Biofeedback in the treatment of stress and anxiety-related disorders: a critical review

Biofeedback training has been utilized for the treatment of different pathological conditions, in particular those related to stress/anxiety. This study reviews the scientific literature from 2008 to 2012 about the subject "biofeedback, stress and anxiety", published in MEDLINE, LILACS and Web of Sciences, using as keywords "biofeedback", "anxiety", "stress", "psychology" and "biofeedback training". The results obtained showed that biofeedback training has been successfully employed as a therapeutic tool for the management of stress/anxiety in the different populations studied. Nevertheless, all of the studies found were performed outside Brazil, which suggests that biofeedback as a therapeutic tool has not been utilized in the country for some reason that deserves to be better investigated.

Biofeedback; Psychology; Anxiety; Stress; Anxiety disorders


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