22 Jun The Neuroscience of Anxiety and Stress
At Pathwaves, we look at mental health from a neurological perspective. While analyzing a client’s mental health status, we perform qEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalogram), which measures electrical activity in the brain in order to identify patterns.
After working with more than 2,000 patients, and reviewing more than 30,000 sessions and 1,000,000 minutes of brain wave data, we have identified an effective method of treatment for reducing anxiety and stress levels for our patients.
There are many different causes, forms and levels of excessive anxiety and stress. Our definition of the two are as follows: anxiety is any unwanted increase in nervous system energy, and stress is the physical effect and sensation of that anxiety, as well as the physical effects of all other activity.
A helpful analogy is that anxiety is keeping everything on your table, and stress is the impact and the tension caused by the weight of all those things on the table. Of course, there are normal levels of anxiety and stress. It’s the excessive levels which interrupt your ability to feel comfortable and enjoy living life the way you want and deserve.
How to handle excessive anxiety and stress may differ based on the different causes, forms and levels that the person is feeling. Evaluating anxiety from its root causes can help you avoid experiencing the anxiety and stress caused by that anxiety, now and in the future.
There are many different levels of the human psyche from which anxiety can emanate. For the purposes of this discussion, we will limit this to the six main areas of our psyche as identified through EEG brain map analysis: the slow cortical, delta, theta, alpha, beta and gamma brain wave frequency bands.
Imbalances, and or excessive energy, in any combination of these frequency bands can cause excessive anxiety. Depending on the imbalance combination, the anxiety will feel and manifest differently, which may require a different method to mitigate. Learning the origin and level of the anxiety greatly assists you in ending the suffering.
The Levels of The Mind Where Imbalances Cause Excessive Anxiety as Measured in Brain Waves and Shown in a Brain Map
Extremely Low Level Anxiety: anxiety that manifests physically or affects function, causing indigestion, sleep, eczema, fibromyalgia, Tourette’s syndrome, and other physical afflictions, focus and concentration issues, learning disabilities, phobias, obsession issues or compulsion issues. Indicated by imbalances and/or excessive energy in the slow cortical range of the brain map (.001 – .999 hz).
Low Level Anxiety: anxiety the manifests with hyper-vigilance and over-reaction at the sensory and or emotional levels, causing the problems described in the slow cortical range and creating excessive animal instincts reactions (fight/flight/freeze/panic). Low level emotions are processed in this range. Indicated by imbalances or excessive energy in the delta ranges of the brain map (1.0 – 3.0hz).
Mid Range Anxiety: anxiety that manifests in emotional responses and in interpersonal relationships in the areas of trust, safety, control, loyalty, commitment and behavioral issues (the most important interpersonal relationship is the one with ourselves). Indicated by excessive energy or imbalances in the theta regions of the brain map (3 – 7 hz).
SMR Anxiety: anxiety that manifests in physical overreactions such as allergies, eczema, ticks, spasms, immune system issues and hyper-active responses. Indicated by excessive or imbalanced energy levels in the SMR range (12 – 15 hz).
Mid to High Range Anxiety: anxiety that manifests in worry, anxiety, obsessive fear patterns, compulsive fear patterns, excessive and or prolonged emotional responses, confusion, misunderstanding, extremists behavior and many other behavioral issues. Indicated by excessive or imbalanced energies in the beta ranges (15hz – 40 hz). This range also shows the build up of stress due to the neurological imbalances in the other levels of the psyche.
High Range Anxiety: anxiety which manifests in disassociation (numbness) or mortality and levels of existence issues. Indicated by excessive or imbalanced energies in the gamma ranges (49 – 60 hz or 100 hz dep).
NeuroEmpowerment™ For Reducing Anxiety and Stress
Pathwaves is a unique center of healing and transformation that will guide you to a state of personal balance, self-awareness and confident control through NeuroEmpowerment™, a proprietary process which completely integrates psychological treatment with neural therapy.
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