Depression is a mental health condition characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of enjoyment in previously enjoyable activities. Conventionally, depression is treated with a combination of medication and cognitive therapy, aimed at breaking negative thought patterns. However, this traditional approach does not always result in effective and lasting relief for all individuals with depression.
What does neurofeedback do with depression?
Neurofeedback therapy works by targeting the physiological activity in the brain associated with depression. The therapy aims to promote a shift in activity patterns, increasing activity in brain regions that support approach-oriented behavior and positive emotions, while reducing activity in areas associated with negative emotions and avoidance. By restoring a more balanced activity pattern in these regions through neurofeedback, individuals may experience a reduction or elimination of depressive symptoms.
Jeremy informed his teacher that all the teachers at his school have noticed a positive improvement in his performance and behavior. He is motivated, full of energy, and happily shares how much he enjoys school, both in class and at home.
The debilitating symptoms of my focus issues have significantly decreased. I highly recommend neurofeedback to anyone struggling with focus issues. I started my sessions in July and completed around 20 sessions until September, after which I gradually reduced them. The results have been truly transformative.
With neurofeedback, I now sleep deeply, and waking up is a breeze. After several sessions, I even stopped taking my medication. I’ve noticed a significant increase in my energy levels and my ability to tackle daily tasks with ease.
How do we train depression with neurofeedback?
In depression, there is often a decrease in the arousal levels in the frontal parts of the brain. These regions play a crucial role in regulating mood and maintaining a stable, positive outlook. When these areas are under-aroused, slower brain waves such as alpha or theta tend to dominate. Neurofeedback therapy addresses this issue by targeting and reducing excessive slow wave activity in the frontal regions of the brain, leading to improvements in mood and a recovery from depression.
Are the effects lasting?
Studies have demonstrated that the benefits of neurofeedback therapy for individuals with ADHD are long-lasting. This is supported by our clinical experience, which has shown that neurofeedback can be similarly effective in treating other conditions such as depression. By using neurofeedback to target specific physiological changes in the brain, individuals may experience lasting improvements in their symptoms and well-being.