Are you struggling with anxiety? Discover how neurofeedback can be an effective procedure in assisting in reducing anxiety levels. Dive into the science and benefits of this innovative method.


Anxiety is a common mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by persistent feelings of worry, fear, and unease. While occasional anxiety is a normal part of life, excessive and chronic anxiety can have a significant impact on a person’s well-being and quality of life.

Research has shown that anxiety disorders are associated with abnormal brainwave patterns. Brainwaves are electrical impulses generated by the brain that are responsible for transmitting information between neurons. There are different types of brainwaves, including beta, alpha, theta, and delta waves. Each type of brainwave is associated with different mental states and functions.

In individuals with anxiety disorders, there is often an imbalance in brainwave activity, with an overactivity of beta waves and a decrease in alpha and theta waves. Beta waves are associated with heightened alertness and stress, while alpha and theta waves are associated with relaxation and calmness. Another brainwave pattern associated with anxiety is having beta waves more predominant on the right side of the brain as shown in the image below:

Neurofeedback is a technique that aims to address this brainwave imbalance and promote a more balanced and relaxed state. By providing real-time feedback on brainwave activity, neurofeedback allows individuals to learn how to self-regulate their brainwaves and achieve a state of calm.


Neurofeedback, also known as EEG biofeedback, is a non-invasive procedure that uses electroencephalography (EEG) to measure and provide feedback on brainwave activity. During a neurofeedback session, electrodes are placed on the scalp to detect electrical signals produced by the brain. These signals are then amplified and displayed on a computer screen or other visual or auditory feedback devices.

The feedback provided during a neurofeedback session is in the form of visual or auditory cues that indicate the desired brainwave activity. For example, if the goal is to increase alpha and theta waves, the feedback device may produce a calming sound or display a relaxing image when the desired brainwave patterns are detected.

Through repeated neurofeedback sessions, individuals learn to recognize and control their brainwave activity. This self-regulation can lead to improvements in anxiety symptoms and overall well-being.


Neurofeedback works on the principle of operant conditioning, which is the process of learning through rewards and punishments. When an individual produces the desired brainwave patterns, they receive positive feedback in the form of rewards, such as pleasant sounds or visual stimuli. This positive reinforcement strengthens the neural pathways associated with the desired brainwave activity.

Conversely, when the individual produces undesirable brainwave patterns, they receive negative feedback, such as an interruption in the pleasant stimuli. This negative feedback helps the individual recognize and correct their brainwave activity.

Over time, the brain learns to self-regulate and produce the desired brainwave patterns without the need for external feedback. This leads to a more balanced and relaxed state, reducing anxiety symptoms.


Numerous studies have investigated the effectiveness of neurofeedback in reducing anxiety symptoms. A systematic review published in the journal Clinical Psychology Review analyzed the findings of 25 studies and concluded that neurofeedback is a promising intervention for anxiety disorders.

One study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that neurofeedback was effective in reducing anxiety symptoms in patients with generalized anxiety disorder. The study compared neurofeedback to a control group receiving sham neurofeedback, and the neurofeedback group showed significant improvements in anxiety symptoms.

Another study published in the Journal of Anxiety Disorders examined the long-term effects of neurofeedback on anxiety symptoms in individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study found that neurofeedback led to significant reductions in anxiety symptoms, and these improvements were maintained at a six-month follow-up.

Overall, the research suggests that neurofeedback can be an effective treatment option for anxiety disorders, providing long-lasting benefits.


Neurofeedback has emerged as a promising non-invasive and non-pharmacological approach to managing anxiety. This therapy leverages the brain’s plasticity to modify neural activity and promote a balanced mental state. Here’s how neurofeedback can help reduce anxiousness:

Understanding Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback, a subtype of biofeedback, utilizes EEG technology to monitor and display brainwave patterns in real time. This process is grounded on the concept of brain plasticity, which allows the brain to adapt and change. By observing their own brain activity, patients can learn to influence and regulate their brainwaves.

Addressing the Root Cause

The therapy targets the underlying neural patterns associated with anxiety, aiming to correct imbalances and dysfunctional activity. By doing so, neurofeedback can provide not only immediate symptom relief but also bolster long-term resilience against stress.

Tailored to The Individual

Neurofeedback can be tailored to the specific needs of each individual. The treatment protocol is personalized based on the individual’s brainwave patterns and anxiety symptoms. This individualized approach ensures that the neurofeedback sessions target the underlying causes of anxiety and address the unique needs of each individual.

Long-Term Benefits

One of the key advantages of neurofeedback is the potential for lasting effects. Since the results are self-generated, patients may continue to experience reduced symptoms even after the treatment has concluded. This contrasts with treatments like medication, which typically only offer relief while the drug is being taken.

Training for a Balanced Brain

Neurofeedback training involves exercises that can help improve and strengthen brainwave patterns. This training often uses games or videos to provide feedback, guiding the brain toward a healthier state. Specific protocols, such as alpha-theta training, are designed to induce relaxation and a sense of well-being.

Evidence of Effectiveness

Research supports the efficacy of neurofeedback in reducing anxiety. For instance, one randomized controlled trial (RCT) found that participants undergoing neurofeedback generated more alpha waves, which are associated with relaxation, and experienced significant anxiety reduction. Moreover, studies have shown that neurofeedback can effectively measure and lower anxiety levels over time.

Versatility and Safety

Neurofeedback is a versatile treatment option, applicable to a range of conditions including anxiety, depression, ADHD, and even post-COVID complications. It is particularly helpful for individuals seeking alternatives to medication or talk therapy. Importantly, neurofeedback is safe and non-invasive, making it an accessible option for many patients.


Neurofeedback presents a promising avenue for individuals grappling with anxiety. By harnessing the brain’s ability to retrain itself, neurofeedback offers a sustainable and medication-free method to manage and reduce anxiousness.  Research supports the effectiveness of neurofeedback in reducing anxiety symptoms, and its non-invasive nature and lasting effects make it an appealing option for individuals seeking long-term relief from anxiety.

Understanding and utilizing neurofeedback can be a transformative experience for those affected by anxiety, providing a pathway to a more balanced and resilient mental state.

Want to learn more about neurofeedback? Check out my Introduction to Neurofeedback video

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