qEEG and Anxiety
We all struggle with moments of anxiety throughout our lives. Work, school, big decisions, and more can trigger anxiety. It is a common and normal response to stress. However, living with an anxiety disorder is a completely different situation. Those with anxiety disorders can experience panic, stress, worry, paranoia, fear, and more in even the calmest of moments. This can greatly impact and hinder someone’s life, affecting their job, school, work, and more. Thankfully, there is a way to successfully research and diagnose anxiety and bring the brain back to optimal health.
Brain mapping is exactly how it sounds. A brain map is a clear visual representation of the brain. This image is known as a qEEG (quantitative electroencephalogram), shows us how the brain is currently functioning and allows us to identify the strengths and weaknesses in the patient’s brain. Brain mapping reads the electrical activity in your brain and can assess what may be “misfiring”.
Brain maps give us important information that reveals what portions of our brain are not operating properly. qEEG scans can pinpoint and identify numerous issues such as:
- Head Injuries
- Memory Issues
- And more
qEEGS can also help predict:
- Difficulty paying attention
- Impulsive Behavior
- Poor Problem-Solving Skills
- And more
Brain mapping measures out 5 different kinds of brain waves.
Delta waves are essential for restoration and rejuvenation. These are low-frequency waves that occur when you are relaxing, meditating, or sleeping.
Theta waves are most often referred to as “drowsy meditative” waves. Similar to delta waves, theta waves occur when you are relaxed or sleeping. These waves however are more energetic and focused than delta waves.
Alpha waves appear when you are praying, reading, or journaling.
Beta waves are our alert and working waves. These waves appear when we are doing homework, thinking, working, or focusing on activities that require focus and creativity.
Gamma waves are crucial for cognitive functioning, memory, and learning.
Too much or not enough brain waves on a qEEG can indicate anxiety. For example, too many delta waves can hinder your brain from thinking properly. Yte not enough of these waves can stop you from resting and revitalizing.
Brain mapping can assist in easing symptoms of anxiety. Some of these methods include pinpointing abnormalities that regulate emotions and stress, as well as helping doctors retrain an anxious brain.
qEEGs can be an amazing and beneficial procedure, assisting doctors and psychiatrists in diagnosing and addressing anxiety disorders. If you feel that a qEEG might be the correct course of action for your mental wellbeing, contact Brainwave Center today to schedule a consultation.