according to the american institute of stress, between 75-90% of visits to primary care result from stress-related conditions, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, cardiovascular disorders, headaches, hypertension, chronic pain, and obesity. when an individual is stressed, both the central nervous system and the autonomic nervous system are activated, resulting in physical, mental, and emotional responses. these responses are known as the 'fight or flight' reaction, and occur as a natural defense mechanism to help the stressed individual remove themselves more rapidly from a potentially dangerous situation. due to emotional memory & the inability to self-regulate, individuals continue to function in this fight or flight mode even without a danger present.
there is a physiological basis to mental health conditions which consists imbalances found in both the brain and the body. biofeedback & neurofeedback measurements provide a visual representation of the internal states coinciding with mental health conditions. training with biofeedback & neurofeedback allows individuals to interact with and manipulate their physiology, further alleviating symptoms.
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