Neurofeedback for Stress and Anxiety - the non-drug alternative
Stress and Anxiety description
Stress refers to the failure to respond appropriately to emotional or physical threats
while anxiety is a negative mood state characterized by bodily symptoms of physical
tension and apprehension about the future. Stress is a normal part of life. In small
quantities, stress brings about positive effects, such as increased in motivation
and productivity. However, when stressful life events are prolonged, it can trigger
our biological and psychological vulnerabilities to anxiety. This can lead to breakdowns
in the body, leading to diseases like hypertension and neuro-degenerative disorders.
Stress and Anxiety symptoms
Stress and anxiety is often accompanied by physical symptoms such as muscle tension
and sweating. Other symptoms include:
Short attention span
Poor sleep quality
Stress and Anxiety biochemistry
Poor diet has often been quoted to affect a person’s ability to cope with stress.
It also affects our level of anxiety. Clients with chronic stress have shown to have
slow metabolism due to the low thyroid and adrenal functions. Other biological factors
affecting our stress coping ability include:
Low magnesium level
Low B-complex level
High potassium level
Weak adrenal glands
Stress and Anxiety intervention
Neurobiological influences can alter the sensitivity of the brain circuits thus making
a stress individual less susceptible to developing anxiety and its disorders. Hair
Tissue Mineral Analysis test is an inexpensive yet effective method in identifying
mineral levels and toxicity in the body. Intervention through proper supplementation
and dietary habits could be designed to overcome the imbalances and toxicity.
Our cognitive perception of stress and anxiety is crucial. In the QEEG brain mapping,
the state of the brain is revealed. In the case of stress and anxiety, very often
brain becomes very sensitive to the perceived stress triggers and over reacts,
Producing excessive amounts of a type of brain wave called high-Beta (22-35Hz).
Excessive high-beta brain waves have been found prominent in specific parts of the
Brain or in severe cases at all locations in the brain. This indicates extreme brain
activities and can lead to cortical exhaustion, causing irritability and depression.
can also affect other aspects of brain function such as cognition and memory.
Neurofeedback is a non-drug intervention that can significantly reduce a person’s
reaction to stress triggers and reduce anxiety. It is an intervention that aims at
aiding individuals to cope with stress and anxiety through better mental regulation.
With neurofeedback, a person will be trained to stay calm through producing more
a type of brain wave called Alpha (9-12Hz). Alpha is associated with being calm and
alert. At the same time one learns to reduce high-Beta brain wave at crucial locations
on the head. This will directly help to reduce stress and anxiety. Other benefits