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  • NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback for Anxiety

    NeurOptimal Neurofeedback for AnxietyAnyone who suffers from excess anxiety knows how miserable it can be.

    Many try to address anxiety with medication. The sale of anti-anxiety medications like Xanax, Valium, Klonopin and their cousins, and anti-depressants that may help with anxiety, like Zoloft and Paxil, is a multi-billion dollar industry in the U.S. alone. But not everyone wants to take medications, which may have complications or side effects and may have risk of addiction. If you would like to consider a non-medication alternative for anxiety, the best thing I know is NeurOptimal® neurofeedback.

    NeurOptimal neurofeedback for anxiety

    I’ve been a NeurOptimal® trainer since 2004 and have found it to be very effective with reducing anxiety. My clients report feeling calmer, being less reactive in situations that normally produce anxiety – work, relationships, etc. For people whose sleep is disturbed by anxiety, neurofeedback can make a huge difference.

    Neurofeedback and anxiety-related problems with sleep

    It’s rare to find a person with excess anxiety who doesn’t also have difficulty with sleep. I often hear about worry getting in the way of good sleep – difficulty falling asleep and difficulty returning to sleep during the night.

    Quality of sleep may be impaired by anxious dreams or nightmares. You can read on our Client Comments page about my own experience having a common anxiety dream disappear completely. This was after having had that dream all my adult life. It’s now been well over a decade since I last had that dream!

    My clients tend to report more easily falling asleep and easily and quickly going back to sleep if they awaken during the night. They typically tell me they feel more refreshed in the morning. Anxiety dreams and nightmares frequently disappear. The unpleasant experience of waking at three or four in the morning and ruminating  (obsessive thinking) can also go away.

    If you’d like to know more about NeurOptimal® neurofeedback for anxiety (and other things) and how you might benefit, you’re welcome to contact me. Or post questions here on the blog.

    In the meantime, other things you can do for anxiety are:NeurOptimal Neurofeedback for Anxiety

    • Exercise. Aerobic exercise in particular may help you.
    • Meditation and mindfulness have a good track record.
    • Spend time in nature.
    • Yoga and breath practices.
    • Try reducing caffeine. Because of anxiety-affected sleep, sufferers may compensate with caffeine but it can also increase anxiety.

    Please, don’t just put up with it. Anxiety can take the joy out of life. You should have joy in your life.

    Catherine Boyer
    New York NeurofeedbackDR