Depression is more than feeling sad. It is a debilitating mental health diagnosis affecting over 15 million Americans each year. Sufferers describe feeling loss of joy and energy, no interest in their life, low motivation, brain fog, self-harm behaviors, and suicidal thoughts. Poets have described it as a wet blanket covering their souls.
There are many different types of depression such as major depression, dysthymia (chronic low-level depression), adjustment disorder (seen in those struggling with life transitions), seasonal affective disorder (SAD), post-partum depression, and bi-polar depression (when depressive episodes swing to manic and often self-destructive behaviors). Depression is a case of genetics loading the gun and environment pulling the trigger. A brain is pre-wired for depression and stress sets it in motion.
Counseling sessions are one option for mild to moderate depression and has been found to be as effective as medication for many. Major depression typically requires psychopharmacological assistance to manage. Along with counseling and medication, neurofeedback is becoming more accepted as a treatment option.
We start by evaluating clients to see if they are safe to start neurofeedback, and then perform an initial map of the brain’s electrical activity. We identify the dominant brainwaves to determine neurofeedback protocols and then target those areas, typically the frontal and temporal areas of the brain that are usually associated with depression. Using neurofeedback, you’ll be teaching your own brain to naturally increase blood flow and change its electrical activity. We have had impressive results with most of our clients struggling with depression.