The International Society for Neurofeedback and Research has published the results of a research conducted on the effects of heart rate variability (HVR) and neurofeedback on anxiety and depression. The study found that there is a robust effect of the factors on the improvement of the symptoms of depression and anxiety. As per the study, the treatments can offer an effective and non-pharmaceutical way of reducing anxiety and depression symptoms for both children and adults.
The paper was published by a qualified group of medical and psychological scientists from Neuroscore and was led by Dr. Elyse K. White. It was dubbed “Combined Neurofeedback and Heart Rate Variability Training for Persons with Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety; A Retrospective Study”. According to the findings of the research, most people with the symptoms of pre-treatment anxiety and depression exhibited clinical improvements.
Neurofeedback is an artificial training of the brain providing it with information about its own activity which is detected by EEG and then fed back to the brain by auditory and visual cues. According to the paper, neurofeedback therapy provides clinicians with the resounding ability for modification and optimization of atypical brain wave activity for people with psychiatric conditions. Therefore, neurofeedback can become an effective way of treatment in this field.
The research was conducted on 334 participants who clients of Neuroscore Brain Performance Centers. This study involved a 30-session treatment program which started on 15th October 2015 until 15th July 2016. The study was also based upon industry-standard psychological rating scale. 183 patients were characterized as likely to experience anxiety and or depression symptoms.
After thirty sessions, and with neurofeedback and HRV treatment, it was observed that 82.8% and 81.8%of the people with anxiety symptoms and depression symptoms respectively exhibited meaningful clinical improvements. These findings attest to Neuroscore’s neurofeedback and heart rate viability training as a feasible way of treating people with anxiety and depression.
Neuroscore Brain Performance Centers is an applied neuroscience center offering a range of services. They offer specialized data-driven brain assessments and training programs for both children and adults. The assessments are aimed at improving concentration, sleep, and management of stress.
The Center was founded in 2004. Since its founding, Neuroscore has expanded widely, with a national presence of nine Centers, especially in Michigan and Florida.