Anxiety using EEG biofeedback or
Neurofeedback is a promising approach for the treatment of children with
Anxiety and many Special Needs. Anxiety is one of the most common childhood disorders,
characterized by developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity. These core
symptoms lead to impairment in home, school and peer contexts.
biofeedback or Neurofeedback is a learning strategy that works to
improve the brain's ability to produce certain healthy brainwaves. You can think of it as exercise therapy for the brain. When information about a person's own brainwave
characteristics is made available to him/her, they can learn to regulate them.
Neurofeedback instruments show the kind of waves a person is producing, making it
possible for the individual to learn to change in ways to improve attention. It is essentially self-regulation
training. It is ideally suited to those with Anxiety.
Neurofeedback may be the natural
alternative to medication such as Ritalin. Neurofeedback may the answer for
children and adult with Special Needs such those mentioned above.
Neurofeedback is a process of brain wave
therapy to modify the trainee's own brain waves activity so that this gradual learning process can train the brain
to function with better control and stability.
Neurofeedback is based on the work of Professor M. Barry Sterman of the
UCLA School of Medicine, Departments of Neurobiology and Behavioural Psychiatry. Professor Sterman recognised how
brain function can be altered and normalised by operant conditioning of the EEG. QEEG and neurotherapy has been
endorsed by the American Psychological Association as within the realm of psychologists with
appropriate training. Neurofeedback or Neurotherapy training to decrease slow wave activity and
increase fast, desynchronised EEG activity has been used for over twenty years to ameliorate Anxiety is well
documented in medical literature.
it enhances the ability of th c individual to access and
maintain different states of physiological arousal
it enhances and supports the mechanisms by which the brain
manages cortical hyperexcitability
it reinforces equilibrium states i.e.
Thus, Neurofeedback training can
be seen as brain training or brain learning i.e. harnessing the brain's intrinsic ability to learn about
Neurofeedback is a painless, brain
therapy approach for Anxiety that allows the individual to gain information about his or her brainwave activity
and use that information to produce changes in brainwave activity during brain wave training session. NO
Electricity is input into the brain. Hence, Neurofeedback Therapy is safe and may be fun too!
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