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
- 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.
How Does Neurofeedback treat Depression?
Neurofeedback works on the root of the problem, your brain or central processor, altering brain patterns over time that are affiliated with depression. We validate this with qEEG brain scans to objectively monitor progress. Neurofeedback works through a process called neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life.
In this case study, patients who were diagnosed with depression completed 27 sessions of neurofeedback. After completing neurofeedback, patients originally diagnosed as having depression reached the training criteria for the non-depressed range by the end of their initial training, and they have maintained their normal scores after a 5 year follow up.
In this pilot study a group of patients suffering from depression were treated with neurofeedback. After completing neurofeedback patients were better able to control and regulate their emotions, and the authors of the study also found that the specific depression protocol they used may also help facilitate left frontal lobe function. These changes were also maintained over time.
If you are suffering from depression or other mood-related disorders, schedule your qEEG brain scan today at the Wholeness Center in Fort Collins and get started training your brain to maintain a happy and calm mood.
Updated November 2019