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Neurofeedback and the Treatment of Depression

depression and neurofeedback

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, If you have been experiencing some of the following signs and symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks, you may be suffering from depression:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Moving or talking more slowly
  • Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight changes
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment

Traditionally, depression has been treated with therapy and medication. Therapy has significant efficacy problems and is often a lengthy process. Many medications can have undesirable side effects. Neurofeedback is increasingly being considered by a growing segment of the scientific community and the public to be an effective treatment for depression and mood disorders.

Neurofeedback- A Cutting Edge ADD/ ADHD Treatment

Neurofeedback To Treat ADHDNeurofeedback is a therapy that is being used to treat ADD/ ADHD. It works very well for children, as it is non-invasive and can often involve playing video games as a way to train the brain.

Neurofeedback is increasingly seen as an appealing alternative to medication to treat ADHD. The treatment is easy and painless, starting with electrodes being attached to the head and then to a computer. The images on the computer screen respond to brain activity. When the right kind of brain activity is demonstrated, something positive will happen on the computer, thus guiding the child or adult to balance their brain waves.

Balanced brain waves equal a reduction in symptoms, and a direct improvement of the quality of life of the patient.