There are markers of anxiety in the brain. In the next video you will see how we can detect “brain hyperactivity” in an anxious person by measuring certain frequencies. In addition, certain regions of the brain (such as hyperactive amygdala) may play an important role in the activation of the nervous system and therefore anxiety. When we do an evaluation in our clinics, all of these markers are measured by doing a quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG)
During an assessment in our clinics, you first meet a psychologist. He or she will be able to fully understand your situation, your main difficulties, and your goals.
Afterwards, a medical electrophysiology technologist will measure your brain activity using a qEEG. We will analyze the different markers of anxiety and you will receive a report in which you will see images of your brain as well as what should be trained in neurofeedback in order to reduce anxiety.
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.