15 Small Steps You Can Take Today to Improve Anxiety Symptoms

Originally found on https://psychcentral.com/lib/15-small-steps-you-can-take-today-to-improve-anxiety-symptoms/ “Anxiety is a normal, predictable part of life,” said Tom Corboy, MFT, the founder and executive director of the OCD Center of Los Angeles, and co-author of the upcoming book The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD. However, “people with an anxiety disorder are essentially phobic about the feeling state of anxiety.” And they’ll go to great…

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How Sleep Helps Clean Your Brain

Originally found on http://www.care2.com/greenliving/how-sleep-helps-clean-your-brain.html In addition to the many other health benefits of sleep, it’s been shown sleep plays a role in detoxifying your brain. Researchers believe this may be one of the primary reasons why we need to sleep. Read on to find out why this is important for your health and how you can improve…

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More Evidence Aerobic Exercise Improves Brain Functioning

Originally found on http://www.brainsinternational.com/index.cfm/blog/more-evidence-aerobic-exercise-improves-brain-functioning/ Research suggesting that aerobic exercise improves mood and brain functioning continues to mount. One recent study found that 30 minutes of walking on a treadmill for 10 consecutive days could lead to a clinically significant improvement in mood. This study was among many that were reviewed in a recent article in Science…

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Analyzing brain patterns may help scientists increase people’s confidence, reduce fear

Originally found on http://www.brainsinternational.com/index.cfm/blog/fmri-neurofeedback-used-to-increase-confidence-and-decrease-fear/ What does confidence look like in the brain? Is it possible to directly train confidence? Researchers at UCLA investigated the use of fMRI neurofeedback to increase confidence and decrease fear. Researchers decoded intricate patterns of brain activity associated with confidence and fear. Neurofeedback was then used to reward the brain activity patterns,…

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Pentagon’s Brain-Powered Videogames Might Treat PTSD

Originally found on http://www.brainsinternational.com/index.cfm/blog/pentagons-brain-powered-video-games-might-treat-ptsd/ Could neurofeedback effectively treat PTSD in veterans or is the reductions of symptoms the result of the placebo effect? Researchers at the Naval Academy in San Diego announced plans for an upcoming clinical trial comparing neurofeedback treatment to a controlled procedure in a sample of 80 patients. Wired discussed the study in a…

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Brain-imaging technique helps people control emotions using amygdala feedback

Originally found on http://newatlas.com/brain-imaging-amygdala-neurofeedback/45373/ Although stress-related disorders can be treated with medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and benzodiazepines, unwanted side effects and the risk of dependency make them more ideal for patients that don’t respond to other available treatments. One such treatment is neurofeedback, a process that uses an auditory or visual…

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Neurofeedback Increases Affection, Build Empathy

Originally found on http://www.brainsinternational.com/index.cfm/blog/neurofeedback-increases-affection-builds-empathy/ Could neurofeedback improve “tenderness” or empathy? Researchers from the D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR) and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro investigated the impact of fMRI neurofeedback on affiliative emotion. They found that, compared to a control group, participants who underwent fMRI neurofeedback showed significantly greater brain activity related…

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7 Ways to Manage Stress

Originally found on http://www.consumerreports.org/mental-health/ways-to-manage-stress/ Last summer an American Psychological Association survey found that our overall stress levels were going down—part of an encour­ag­ing nation­wide trend. But a follow-­­up survey in early January showed a troubling change, according to psychologist Vaile Wright, Ph.D., director of research and special projects at the APA. “We saw the first…

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Reconditioning the brain to overcome fear

Originally found on https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/uoc-rtb111816.php Researchers have discovered a way to remove specific fears from the brain, using a combination of artificial intelligence and brain scanning technology. Their technique, published in the inaugural edition of Nature Human Behaviour, could lead to a new way of treating patients with conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and…

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Promising anxiety treatment awaiting acceptance

Originally found on http://www.houstonchronicle.com/life/article/Promising-anxiety-treatment-awaiting-acceptance-8325136.php At his private clinic near Greenway Plaza, Steve Cochran practices one of the most promising therapies you’ve likely never heard of. He specializes in neurofeedback, a technique designed to make a person calmer and more focused. Clients, who fly in from as far as California, come to the Neurotherapy Center of…

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