Anxiety is compounded in the amygdala, located in the center of the limbic system, which is responsible for emotional regulation. The amygdala stores anxiety, and as a result, each time we experience this emotion it produces a stronger anxious state. Many times people have experienced anxiety in utero causing anxious states to be present from the day they were born. In some cases, life experiences increase the anxiety. Either way, as we age, our brain waves become dysregulated and anxious states become more and more severe, eventually affecting our ability to respond rationally without becoming emotionally engaged. Anxiety also has a large impact on memory, concentration, blood pressure and sleep.
Neurofeedback helps regulate the compounded anxiety stored in the amygdala, allowing our minds to return to a normal and calm state, along with our body behavior.
Depression in large part is caused by a lack of serotonin in the body. There are many reasons why the brain does not send out a sufficient amount of this important neurotransmitter. Doctors today often prescribe SSRI’s. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors help prolong the life of serotonin in the synaptic cleft. This can be effective at treating the symptoms of depression.
Neurofeedback addresses the cause of depression by retraining dysregulated brain waves responsible for depression. We have found treating causes rather than symptoms a far more effective way to minimize depression.