Anxiety & Panic Attacks


The most common condition neurofeedback has been used for over the past 25 years is in the area of relaxation and stress management. The training addresses the various types of anxiety states which can be heightened by stressful situations. They include such reactions as performance anxiety and stage fright to more severe reactions such as panic attacks and phobias. When a person is in a performance situation the brain will often react by becoming over aroused which compromises the ability to function well. This arousal level builds on itself when the person becomes aware that he or she is out of control, which causes more anxiety, thus a virtual out of control snowball of intense anxiety ensues. This type of reaction can often be triggered by an earlier similar experience.

Issues with anxiety reflect a brain that is simply not well regulated as any view in the persons EEG will tell us. Fortunately, the condition is highly responsive to neurofeedback training. The overall result of regulating the brain is multi-layered; the panic attacks become non-existent and subsequently the person develops a higher level of confidence not just in public performance situations but in all life situations where mastery is needed or desired. The higher level of confidence allows the person to perform in areas that have a higher degree of complexity.

Since anxiety is behind nearly every form of psychological disorder we want to make sure our clients understand its total spectrum and present them with the right attitude about what they can expect from the training. In our culture most of us live life in the fast lane. Is it therefore appropriate to slow the brain down? Would we lose our edge? No. We would not. Our goal is to train the brain to function optimally which often involves training it to slow down. Ultimately, speaking of the fast lane, we want to transform anxiety into its opposite, i.e., excitement.