Treating Anxiety Related Disorders with Neurofeedback

Getting nervous or anxious is so common that nearly everyone will experience it at some time in their life. However, when anxiety is so severe or frequent that it begins to interfere with one’s life, it should be evaluated for the cause. Our providers diagnose and treat patients with anxiety regularly. In today’s post, we review some common symptoms and causes of anxiety along with a lesser-known treatment option: neurofeedback.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety related disorders are the most common mental health disorders in the US, comprising an estimated 40 million adults. The following are a partial list of some of the more common early symptoms:

  • A worrisome nature
  • Sleeping difficulty
  • Irrational Fears
  • Self consciousness
  • Stomach problems
  • Tight muscles
  • Rapid breathing/pulse
  • Self doubt

Diagnosing Anxiety

There are many helpful questionnaires that can assist one in determining if they have anxiety. Whenever possible, I like to use a test called Qualitative Electroencephalography (QEEG) to help me identify anxiety in my patients. QEEG is a painless, non-invasive test that measures the electrical activity in the brain at 19 locations. Much like an EKG for the heart, abnormal patterns can be identified. The QEEG pattern most associated with anxiety is too much beta wave in the right hemisphere of the brain.

Common Causes

It is critical that one understands that anxiety is simply a description of a mood or feeling. The first thing one should think when they are told they have anxiety is “but why?” Besides an imbalance in the electrical activity of the brain (QEEG) some of the common underlying causes include:

  • Thyroid disorders
  • Sugar imbalances
  • Heart disease
  • Stressful lifestyle
  • Lung disorders
  • Food sensitivities
  • Digestive problems
  • Traumatic events
  • Inherited tendencies

Treatment Options

Whenever possible, I assist the patient by correcting the possible above underlying causes. In many cases, this involves retraining the brain imbalance with neurofeedback if the QEEG is abnormal. I have found neurofeedback to be highly effective for most types of anxiety. It is a noninvasive treatment option with no concerns for side effects that are often seen with traditional approaches to treatment involving medications. My treatment plan may also include lab testing, nutritional supplements, herbal remedies, dietary modifications, and other approaches. I make referrals to mental health professionals as appropriate. I prescribe medications as a last resort.

If you or someone you know may have anxiety, schedule an appointment. My team will provide our “anxiety relief” consultation at no charge to see if you are a candidate for our program.

Tiffany Watson, CNP

Tiffany Watson, CNP

Cancer Associated with Being Overweight and Obese

It is has been known for some time that being overweight has an impact on and is related to developing conditions like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. In October, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a study showing that being overweight or obese gives one a greater chance of getting 13 different types of cancer.

The CDC was able to make a statistical analysis of cancer and overweight/obesity trends between the years 2005 and 2014. Here’s what they found:

  • Being overweight or obese is associated with increased risk of 13 different types of cancer.
  • Overweight and obesity related cancer accounted for 40% of all cancers diagnosed in 2014.
  • About 55% of cancers diagnosed in women and 24% of those diagnosed in men are related to being overweight or obese.
  • The incidence of overweight and obesity related cancers increased significantly in adults during the 2005-2014 period.

The list of cancers includes cancer of: breast, colon, kidney, endometrium, thyroid, pancreas, multiple myeloma, ovary, esophagus, stomach, gallbladder and meningioma.

The definition of overweight was a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 24.9.

As part of our regular care at Team Health Care Clinic we conduct an evaluation of body composition, including BMI. Our providers educate patients and work with them to incorporate healthy diets into their lifestyles. Of particular usefulness when it comes to weight loss is the Transformation 360 diet. It a guided diet that includes nutrient supplementation and will get someone into ketosis. Ketosis is the state of burning fat and not carbohydrates for energy. It is an effective and safe way to lose weight.

Maintaining the proper weight is critical for maintaining good health. If you are stuck or don’t know what to do about your diet, contact us. We are proud to offer safe and effective weight loss options to patients in Champlin, Coon Rapids, Anoka, Maple Grove and surrounding communities.

Tim Bertsch, DC