The World Health Organization says STRESS has become a
A thorough stress-oriented face-to-face medical interview is currently the most practicable way to diagnose stress and its effects.
There is no specific test to diagnose stress. Typically, your healthcare professional conducts a variety of tests (which may include a personal and family health history, blood and urine tests and other assessments) to rule out various medical conditions.
Numerous studies and research papers are conducted on this topic. Some of the relevant ones are:
QEEG Biomarkers: Assessment and Selection of Special Operators and Improving Individual Performance
A quantitative EEG Normative Database (qEND) will function as the benchmark for screening, assessment, selection and even training of targeted individuals [who are] required to work effectively as operators under extreme stresses and for extended periods of time.
EEG Signals to Measure Mental Stress
EEG signals are rich in temporal resolution and [can] successfully be used to measure mental stress. This survey supplies information on EEG signals used in psychological studies to measure mental stress.
Table 2: EEG waveforms representation
|Delta||Less than 4 Hz||20 – 200 microVolt||Increased power during difficult conditions|
|Theta||4 – 8 Hz||Around 20 microVolt||Power increases during the stress|
|Alpha||8 – 12 Hz||20 – 200 microVolt||Power suppresses during the stress|
|Beta||13 – 30 Hz||5 – 10 microVolt||Power varies according to task difficulty|
Analysis of EEG signals during relaxation and mental stress condition using AR modeling techniques
Electroencephalography (EEG) is the most important tool to study brain behavior. This paper presents an integrated system that detects brain changes during relax and mental stress condition.
Stress disorders are treatable, and the vast majority of people with a stress disorder can be helped with professional care. Several standard approaches have proved effective:
Sessions with a therapist to lessen symptoms of stress.
NFB trains the brain to change the brainwave frequencies to get the desired result. Usually, NFB sessions are conducted 2-5 times a week for a total of 40-50 sessions. Each session lasts 30-60 minutes. This seems like a lengthy procedure, but the results are long-lasting. NFB is becoming increasingly popular as a stand-alone therapy or used in combination by a specialist to help wean the patient off pharmacological agents that tend to produce undesirable side-effects.
Biofeedback Intervention for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression among Graduate Students in Public Health Nursing
Results indicated that biofeedback intervention is effective in significantly reducing the levels of stress, anxiety, and depression over the 4-week period.
Waking QEEG to assess psychophysiological stress and alertness during simulated on-call conditions
Our aim was to determine whether quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG) would reflect changes in cortical activity in on-call conditions, predicting that the high-stress condition would display faster QEEG frequencies compared to the control and low-stress condition.
QEEG Analysis of Cranial Electrotherapy: A Pilot Study
After a single 20-minute treatment with CES there is a significant increase in alpha frequency activity and a significant decrease in delta and theta activity. The post treatment maps indicate the effect of single session cranial electrotherapy treatment (CES) on QEEG is congruent with the reports of the research volunteers of decreased anxiety and increased relaxation.
Some of the recent, modern electromagnetic techniques are TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) and PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) therapy. The use of electromagnetic therapy to alleviate many conditions have been used for over hundreds of years till the end of 19th century/ start of 20th century. Interest in it was subdued in the middle period of 20th century, but now the interest has again increased, as evidenced by increase in research and clinical studies in this field.
TMS equipment is costly, needs a clinical set-up and treats with current in the range of 1-2 Tesla. On the other hand, PEMF costs tremendously less, can be performed anywhere and anytime and the current used is in the range of 100-200 micro-tesla, significantly lower than TMS. This has led to popularity and preference for PEMF therapy, which is also used for other conditions like SLEEP (sleep disturbance), anxiety, depression, sleep improvement, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and meditation. The beneficial effects of PEMF are increasingly growing and gaining popularity because it is simple to use.
Mental Health: Stress, Anxiety, Depression and PEMF
PEMF has been found to be a very effective in the treatment of stress, anxiety and depression without the side effects that medications can cause. Rather than introducing foreign substances into the brain, PEMF electrically excites the neurons to dispense their own natural chemicals, helping to balance out deficiencies and restore normal brain function.
Effects of Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields (PEMFs) on Stress
Long term use of weak PEMFs may be able to remodel tissues that are hyper-reactive to chronic or acute stress so that over time they will be less reactive.
Alleviating Stress with PEMF
Research has shown that daily use of PEMF therapy can alter stress responses by acting directly on the nervous system, glands, cells, tissues, and organs.
The FDA (USA) accepted the use of PEMF devices
for the healing of depression and anxiety
(two major consequences of unhealthy stress) in 2006
You can select “Anti-Stress” mode or use “Create Therapy” mode to customize therapy for Stress on Bellabee software. This software can be used with any android or IOS device.
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