Anxiety Specialist
Anxiety disorders can take many forms, but the symptoms, including pervasive feelings of fear and worry, are common to all. At the Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine, Dr. Velkoff and his clinical team use biofeedback, brain map guided neurofeedback and other non-invasive methods to help patients at both Irvine and Northridge, California locations, achieve long-term relief for anxiety and its symptoms without turning to potentially habit forming drugs with their potential side effects.

Anxiety Q & A

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What are anxiety disorders?

Feeling anxious is an experience common to everyone, but for most people, those feelings are relatively short-lived with a specific cause and does not become chronic or debilitating. For people with anxiety disorders, feelings of fear, nervousness, worry and uneasiness - even panic - are recurrent or chronic, and out of proportion to any real danger or threat. And can literally dominate the individual.

Anxiety disorders can cause panic attacks as well as a host of medical problems, and they take a toll on everyday living and quality of life. The most common anxiety disorder is general anxiety disorder, a condition marked by regular bouts of fear and anxiousness, and excessive worry. But sometimes, an anxiety disorder can have a more specific cause. Some common specific anxiety disorders include social anxiety, agoraphobia, and separation anxiety.

What are the symptoms of anxiety disorders?

Although anxiety disorders may be triggered by different circumstances, they may include any of the following symptoms:

  • Feelings of fear or anxiousness that are out of proportion to the actual event
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Problems sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty focusing or concentrating
  • Panic attacks, which may be marked by dizziness or lightheadedness, rapid breathing, difficulty taking deep breaths, or rapid heartbeats

People who have anxiety disorders may also develop trouble sleeping, digestive problems and bowel disorders, chronic headaches, or high blood pressure (hypertension). Chronic anxiety can also weaken immune system function, making people more prone to illnesses. Many people who suffer from anxiety disorders also suffer from depression.

How does the Institute help patients overcome their anxiety symptoms?

Treatment begins with a comprehensive evaluation including measurements of muscle tension, sweat gland activity (galvanic skin response), skin temperature, heart rate variability, and brainwave activity to understand the patient’s individual physiological responses linked to stress and anxiety. Quantitative EEG brain mapping provides a “window into brain functioning” for linking anxiety to the abnormal brain activity so each treatment plan can be customized for the patient’s own needs and treatment objectives. Then a tailored therapeutic program of biofeedback and brain map guided neurofeedback is used to help patients reduce tension patterns and anxiety naturally, by reducing elevated physiological tension levels and improving brain wave activity. Life changing results can be produced by the patients themselves without medications.

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