Neurofeedback for Anxiety & Obsession

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What is Anxiety and Obsession?

Occasional anxiety is not unusual or abnormal. Everyone worries about different issues from time to time. However, individuals with anxiety disorders experience extreme worry and tension even when there is little or nothing to worry about. Anxiety disorder makes person unable to control feelings of nervousness and difficulty in focusing on work and daily activities.

Anxiety may also manifest as obsession. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, OCD, is an anxiety disorder and is described by repeated, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Repetitive behaviors such as hand washing, counting, checking, or cleaning are often performed with the hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away. Performing these so-called “rituals,” however, provides only temporary relief, and not performing them considerably increases anxiety.

Symptoms of Anxiety & obsession disorders:

Anxiety Disorder develops gradually and individuals with this condition can have the following symptoms:

  • Excessive worrying about unimportant things
  • Feeling unmotivated
  • Inability to control worries or nervousness
  • Restlessness or inability to relax
  • Trouble with concentrating
  • Easily frightened
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Persistent fatigue or tiredness
  • Unexplained aches and pains
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Benefits of Neurofeedback for Anxiety and Obsession

People who have anxiety disorder usually have excessive fast brainwave patterns, even when there is no task to do. Dominance of the fast brainwaves causes difficulty in relaxing and keeping calm. There might be also not enough brainwaves related to concentration and alertness.

During the assessment session, as a first step, I will look into your brain function and find out what brainwave patterns causes your symptoms.

Throughout your Neurofeedback sessions, with a personalized training program, your brain will learn how to generate correct brainwaves in order to improve the brain harmony and balance which will lead to improvement of the Anxiety symptoms.

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