Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Neurofeedback--An Anxiety Solution?

Anxiety sufferers have probably tried just about everything to conquer their panic and fears.

What about neurofeedback, would you try that?

I came across this article in the Wall Street Journal, which explained a bit about the process. You basically go into an MRI machine and then are told to think about different scenarios. I imagine your brain lights up differently when you're thinking about your worst phobia compared to your favorite memory as a child. Yes, Rainbow Bright time for my fellow 80s kids.

From there, I'm not sure what they do that "fixes" the negative aspect. The article says they try to disengage those seemingly negative thoughts that most depressed people feel--after all, when you're depressed you tend to attract to negative things. The science is fascinating, though.

There are other hurdles though--for most people, this is probably quite expensive. And if you're like I used to be, with a crippling phobia of doctors and medical spaces, I imagine getting into the room itself would be a huge struggle.

Still, it's cool to think that this exists. What do you think?!

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