of Anxiety &
Anxiety is often a symptom of a brain stuck producing too many fast brainwaves (overthinks, worries, and obsesses).
Depression is often a symptom of a brain stuck producing too many slow brainwaves (fatigue, no motivation, overwhelm).
An EEG brain map objectively identifies the physiological source of anxiety and/or depression.
EEG Neurofeedback has been shown to effectively address the physiology, which significantly reduces symptoms.
Anxiety & Depression Are Symptoms of a "Functionally Stuck" Brain
"I have referred many patients as well as my family members to the Brain Performance Center over the past 10 years for anxiety, depression, and insomnia with excellent results. From my experience, neurofeedback should be an essential part of any treatment since it addresses the brain dysfunction at the core of these disorders.
Daniel Johnston, M.D.
U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel (Retired)
Served as the Pentagon's Executive Medicine Physician
QEEG-guided neurofeedback treatment
for anxiety symptoms
This retrospective study intended to assess whether qEEG guided amplitude neurofeedback (NF) is a viable treatment for anxiety symptom reduction. Pre/post-assessments were given to the participants. Symptom assessments included the Zung Self-Rating Anxiety Scale and Achenbach (ASEBA) Adult Self Report (ASR). Results: The NF treatment group showed statistically significant improvements in all symptom assessments.
Jones, M. J., & Hitsman, H. (2018). QEEG-guided neurofeedback treatment for anxiety symptoms. NeuroRegulation, 5(3),85–92.
Neurofeedback with anxiety and affective disorders
"A robust body of neurophysiologic research is reviewed on functional brain abnormalities associated with depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. A review of more recent research finds that pharmacologic treatment may not be as effective as previously believed. A more recent neuroscience technology, electroencephalographic (EEG) biofeedback (neurofeedback), seems to hold promise as a methodology for retraining abnormal brain wave patterns".
Hammond DC. Neurofeedback with anxiety and affective disorders. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2005;14(1):105-vii. doi:10.1016/j.chc.2004.07.008
Combined Neurofeedback and HRV Training for Individuals with Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression
Results: After neurofeedback (NFB) + heart rate variability (HRV) training, symptoms of anxiety and depression were reduced in children and adults. The majority of individuals with pretreatment symptoms of anxiety (82.8%) or depression (81.1%) experienced ASEBA improvements of clinical importance.
Conclusion: We present evidence that NFB+HRV training may provide an effective, non-pharmaceutical intervention to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression in children and adults.
White, E. K., Groeneveld,K. M., Tittle,R. K., Bolhuis, N.A.,Martin,R.E.,Royer, T.G.,& Fotuhi, M. (2017). Combined neurofeedback and heart rate variability training for individuals withsymptoms of anxiety and depression: A retrospective study. NeuroRegulation, 4(1), 37–55.
Escolano C, Navarro-Gil M, Garcia-Campayo J, Congedo M, De Ridder D, Minguez J. A controlled study on the cognitive effect of alpha neurofeedback training in patients with major depressive disorder. Front Behav Neurosci. 2014;8:296. Published 2014 Sep 2. doi:10.3389/fnbeh.2014.00296
A controlled study on the cognitive effect of neurofeedback training in patients with major depressive disorder
Cognitive deficits are core symptoms of depression. This study aims to investigate whether neurofeedback (NF) training can improve working memory (WM) performance in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). The NF group showed increased performance as well as improved processing speed in a WM test after the training. These results show the effectiveness of this NF protocol in improving WM performance in patients with MDD.
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Watch this video to learn how an EEG Brain Map identifies the physiology causing the symptoms
About the Brain Performance Center
The Brain Performance Centers of Southern California are among the most technologically advanced neurofeedback facilities in the country. All EEG brain maps are processed using one of the largest and most research-based EEG normative databases. Our neurofeedback protocols are guided by neuroimaging, not solely by symptoms.
Our goal with every client is to improve the physiology that is causing the physical symptoms and/or is exacerbating undesired behaviors. Initial and post EEG brain mapping provides objective, measurable outcomes of your progress.
Organizations that have used our technology include: the Seattle Seahawks, the Brooklyn Nets, the Dallas Mavericks, the Colorado Rockies, the Red Bull High Performance Center, the U.S. Olympic Team, and the Department of Defense.
About the Director & Founder
Bryan D. Hixson
Dir. of Neuroscience
Bryan Hixson is one of the leading neuroscience experts in quantitative EEG brain mapping, neurocognitive testing, neurofeedback brain training, and nutritional cellular health.
Mr. Hixson is a brain health expert consultant for AARP's Staying Sharp platform, serving 38 million members. He is also the Director of Digital Brain Health for Sharecare/DoctorOz.com, the founder and director of the Brain Performance Centers of Southern California, and an EEG brain mapping contractor for the U.S. Army.
Additionally, Mr. Hixson is the co-founder of BrainSpan Laboratories, which is used by nearly 1,000 doctors nationwide. It is the most clinically validated functional and nutritional blood spot test available for optimizing brain health and lowering your risk of dementia.
Mr. Hixson’s brain performance companies have worked with nearly 1,000 pro, Olympic, and elite athletes.