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harlan
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   Posted 6/23/2008 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone been through Biofeedback?  Someone recommended it to me and I have an appointment today for a consultation.  Just trying to see what others think about it. 

IneedSerotoninStat
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   Posted 6/23/2008 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm actually scheduled for next week but it came highly recommended from a psychologist, a psychiatrist, and a patient so its worth a shot.

harlan
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   Posted 6/23/2008 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
It was highly recommended to me, too, so I am going for it. I had a consult today and really like her. Wednesday she is doing a brain scan on me to see where my problems are. I'm actually kinda excited about this. She said she's going to try something called Alpha-Theta Biofeedback. She also told me that if it's going to work on me, I will notice it after only one or two sessions. I'm very encouraged. I hope yours goes well.

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   Posted 6/23/2008 3:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Alright, Good luck. I'm sure we will keep eachother up to date.

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   Posted 6/23/2008 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   

Good Afternoon All,

Biofeedback is an alternative therapy that harnesses the power of mind-body medicine. With the use of electronic equipment, Biofeedback monitors your physical and emotional responses to stress such as brain activity, blood pressure, muscle tension and heart rate. Electrical sensors are applied to different parts of the body and monitor your body’s response to stress. The feedback given teaches the person how to control these states and balance them.
This mind–body therapy uses your mind to control your body enabling you to rely less on medication and possibly eliminating it altogether. With practice you can learn to relax quickly, handle stressful situations and learn to control your body’s reactions. With this non-invasive act of monitoring and minding your body you can undo and prevent the negative effects that chronic anxiety has on your physical and mental health.

Biofeedback and General Anxiety Disorder

Biofeedback training is especially useful in anxiety disorders such as GAD. The behavioral treatment includes relaxation techniques that are useful in helping people learn to deal with stress in a healthy way. Through practice, individuals are able to modify their stress responses and alter their mood. Studies show significant symptom reduction when the patient is willing to assume an active role in the behavior modification process, including home practice.
The mind and body connection made with Biofeedback therapy offers people a safe and drug free way to control their stress, fear and anxiety.

Most studies document improvement and significant symptom reduction in six to 12 sessions of biofeedback training,
 
I wish you both goodluck with the biofeedback modality of treating anxiety.
 
Keep us posted.
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harlan
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   Posted 6/23/2008 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Kitt. I have a variety of things going on right now, as you very well know, so if I can fix at least one of them with Biofeedback, I'm all for it!

alwaysanxious
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   Posted 6/24/2008 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
biofeed back is great ,i have done twice 2 years apart ,you have to keep doing the relaxation excercise up though ,after your sessions are over ,I have not been good about that ,but it helps a lot , good luck ,I am sure you will feel better after .

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   Posted 6/24/2008 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   

Great information here...........I do not remember seeing this topic on the forum before.

It is always good to know what options are available and how they have worked for members.

You guys do such a great job of supporting each other.........Keep it up.  I am proud to belong to this family.

Hugs

Kitt


 

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nyliz
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   Posted 6/24/2008 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Is biofeedback a common practice all over the country?? I am from Upstate NY and have never heard of this... is there anybody near me who has utilized this therapy before?

Liz

harlan
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   Posted 6/25/2008 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   

I certainly don't hear much about it.  In fact, I heard about it back around 1993 when it was offered to me and I haven't heard much about it since.  Not sure if other things are more popular or maybe it's too expensive?  I live in Texas and back in 1993 when I heard about it, I was in Texas then, too.  Not sure about other parts of the country.  I would like to think it's a nationwide thing but maybe bigger cities use it more?  Not sure.... 

 

 

percycat
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   Posted 6/25/2008 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   
All,

A friend's boyfriend in northwest Pennsylvania includes it in his chiropractic practice. For those who say you have to keep doing it even between appointments, I know that my friend has some kind of computer software that she uses to help structure her breathing exercises at home. I think there may be a free version of this type of software out there somewhere. Sorry I don't know how to track it down.

percycat

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   Posted 6/25/2008 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   

Harlan, IneedSerontoninStat (I love that!!),

I have never heard of bio-feedback before but I look forward to hearing how you both go with this. I wish you both much luck. It would be great if we could add something new to our arsenal against anxiety!

Kitt, thanks, as always, for such good information.

This is a great thread.


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harlan
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   Posted 6/26/2008 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow....I must say that it was very interesting yesterday. The doc hooked something on each earlobe and one on my scalp. She had me watch a video game and apparently, my brain makes the video stuff move. Once I got distracted, the game stopped. It was wild....had no idea that my brain was that sensitive - haha! They are doing the QEEG next Friday but I have another Biofeedback session on Monday. It was something I had never experienced before and I must say I was impressed. Not sure if it will help me but I at least have hope now.
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