Medications for anxiety and bipolar disorders are very problematic due to their side effects, compliance rates, and the consequences of taking them over a long period. They can cause a variety of troublesome or even dangerous side effects, including:
- Liver Toxicity
- Weight Gain
- Sexual Side Effects
- Feeling “flat and robotic”
- Brain Fog
- Panic Attacks
In turn, patients may be prescribed even more medications to counteract the side effects of the original one.
In addition, taking medications for anxiety or bipolar disorder over the long term can have very negative consequences.
Research supports the effectiveness of neurofeedback for anxiety and bipolar disorder.
Ed Hamlin, a neuropsychologist at the Pisgah Institute in North Carolina, reported an ongoing study of the use of neurofeedback in patients diagnosed as biopolar. Of the more than 40 patients studied, many had a history of being frequently hospitalized for bipolar disorder. Following neurofeedback training, patients were able to reduce medications and enjoy stability including increased daily functioning, improved relationships, better performance at work and school, and a dramatic reduction in hospitalizations. Some patients, who had been medicated for 20 years and told that they would be on medications for their entire lives, were able to safely become medication-free.
Neurofeedback intends to build stability by helping the brain learn and maintain healthier patterns.
As stability becomes the dominant pattern in the brain, most clients can begin to reduce neurofeedback training as well as medications (with their doctor’s supervision).
Content courtesy of www.aboutneurofeedback.com.
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