Friday, February 18, 2011

Neurofeedback for Anxiety and Better Sleep

Having an anxiety disorder is a misery no one should have to live with.

About 20% of Americans suffer from anxiety. That doesn't mean 20% of Americans will have an anxiety disorder sometime in their lifetime. It means that in any given year one out of five have anxiety to the degree that it is a diagnosable disorder. Which means that a whole lot more of us are suffering from milder forms of anxiety.

Some of the more common types are:
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Many people have more than one, including many of my clients. I have seen all of these helped greatly by neurofeedback.

Psychotherapy can also help both by teaching coping techniques and by getting to underlying beliefs that create anxiety.  Un-worked through past traumas frequently generate anxiety. Counseling can help you get the past to stay in the past.

Medication can help, but the most commonly prescribed are benzodiazepines, which carry with them a number of side effects and risks, including addiction. You probably will recognize a number of the most common:  Xanax, Ativan, Librium, Klonopin and many more.

Benzodiazepines are also used to treat insomnia. This makes sense because anxiety is at the root of many people's problems with sleep.

Anxiety can be in your "wiring," both inherited and developed over time in response to circumstances. Neurofeedback can benefit both. For examples of this, read the Client Comments page of my website.

Please also comment here or email me. If you're not in the New York City area, you can look for a neurofeedback trainer from the Links page of the NYNF website.

Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
New York Neurofeedback

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