One in eight people in B.C. have an anxiety disorder. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association it is the most common of all mental health issues.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is when you have an overwhelming sense of fear. You may not always know where it comes from. Symptoms can include shortness of breath, heart palpitations, chest pain, tingling and numbness in the body, nausea, stomach aches, headaches and insomnia.
What causes Anxiety?
Many things can trigger anxiety. Illness, insomnia, phobias, money issues, unemployment, withdrawal from opiates, and trauma.
A traumatic event that happened 30 years ago can still echo throughout the nervous system, and trigger the symptoms of anxiety.
We look at anxiety through brain functioning. There are a couple of key areas in the brain that are affected by anxiety:
During an anxiety attack the frontal lobe shuts down. This is where your conscious executive decision-making takes place.
Your amygdala does the opposite of shutting down. It lights up. This is your primitive limbic system, the reptilian brain.
When this limbic brain takes over you have several hundred million-year-old parts of the brain that act like a reptile in danger, and that reptile wants to run or fight, which is why anxiety can overwhelm you without a lot of conscious understanding. This part of the brain doesn’t understand time, and lives in a very fearful fight or flight response.
When the brain is working well it can face fear, stress and change. It gets processed through the front of the brain back to the calming centres in the back of the brain and leads you back to calm.
When the brain has neural blockages this smooth process gets interrupted. The fear doesn’t have anywhere to go, it doesn’t get processed and gets stuck in a fear loop, and that’s what causes the anxiety.
If you’ve had anxiety for a long time this neural pathway starts to get reinforced, and it stops the brain signals from going where they need to go to get calmed down.
Anything that you do again and again, gets stronger and more reinforced, The more anxiety you get, the more often you get it, the more you’re going get, the stronger it’s going to get.
Neurofeedback provides physiological assistance and helps you learn to change your responses to anxiety. With neurofeedback brain training, you can develop the skills you need to reduce or eliminate anxiety in your life.
See Images of Your Brain
Brain maps use EEG technology to take pictures of the flow of electricity throughout your brain. These pictures help define exactly what kind of problem you are dealing with, guide treatment planning, and specifically answer how Neurofeedback can help. Brain maps can even show where medication might help, such as stimulants that your doctor might prescribe to help offset sleepy brainwaves.
We use brain maps extensively and every neurofeedback client begins with a comprehensive assessment report. The brain map images help you clearly understand your individual electrical patterns, the highs and lows in your brainwaves, and your unique opportunities for healthier brain balance.
A Personalized Approach
Neurofeedback provides a very customized approach for each individual client. Our brain map assessment compares your brain to a normative database, pinpointing target locations and brainwaves for change. We obtain measurable, quantitative feedback every session so we can see real progress. Brain maps make what is normally an invisible thing visible, with simple understandable pictures.
Neurofeedback clears up slow and fast brainwave imbalances that block healthy neurological processes, freeing your brain to achieve its full potential, with lasting effects that maximize your brain power.
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