San Diego Neurofeedback Therapy for Depression
Depression is not simply a short-term case of the blues. For some people, feelings of hopelessness and sadness grow into a deeper issue that permeates their entire life. They may develop depression, which is a mood disorder leading to psychological and physical problems.
Who is affected by depression?
Depression is a common mental health problem. In America, approximately 17.3 million individuals are impacted by depression. This represents more than 7% of the adult population. Women are twice as likely than men to experience a depressive episode.
How neurofeedback can help you overcome depression
Thrive Neurolab uses brain mapping, brain training, and qEEG to help pinpoint your type of depression to develop a personalized treatment plan for your needs. We can help determine if your medication is working at optimum levels.
Best of all, we can help you train your brain to produce healthier brain waves for a greater sense of well-being. Contact us today for an initial consultation.
Read on for additional information about depression:
Depression can happen throughout one’s life. However, current research suggests that the condition is increasing rapidly among teens and young adults. Approximately 36% of girls will experience clinical depression during their teen years compared to 13% of teen boys.
Some estimates suggest that over 60% of individuals struggling with depression will not seek out or receive appropriate treatment. This can have unfortunate consequences.
Clinical depression can hurt relationships, lead to substance abuse, and interfere with daily life and work. It can lead to a higher risk of certain medical conditions like heart disease. Sadly, depression is a leading cause of suicide.
Symptoms of depression
- Individuals with depression may experience any or all of these symptoms:
- Mood problems: anxiety, apathy, hopelessness, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, general discontent, guilt, mood swings, or sadness
- Behavioral issues: agitation, irritability, restlessness, excessive crying, or social isolation
- Sleep: insomnia, or restless sleep, early awakening, excess sleepiness,
- Whole-body: excessive hunger, fatigue, or loss of appetite
- Cognitive: lack of concentration, slowness in activity, or thoughts of suicide
- Weight: weight gain or weight loss
Diagnosing and treating depression with neurofeedback
Unfortunately, depression can be misdiagnosed as other mood disorders, ADD/ADHD, or issues such as dementia. An accurate diagnosis is crucial for effective treatment. Conventional treatment with antidepressants has improved many outcomes. Still, they don’t work for everyone. It is estimated that over 50% of adults taking an antidepressant do not experience improvement.
One reason for this is that psychiatry is now more about medication management that treating the whole person. But depression isn’t a simple or single disorder. Giving everybody the same treatment will never work.
Contact us today at Thrive Neurolab to learn just how effective neurofeedback can be at alleviating symptoms of depression. Improve your brain to improve your life. Don’t hesitate. Call now.