“Our brains are programmable and we are the programmers.” From Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain” by Daniel Siegel, MD
Anxiety is the most common psychological condition. The great news is it is also the most effectively treated. I find practitioners like Dr. Paul Jenkins, Dr. Lissa Rankin, Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz, and Dr. Robert Leahy, to be spot on with their shared sentiment that the cause and cure for anxiety are the brain and mind respectively. Once clients learn the role of the brain (an organ in their body) and their mind (thoughts which are in their control) they have the tools to manage anxiety.
Anxiety is not always a bad state of being. It means you are thinking about risks and opportunities; however, when fear immobilizes goal progression, its time to do something different.
One drug free option is Neurofeedback and summer is the perfect time to do it. At Psychoeducational Network neurofeedback training for anxiety typically involves 17 to 20 daily one-hour sessions (Monday through Friday). Research and technology have advanced to allow neurotherapists to target specific areas of the brain responsible for an individual’s anxiety. Plus, it’s crazy fun to play video games with your mind. Look, Ma, no hands! Seriously, that is what neurofeedback treatment for ADHD and anxiety involves at Psychoeducational Network. Using an electroencephalograph to monitor brain waves and a system of positive reinforcement, clients learn how to train their brains to regulate anxiety. For more information, please check out neurofeedback videos at www.psychoeducationalnetwork.com.
For additional thoughts on anxiety, watch this brief video of our interview with Dr. Temple Grandin:
Temple Grandin on Anxiety
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