Anxiety can be a debilitating issue. The US National Institute of Mental Health report almost 1/5 of people have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety can include panic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, PTSD, generalized panic disorder, and phobias. Many of the patients we help have high levels of anxiety. We help people dealing with anxiety with neurofeedback and brain rehab exercises. It is important for the public to know there is a non-drug alternative for people dealing with anxiety.
Neurofeedback is the retraining/balancing of the brain waves by use of computer. It is a noninvasive treatment process that occurs while a person watches a movie. The majority of the time in dealing with anxiety cases we are trying to calm a the brain. We suggest to the brain to calm down by using specific colored glasses that blink. We monitor the progress using EEG leads. When the brain calms, the movie plays. When the brain starts to fire to high, the movie fades out. A feedback loop is created in the process. This process is known as operant conditioning of the brain.
Neurofeedback has been used many years for ADHD, autism, anxiety, depression, PTSD, insomnia, post concussion syndrome and chronic pain. The Scheinost research group found neurofeedback can enable enhanced control over anxiety and supports neruofeedbck as a clinically useful therapy. The Hammond research group found neurofeedbak qualifies for the evidence-based designation of being an efficacious treatment. We have used this therapy for people dealing with anxiety for many years.
Anxiety is commonly treated with benzodiazepine drugs like Ativan, Xanax, and Valium. It is reported on mercola.com that these drugs work in a similar way as heroin and marijuana. www.Worstpills.org reports benzodiazepines are addictive, can cause hip fractures, unsteady walking, increase risk of auto accidents, impairment in thinking and memory problems. The World Health Organization reports a “striking deterioration in the personal care and social interactions in long term benzodiazepine users.”
Anxiety is also commonly treated with anti-depressants. Researchers at the Louisville School of Medicine found long term use of anti-depressants could actually cause depression. Mercola.com reports use of these drugs may cause suicidal thoughts, violent behavior, diabetes, problems with the immune system, still births, broken bones and stroke.
For more information on neurofeedback give us a call at 770.237.3970 or check us out at themartinclinc.com. We are located at 1815 Satellite Boulevard in Duluth, Georgia.