Level 4: Efficacious “Multiple case studies have demonstrated clinically significant outcomes with carefully screened and thoroughly assessed participants for various forms of anxiety related disorders.”
Evidence-Based Practice in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback (2008)
Carolyn Yucha, PhD & Doile Montgomery, PhD
Everyone experiences anxiety at times. Many people feel anxious when faced with work-related problems, public speaking, taking a test, or making an important decision. Anxiety disorders are different. They are chronic conditions that interfere with a person's ability to lead a normal life. Genetics, brain chemistry, trauma, and environmental stressors can be contributing factors. Regardless of cause, anxiety also involves a brain that is unable to calm itself because it produces an excess of brain wave activity in the high beta range.
Neurofeedback training is effective in stabilizing and strengthening the brain's ability to regulate and calm itself, and helps restore the brain to a more normal level of functioning without the side effects of anti-anxiety medications. By retraining and improving the brain's ability to produce calmer brain waves, the person strengthens their emotional resiliancy, which allows them to respond and adapt to the challenges of everyday life in a more balanced and stable fashion. Research indicates that neurofeedback training has been successful in addressing performance anxiety, phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder.