Neurofeedback with anxiety and affective disorders

Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2005 Jan;14(1):105-23, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2004.07.008.

Abstract

A robust body of neurophysiologic research is reviewed on functional brain abnormalities associated with depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. A review of more recent research finds that pharmacologic treatment may not be as effective as previously believed. A more recent neuroscience technology, electroencephalographic (EEG) biofeedback (neurofeedback), seems to hold promise as a methodology for retraining abnormal brain wave patterns. It has been associated with minimal side effects and is less invasive than other methods for addressing biologic brain disorders. Literature is reviewed on the use of neurofeedback with anxiety disorders, including posttraumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and with depression. Case examples are provided.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety Disorders / therapy*
  • Biofeedback, Psychology / methods*
  • Depressive Disorder / therapy*
  • Electroencephalography*
  • Humans
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder / therapy