with neurofeedback. Often, clients come to us out of a desire for non-pharmacological forms of treatment, or to help with tapering off anxiety medication. At NFSNY, we work with each individual to develop a treatment plan that is customized and based on a quantitative brain map (QEEG). Moreover, we offer several different types of neurofeedback to treat and prevent anxiety, including Infraslow and sLORETA. These approaches can help clients reduce the need for anti-anxiety medication by improving emotional stability and encouraging better sleep.