Anxiety Articles

What Causes Anxiety?

There are various factors that may cause anxiety disorders in a person. Some of them include medical factors, brain chemistry, genetics, substance abuse, environmental factors or a mix of these. Today, life has become so hectic and stressful that it can trigger anxiety disorders quite easily. Typically, anxiety is a reaction caused due to external forces. However, there is a possibility that some people feel anxious due to negative self-talk. Negativity and developing a habit of believing that the worst can happen is not good at all.

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How To Reduce Anxiety?

The feeling of anxiety can make you uncertain in certain situations. In fact, you may even end up doing certain undesirable things as a result of your anxiety. The temptation of focusing excessively on your future is too much to resist and you may even get entangled into endless what-if scenarios. Good news is that there are various techniques and ways to reduce your anxiety in an effective manner.

Here are some of the pertinent questions and their answers to help you in reducing your anxiety.

FocusBand NeuroLife for Performance Anxiety and Stress

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The Relationship between Stress and Anxiety, and how Meditation may Resolve the State

An anxious state of mind is not a pleasant mental state to find yourself in. Whether it be social anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, or any of the other variations of anxiety, they create a constant state of fear and helplessness in the affected individual. The relationship between stress and anxiety is especially interesting, in that they feed off of each other and create a self destructive cycle that works to make the anxious person suffer even more. Take for example, an individual with obsessive compulsive disorder who is anxious because on the way to work, they suddenly had the thought that they may have left open their front door. With the way unconscious habits operate, this is unlikely to be true. Yet they feel extreme stress and want to go home and check. Should they go home, they would be late for work and this creates further stress. It does not matter if they go home or to work, the anxiety and stress will continue to haunt them. Continue reading to see how Meditation helps anxiety and stress.

Anxiety can be reduced by NeuroFeedback brain training headset

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Depression and its Interactions with Meditation

Depression is a disorder that has the potential to destroy lives. Those suffering from the condition may lose the will to live, stop taking care of themselves and withdraw from society. Suicide is also attempted by those with depression, in fact, they are at a greater risk of ending their lives. Isolated, unsure of what is happening to them and yet unwilling to resolve the issue by virtue of their mental state – depression is an enemy that sticks close to your side, pretending to be your friend. For those suffering from this condition, every new day is a struggle to survive, simple getting out of bed can prove to be a huge challenge. Depending on the severity of the depression, the individual may completely isolate themselves, even from their loved ones.

NeuroFeedback Brain training anxiety solution

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Beyond Performance Sports Event

Beyond Performance Sports was launched August 19, 2017. Beyond Performance Sports is a blended training program leveraging a psychological skills training program (PST) such as self-efficacy and imagery can be integrated with neural feedback, HRV, meditation and breathing routines for player development. The blended training program integrates meditation and breathing programs to enable player to manage their cognitive and somatic anxiety and emotion regulation. The BPS program also incorporates a neural feedback technology called FocusBand

Here are the topics discussed by the BPS’ Team of Experts.

Beyond Performance Sports' Team of Expert

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Stress

In today’s fast and hectic world, stress has become a common phenomenon in everybody’s life. It can be defined as the way one feels and reacts while dealing with pressures and challenges. One can also experience stress at school, within relationships or at the workplace. People may also be stressed while they try to cope up with either financial or health-related matters. There can be an enormous variation while responding to stress from individual to individual. For some people being stressed can actually be a motivating factor in their lives. The feeling is known as stress where a person strives to work even harder and is more focused. For other people, stress can restrict his or her focus and increase mistakes.

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Performance Anxiety

People who suffer from performance anxiety are frequently stressed out and get easily exhausted. There are some who cannot even focus because of their internal concentration. Performance anxiety can be detected quite easily when a person appears to be nervous and fidgety. There are cases though when some people though going through performance anxiety may look calm outwardly. However, brains of these people are never calm. In fact, there is no end to their thoughts. There could be internal chatter on a continuous basis, which may even rob them from their existing quality of life and disrupt their sleep. These people do not dwell in present. Rather they are always worrying about what will happen in the future or live in their past.

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Can Anxiety be Treated

Anxiety treatment can be medically, with psychological counseling, or independently. Ultimately, the treatment path depends on the cause of the anxiety and the patient’s preferences. Often treatments will consist of a combination of psychotherapy, behavioral therapy, and medications.

A robust body of research documents that there are biological predispositions that often exist for depression, anxiety, and obsessive–compulsive disorder. However, new research has shown that medication is only mildly more effective than placebo in the treatment of these problems. In treating these conditions, neurofeedback (EEG biofeedback) may offer an alternative to invasive treatments such as medication, ECT, and intense levels of transcrancial magnetic stimulation. This paper reviews the neurofeedback literature with these problems, finding particularly positive research support for the treatment of anxiety disorders. New findings on the neurofeedback treatment of depression are presented.

Read the whole study here:

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/D_Hammond/publication/260309936_Hammond_JAdultDevelop/links/0c960530b7c7e1b038000000/Hammond-JAdultDevelop.pdf

Can Anxiety be minimised by Training The Brain?

Anxiety is usually a person’s response to stress. With Neurofeedback brain training, you learn to moderate your response to stress, to minimize anxiety and occurs less frequently.

Stress, can be:

  • Psychological
  • Physical
  • Dietary
  • Environmental sources, like loud noises.

Once a person’s brain gets locked into a pattern of anxiety, it can be difficult to break. For anxiety sufferers, learning how to modulate or turn off chronic stress responses is life changing.

Neurofeedback provides physiological assistance and helps people learn to change their responses to stress. With brain training, they can develop the skills they need to reduce or eliminate anxiety in their lives.

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