Panic Attack (Neurofeedback Therapy)
The cause of most panic attacks is not clear, so treatment may be different for each person. Medication is used for prevention and/or immediate alleviation of symptoms. In addition, psychotherapy such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and neurofeedback, relaxation, and/or meditation are often used to help relax the body and relieve anxiety.
If you’re in the middle of a panic attack, immediate relief of anxiety symptoms can come from taking a sedative type anti-anxiety medication.
These drugs are provided at least at the beginning of medical therapy but are not for long-term use.
Therapy for Panic Attack
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) helps people learn to deal with panic symptoms by teaching them to recognize that their sense that something terrible is about to happen is actually an irrational thought or belief – a false alarm.
CBT gradually exposes and desensitizes people to situations that trigger feelings of anxiety and panic, which can also trigger physical symptoms including the sense that you are having a heart attack or going crazy.
Complementary, Neurofeedback is probably the most effective, non-invasive, pain-free and drug-free way to deal with panic attacks available today.
The main reason being is that there are absolutely no medications being used and therefore the patient becomes empowered to make and sustain the changes, thereby becoming more prepared to handle and cope with the next round of life.
Neurobiofeedback is useful principally with various anxiety states which can be worsened by stressful situations.
When the person is challenged to perform in some way, the brain reacts by overly heightened vigilance that actually undermines its own ability to function well.
This problem can compound itself, as the person becomes anxious, observes himself or herself becoming anxious, and becomes even more anxious.
At a time of future challenges, the anxiety response can be more readily kindled because of the memory of earlier failure to perform. The result is panic and/or anxiety.
Once anxiety becomes familiar to you, it is difficult to make a conscious change, as we are creatures of habit.
The good news is that this condition is highly responsive to brainwave training.
By challenging the brain to regulate itself better, it subsequently also functions better under life’s normal (and unusual) challenges.
Once the brain has been trained to self-regulate the mechanism by which it gears up for the challenges it faces (the regulation of physiological arousal), then the brain is no longer as vulnerable to the downward spiral of anxiety.
In other words, once you learn how to ride the bike, without the fear of falling, you no longer fear to fall, thus getting out of your own way and riding the bike.