Neurofeedback May Improve Overactive Stress Response

Eight sessions of neurofeedback have eliminated my chronic bouts of prolonged fight or flight. This was a lingering but significant challenge after focusing on healing from profound grief. I was desperate to find a permanent solution for my poorly performing nervous system because I noticed anxiety affecting my physical health. After neurofeedback, I feel like I used to before my overactive stress response had an unnecessary negative effect on my well-being. 

Even though my mind knew my body was not performing naturally, and I had many recovery tools, I felt my prolonged anxiety happened too often. The smallest negative incident could trigger painful physical responses.

Anxiety Physical Responses

  • Difficulty thinking
  • Heart racing
  • High blood pressure
  • Panic
  • Shaking
  • Stomach ache
  • Sweating 

Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback that measures brain waves to produce a signal used as feedback to teach self-regulation of brain function. It’s like computer-aided meditation. Neurofeedback is commonly provided using sound, with positive feedback for desired brain activity and negative feedback for brain activity that is undesirable.

During a feedback session, five electrodes were placed on my head with a little conductive lotion. I listened with headphones to peaceful music that sometimes included soothing aboriginal chanting. Whenever my brain was in a repeated pattern as it would be with anxiety, a low volume click was played which showed my brain it could get unstuck.

Other than feeling tired after the first session, which I am not sure had anything to do with the neurofeedback, I felt no side effects during any session. I found them to be relaxing.

On my way to the fourth session, I was pulled over for speeding. I immediately noticed my anxiety trigger and then subside as the police officer walked up to my car door window. Instead of feeling overwhelmed for hours or days, I was calm. It felt like a miracle. In the months to follow, I had no prolonged negative feelings about events like my annual eye exam, a speaking engagement, when I sprained my hip, or after our carbon monoxide detector alarm sounded.

An unexpected experience was that I found it easier for my feelings to surface since I wasn’t distracted by an overactive stress response. I was able to lovingly embrace sadness and felt better. I am thankful that I can now feel all my emotions right away.

Each of the eight neurofeedback sessions were $65. All individual patient results vary. For me, the total $520 felt like an incredible investment in myself because my peaceful neurological system is priceless

Positive results are also seen for those who suffer from a variety of problems. It’s a simple procedure that can have amazing results. Share this information with those you know are struggling.

Neurofeedback May Improve

  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Brain injury
  • Insomnia
  • Memory Loss
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Negative effects of chemotherapy

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.