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.
Lyla P. Age 38, McLean, VA
I have suffered from depression for as long as I can remember. Since my neurofeedback treatments over 1 1/2 years ago, I have had fewer depressive episodes and am able to control my emotional state much better. My brain feels “clearer” and I don’t get as irritated by normal life events as I used to.
Anedi E. Age 38, Falls Church, VA
I have suffered from chronic migraines for the past fifteen years. In the past four years my migraines became a daily debilitating occurrence. I have seen five neurologists and have tried numerous medications. I found that the medications were more harmful than helpful and I did not have success in curing my migraines.
Then I heard about Dr. Deborah Stokes and her work in neurofeedback and specifically her work with migraine patients. Her diagnosis and treatment plan has helped me tremendously. I no longer have daily migraines. I even went seven weeks without one at all.I am a new person now because of neurofeedback. Thank you Dr. Stokes.
Lynne P. Arlington, VA
I was a skeptic. Yet, I couldn’t sleep without pills and was living my life in an anxious fog. One year after treatment, I have no trouble sleeping. I am focused, calm, and efficient in all aspects of my life. I’ve even lost 25 pounds! “Braintraining” turned my life around
*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.