Neurofeedback therapy for the psychological sequelae of COVID

The COVID-19 crisis is still present in the lives of many people who see how this disease has affected them psychologically. And it is that beyond prolonged or chronic COVID cases, it is also possible to have overcome the effects of the virus but, at the same time, to continue to suffer the consequences that this experience has had on mental health. .

Fortunately, there are psychotherapeutic intervention methods capable of helping to overcome this type of discomfort. For instance, neurofeedback, which can be applied to the psychological consequences of COVID; in this article we will see how it is done.

Psychological effects of COVID-19

Many psychological changes related to the passage of the coronavirus in our lives continue to significantly affect the mental health of millions of people, and although not everyone has experienced the COVID-19 pandemic in the same way, we let’s summarize today the most common ones (even if it is not necessary to do them all at the same time).

1. Generalized fears and anxiety issues

Some of the fears that many people have had since the start of the pandemic and the health and social crisis they continue to affect their mental health and psychological well-being.

Among the most common fears, we find the fear of infecting ourselves or contaminating our loved ones, the fear that the COVID-19 crisis will last for a long time, the fear of losing one’s job, an economic crisis or discomfort due to uncertainty of the future

2. Psychological exhaustion

Psychological exhaustion is one of the most common symptoms in society in general and one of the most difficult to identify, due to its subtlety and sometimes even the person who suffers from it is not aware of it. It is caused by the wear and tear generated by this prolonged exposure to anxiety and stress.and gives rise to difficulties in concentrating and getting involved in activities that are relatively complex or that require a certain investment of energy.

3. Obsession with own health

Another of the main psychological effects that many people around the world have experienced with the COVID-19 pandemic is the development of an obsession with their own health and that of their loved ones.

This phenomenon is characterized by constant checks and visits to the doctor, frequent research of medical information on the Internet and careful observation at all times of the symptoms that the person may believe they have in relation to COVID-19.

The sickening obsession with being healthy and not contracting the new disease is something that may have developed gradually over these two years in which traumatic situations have been experienced in many homes and during which we have all been under a lot of pressure.

This obsession with one’s own health persists in many people who may have developed it all types of anxiety- or obsessive-type psychological disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder or hypochondriasis.

4. Obsession with security measures

The obsession with one’s own health and the fear of contagion are also often accompanied by another type of daily obsession in many people: the obsession with security measures and anti-covid health protocols.

After two years of the pandemic, citizens have constantly received information and behavioral guidelines on how to avoid contracting the new disease and some people with obsessive profiles may have settled into a constant obsession with these measures.

Permanent hand washing, the use of hydroalcoholic gel, safety distance and room ventilation were useful measures in the hardest times of the pandemic, but many of them are no longer necessary on a daily basis. .

5. Social Isolation

As noted, COVID-19 has had a different effect on each person; however, many have experienced a gradual trend towards social isolation and realizing fewer and fewer social activities, in groups and even as a couple.

This can be linked, again, to a pathology or a psychological tendency that a shy or introverted person could have before the pandemic, since confinement has been a great catalyst in the development of said social isolation.

Many people have coped with the fear, insecurity and uncertainty of the disease by locking themselves in their homes and building physical and emotional barriers around them to protect themselves and their loved ones.

How is neurofeedback used to treat the psychological consequences of COVID-19?

Neurofeedback is an intervention modality that combines aspects of psychotherapy and neurologyalthough its application is completely painless and does not involve the introduction of elements into the body.

Its effectiveness lies in its simplicity: at its core, it consists of making the person aware of their brain activity patterns in real time, thanks to neuroimaging technologies (for which sensors are applied to the head). In this way, the patient can learn to become familiar with the brain responses associated with their emotions and their states of stress and anxiety, which key to knowing how to regulate these psychological phenomena.

Thanks to these sessions, it is easier for the person to check how they can manage their internal processes and to quickly detect which “mental pathways” are counterproductive in the face of phenomena such as dysfunctional fear, excessive anxiety, etc

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