Anxiety can be a debilitating concern. The US National Institute of Mental Health reports almost 1/5 of people have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety can come in the form of panic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD, generalized panic disorder, and phobias. Many of the patients we help have high levels of anxiety as a direct concern or as part of another condition like ADHD or Autism.
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. http://www.nps.org.au reports benzodiazepines are addictive, can cause emotional instability, irritability, anger, night-time urinary incontinence, amnesia, 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, stillbirths, broken bones and stroke.
We help people experiencing anxiety naturally with neurofeedback, individualize nutritional plans and brain rehab activities. It is important for the public to know there are real non-drug choices for people experiencing anxiety.
Neurofeedback is the retraining & balancing of the brain waves by use of advanced computer equipment. It is a noninvasive treatment process that is very safe and effective for a variety of health concerns.
The majority of the time in managing anxiety cases we are trying to teach the brain to reach a calm state. We monitor the progress of each training session using special sensors placed in specific areas of the scalp which pick up brainwave activity. This process is not painful and involved no electricity going into the brain.
Neurofeedback occurs when the person training is connected to the system using a movie as a “feedback” device. Sending information back to the brain through visual and auditory cues. When the brain calms, the movie plays normally. When the brain starts to fire too high, the movie fades out and the sound mutes. A feedback loop is created in this process teaching the brain how to operate at a normal brainwave level instead of over firing. This process is known as operant conditioning of the brain.
Neurofeedback has been used for decades to help with ADHD, autism, anxiety, depression, PTSD, insomnia, bipolar disorder, post-concussion syndrome, and chronic pain. The Scheinost research group found neurofeedback can enable enhanced control over anxiety and supports neurofeedback as a clinically useful therapy. The Hammond research group found neurofeedback qualifies for the evidence-based designation of being an efficacious treatment. We have used this therapy for people dealing with anxiety for many years.
We are currently offering the opportunity to receive a qEEG Brain Map test (See our current special). This specialized test records brain wave activity allowing us to understand if one’s anxiety has a neurologic cause.
For more information on our program give us a call at 586.731.8840 or check us out at MichiganBrainHealth.com.