Anxiety can set you back from achieving in several areas of your life, including your career, hobbies, education, and social life. At San Diego Neurofeedback in La Mesa, California, neurofeedback therapist and educational psychologist Linda Nerenberg, MS, LEP, BCN, offers solutions to ease your worries and your mind and improve your daily life and general wellness. Discover how neurofeedback can relieve anxiety for you or your child.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a feeling of nervousness, unease, or worry usually associated with an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. Occasional anxiety is normal, but anxiety that’s recurring and persistent could be the sign of an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders involve intense, excessive, and regular worry and fear surrounding everyday situations. You might have repeated episodes of intense anxiety and a terror or fear that increases significantly within a matter of minutes. This is called a panic attack.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

Symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Feeling restless, nervous, or tense
  • A feeling of panic or a sense of impending danger
  • Increased heart rate
  • Rapid breathing (hyperventilation)
  • Sweating and trembling
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Cognitive impairment and lack of focus
  • Avoidance of situations

If you have anxiety, you may choose to avoid situations that could lead to your feelings of anxiety.

What causes anxiety?

The cause of anxiety isn’t entirely understood. Certain life experiences like traumatic events can start anxiety disorders in people who are more susceptible.

In many cases, underlying medical conditions can be associated with anxiety, such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Genetics
  • Thyroid complications
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Drug misuse or withdrawal
  • Chronic pain
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

What treatments are available for anxiety?

To manage your anxiety, Linda might suggest effective treatment methods like neurofeedback and healthy lifestyle changes.

Lifestyle changes

The right lifestyle changes can have a positive impact on your overall wellness, health, and mindset. Linda might recommend stress management tools, regular exercise, and a balanced nutrient-dense diet.


With neurofeedback, your brain waves are electrically monitored and reflected on the computer screen as you play a video game. When your brain nears a more relaxed state, you’re rewarded with a positive response on the screen.

Over time, this trains your brain to focus, exercise, and acquire more control over your thoughts and this specific brain area and function.

Linda can ease anxiety and provides successful coping strategies for adults and children alike. Click here to book online.