What is neurofeedback and how does it work?
Neurofeedback, or EEG biofeedback, is a research-backed brain training technique that employs EEG technology to provide real-time feedback about your brain's state. Sensors that are attached to your scalp help detect your psychophysiological state and correct any dysfunction that’s occurring.
The EEG technology can tell you when your brain is functioning the way it should and when it isn’t. A visual or audible reward is delivered when your brain performs properly and produces regular brainwaves. When irregular brainwaves are produced, the reward gets taken away. This teaches you how to better self-regulate your brain's electrical activity.
Keep in mind no electrical stimulation is administered. The sensors used in neurofeedback therapy are simply used to measure your brainwave activity.
Why neurofeedback is so effective in treating anxiety and depression
Over the last several decades, substantial research has demonstrated the effectiveness of neurofeedback as a treatment technique for anxiety and depression, particularly when used in conjunction with medication and talk therapy.
One of the reasons neurofeedback is so powerful in helping individuals find long-term relief is because this treatment option addresses the root of the problem, rather than alleviating the symptoms.
You've probably heard that people who suffer from depression or anxiety have a chemical imbalance in their brains. This notion has been disproven, despite the fact that it is frequently cited as an explanation for people with mental health conditions.
Your mental state and your brainwaves
What is actually happening in the brains of people with anxiety and depression is the overproduction of irregular brainwaves. Abnormalities in brain activity are linked to the development of certain disorders, hence irregular brainwave patterns are linked to mental health disorders.
With an anxiety disorder, for example, it’s likely parts of your brain, such as the amygdala, are hyperactive. And if you experience depression, parts of your brain are likely underperforming.
Your neurofeedback specialist can use a qEEG brain map to determine the particular areas that are contributing to your symptoms and offer a customized treatment plan based on the results.
At its most basic level, neurofeedback is all about detecting and correcting abnormal brainwave patterns. Repeating this therapeutic process allows your brain to naturally self-regulate your brainwave patterns. And with enough training, you’ll no longer need to consciously think about producing regular, or “optimal” brainwaves.
Learn more about Denver anxiety and depression treatment
If you’re interested in learning more about this drug-free Denver anxiety and depression treatment, reach out to us today at McWhorter CNR. As neurological recovery and mental health specialists, we’re here to help you better manage your symptoms and address your problems at the source.
Schedule an appointment today to take control of your mental health and reduce your anxiety and depression symptoms.