Neurofeedback for Emotions and Behavior
Balance. Simply put, the central nervous system likes balance and when it is not balanced, we do not "feel" or "perform" our best. Relaxing and managing stress often become very difficult for those who experience symptoms related to the central nervous system being out of balance and these are both crucial for supporting a healthy brain and body.
Neurofeedback training is often used to support the central nervous system in helping to regain balance. Its long-term results may support the brain’s ability to handle emotional processing, and the training can even be used in conjunction with other medications—with no contraindications.
Anxiety means different things to everyone. Some people suffer from physical symptoms of anxiety, while many others suffer from acute emotional symptoms. Anxiety can be unpredictable and exhausting. It affects our cognitive functioning and directly impacts our ability to learn, remember, and even sleep.
A structure deep in our limbic brain called the amygdala regulates our stress response to every type of incoming information. This could be information from our environment, a person, a feeling we have, or just about anything else. It all passes through this emotional control area, where the amygdala chooses either a “safe mode” or “fight and flight” response.
Sometimes, our brains can get stuck in that “fight and flight” stress response and inhibit other parts of the brain to make good choices and decisions. When our brain stays in a state of stress too long, it can have a hard time returning to normal functioning—even long after the threat is over. Fortunately, Neurofeedback training can help the brain to balance brain wave frequencies that are related to anxiety. Improved sleep, decreased sensitivity to environment and ability to handle stress are reported among those who use Neurofeedback for management of anxiety.
Outlook and Perception
Emotions play a major role in our behavior. How we feel influences how we act, as well as how we view ourselves and others. By reducing the amount of emotional reactivity we experience, our overall behavior and perception can begin to change.
When we are able to think and evaluate a situation or feeling before we react, we’re using our prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain connects to higher order emotional processing. With Neurofeedback training, we can practice settling our stress response and enabling our access to the prefrontal cortex to help us make better choices and decisions.
Outlook and perception are two areas that are greatly enhanced and reported by many people who use Neurofeedback training. When we are no longer fighting the stress response, our “thinking brain” can work to evaluate situations better. Thus, our mental clarity for outlook and perception are enhanced. By increasing flexibility and resilience in our brain, and balancing brain wave activity, we are better able to cope with the harmful effects of stress and our attitude and behavior naturally follow. Some of the most common reports from people who suffer from anxiety and/or depression state that Neurofeedback training has helped advance their maturity, awareness, self-expression, self-advocacy, and ability to cope with stress.