Difficulties encountered which could be enhanced
Anxiety is a condition that can combine negative emotions (such as worries, fears, ruminations, obsessions), as well as physical reactions (fast heart rate, difficult breathing, increased muscle tension, sweaty and cold hands …). To a greater degree, it is also possible to talk about anxiety disorders that can then come in different forms such as generalized anxiety, panic attacks, phobias or obsessive compulsive disorders.
The amygdala, an area deep in the brain, on each side, has the size and shape of an almond. It is often one of the regions most involved in anxiety. They play the role of the “emergency button” in the brain. When a threatening situation arises, the amygdala will activate to trigger the “state of emergency”. It will send signals to other areas of the brain and activate a series of biological mechanisms to prepare you to face the threat, by increasing the production of adrenaline, heart rate and respiratory and many other functions.
Therefore, when this region of the brain does not act optimally, it is possible to see difficulties in managing anxiety and its manifestations.
Although the role of the amygdala is seen as very important in anxiety, current studies in Neurofeedback reveal that 6 other brain regions are also involved at this level. During the evaluation, we measure the level of activity of each of these regions using the EEG to check if their level of activity is in the norms. Subsequently, using the latest generation of Neurofeedback equipment, we can simultaneously train the different regions known to play a role in the management of anxiety. In addition, training the communication between each of these regions, appears to us as essential.
- Decreased anxiety
- Improved sleep
- Better control of emotions
- Decreased panic attacks
- Mood generally more positive
Neurofeedback is currently rated as a Level 4 of 5 intervention for anxiety disorders according to the “Evidence-based Practice in Neurofeedback and Biofeedback 2016” reference guide. In general, clients perceive a decrease in their anxiety after 5 or 7 sessions, but usually continue a dozen more sessions of training with this protocol in order to reach significant levels of improvement.
It has been shown that the benefits obtained with Neurofeedback are usually long-lasting and even with optimized brain capabilities, they continue to improve in the following months until the end of the Neurofeedback workouts.