Depression is more than being sad
Our therapist can help you learn to identify and address the underlying emotional, physical and social stressors that cause depression and related mood disorders, and when therapy isn’t enough on its own can help you get to a psychiatric provider for an evaluation for medication to help.
Affecting over 15 million Americans each year, depression is a mental state where someone feels a loss of joy, energy, interest in life, and motivation. Some describe it as simply feeling like a wet blanket has been draped over their soul. There are many different types of depression as well, such as major depression, dysthymia (chronic low level depression), adjustment disorder (typical caused by the stress of life transitions), season affective disorder (SAD), postpartum depression, and bi-polar disorder (depression on one side and manic behaviors on the other). Depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain, triggered by simple genetics or by environment. But whatever the cause, the way forward is to embrace life again.
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The lifetime prevalence of major depression is 20-26% for women and 8-12% for men. (Journal of the American Medical Association, 1996)
Depression is the cause of over two-thirds of the 30,000 reported suicides in the U.S. each year. (White House Conference on Mental Health, 1999)
Women are more likely to rehashing negative feelings, known as ruminating. This behavior may involve negative self-talk, tearfulness and self-blame. Men tend to distract themselves when feeling depressed, often turning to risky behaviors, such as gambling, smoking, unsafe sex or driving recklessly. Depression is also more likely to show up as anger and irritability in men and teenage boys.
Men with depression are more likely to abuse alcohol and other substances to numb out feelings before the development of clinical depression. Women tend to use substances after the onset of depression and co-morbid feelings of anxiety.
Men are more likely to commit suicide due to shame and guilt about having a mental health issues and avoiding treatment until the symptoms are more severe. They are also more likely to complete suicide than women.
Let us help you feel better soon by calling now. The neurofeedback therapists and other staff at The Better Brain Center can help you determine your next steps. Call us today at (833) 964-8483 x 0 or CLICK HERE to contact our Intake Coordinator.
Virginia Elgin, MD/ Pediatric Neurologist
I have been very impressed and delighted to see some of my more challenging patients with migraines who had been on a number of medications finally get relief by undergoing neurofeedback. I referred them to Dr. Stokes’ neurofeedback clinic because we were running out of conventional options. Neurofeedback is something more physicians need to add to a repertoired approach to migraines.
Parent Woodbridge, VA
Our adopted son threatened to break apart our family with his violent rages. He also had crippling fears and anxiety and could not fall asleep at night. Now after 4 months of training, we have a happier, calmer and more insightful child than we could have ever imagined. He is sleeping finally, has friends and seems happier in general. He is completely off the medications he was taking prior to neurofeedback. My entire family is so happy with the results that neurofeedback has provided that I am going to bring in my daughter soon to help her with her focus.
Parent Fairfax, VA
Before neurofeedback, I couldn’t get my son out of bed in the morning. He would sleep through the first 2 hours of school and not be able to remember his assignments. When he did complete them, he would forget to hand them in. Now he is waking up right after his alarm goes off and he is no longer sleeping or daydreaming in class. His grades have improved dramatically and his soccer coach wanted to know what he is doing since his performance and stamina has gotten so much better so quickly. We are so happy we found neurofeedback and Dr. Stokes.
*Mental health and neurofeedback treatment is not an exact science, therefore no guarantees can be made regarding the process or outcome of these services.
Individual results may vary.