Biofeedback and Anxiety States

  • Mélinée Agathon
  • Jean Bernard Mazel


Insofar there had not been much evidence that electromyographic biofeedback (EMG BFB) has an effect on general anxiety in non-clinical populations such as dental phobics (Miller et al., 1975) in which various methods of relaxation have the same effect as BFB on the sedation of anxiety, flight phobics (Reeves and Mealia, 1975) and test anxious students (Romano and Cabianca, 1978). In controlled studies BFB did not reduce anxiety more then did relaxation (Leboeuf and Lodge, 1980) although it had more effect than placebo. Burish (1981) comes to the conclusion that EMG BFB is an alternate, not a superior, method of treating people with anxiety disorders and that it is not demonstrated that its effect is superior to placebo.


Anxiety State Panic Attack Biofeedback Training Muscular Tension Chronic Anxiety 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mélinée Agathon
    • 1
  • Jean Bernard Mazel
    • 1
  1. 1.Clinique des Maladies Mentales et de L’EncéphaleParisFrance

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