depression treatmentDepression is a disorder of the brain, treating depression means treating the brain. Many areas of the brain appear to be involved in depression, including the frontal lobes and parts of the limbic system, including the cingulate gyrus.

There is substantial research evidence supporting the neurophysiological basis for depression, especially if you have a family history of depression.  Neuroscientists have identified the brainwave pattern associated with the biological predisposition for developing depression.  The pattern is evident when utilizing the QEEG. The QEEG, brain map, shows what areas of the brain are in a dys-regulated state.

The left frontal area of the brain is associated with positive emotions and approach motivation, which is a desire to be involved with other people.  The right frontal area is  associated with depression and fear, accompanied by motivation to withdraw from and avoid other people.  When there is over activation of slow wave in the left frontal area this creates an imbalance and the right frontal area becomes more dominant producing fear and withdrawal from other people.  If your brain has too much slow wave left frontal you will become depressed easily, withdraw from other people and may be anxious.

People who suffer from depression typically seek counseling and/or medication to treat the disorder. For many years medication has been the first line of treatment for depression. By 2008, antidepressants had become the third most common prescription drug in America. However, during the last decade, various studies have questioned the effectiveness of some of these wonder drugs, noting their modest edge over placebos. Some doctors have begun speaking out, saying they felt these drugs were over hyped and over prescribed.  Read what the New York Times reports on the science and history of treatment of depression.

Alternative therapies are sorely needed. People for whom medication has not been effective suffer from this lack of effective therapies. Beyond cognitive behavioral therapy, depressed people have few options and many pursue alternative treatments such as acupuncture, spiritual activities and various relaxation techniques to find relief.  Sadly, they are unaware there IS an existing treatment for depression that works, requires no medication, and can provide lasting benefits in as little as one month.

Research has shown that neurofeedback and biofeedback can be effective treatment for the parts of the brain linked to depression.  At the Brain Performance Center, we offer this legitimate, proven treatment for depression which is founded in neuroscience. The plasticity of the brain allows new neural connections to be formed at any time; and we focus on retraining the brain from old, depressed patterns (measurable electrical waves) to new pathways that more closely resemble the patterns of non-depressed people.  We retrain the brain to produce less slow wave brain patterns and to produce a more balanced brain.

Between medication and doctor visits, the cost of treating depression can be very expensive.  Medication can include an anti-depressant and anti-anxiety drugs, averaging at least $100 a month, or $1,200 per year.  Doctor visits and/or therapy on a monthly basis is a minimum of $125 per month or $1,500.  That is $2,700 per year.  Treatment for depression at the Brain Performance Center not only represents a huge savings (average total treatment cost: $2,400) but offers you the very real chance of curing your symptoms completely and forever.

AM I DEPRESSED?

Depression can affect anyone.  Everyone feels blue or sad but these feelings are usually short-lived and pass quickly.  Depression is much more than sadness or the grief we feel when we experience any kind of loss.  Depression is characterized by pervasive low mood, low self esteem, and loss of interest or pleasure in activities that are normally pleasurable.  Major depression is a disabling condition that adversely affects a person’s family, work or school life, sleeping and eating habits.  Your overall health is affected. Ninety percent of people with major depression have sleep problems. Sixty percent of the time people with depression have a history of anxiety, and fifty percent of people experience coexisting anger.  Depression can impact your life in a number of ways.

Just as depression occurs in different parts of the brain, people that are depressed do not all experience the same symptoms.  The severity, frequency and duration of symptoms vary as well. Signs and symptoms include: feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, irritability, fatigue and decreased energy, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, aches or pains, headaches or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment.  Loss of ambition and enthusiasm, and loss of sexual desire often accompany depression.  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms for two or more weeks you may want to consult a professional to help you choose what to do that best fits your situation.

Depression has many causes, and may seem to come out of nowhere.  There are many factors that correlate with depression.  Some types of depression tend to run in families but it can occur in people with no family history as well.  Neuroscientists are studying certain genes that may make some people more prone to depression.   There is a longstanding theory that suggest the neurotransmitters (chemicals that brain cells use to communicate) are out of balance in depression.  The chemical synapses interact with the electrical synapses, making neurofeedback an effective treatment modality. Alcohol and drug abuse are often associated with depression, just as traumatic experiences and major life changes are.

It is important to deal with depression.  Take the time to look at your life and see what is going well, what is not, and what you need to change.   Think about what you do differently when you are not depressed to help you visualize a non-depressed future.  The good news is, depression is not forever.  You can stop feeling depressed, call us today, 817-500-4863, to schedule a free consultation to learn how we can help you.

HELPFUL LINKS

A study of neurofeedback and depression treatment from Northwestern University:

http://www.neurofeedbackclinic.ca/journals/depression/%282-3%292.pdf

A report on new treatments for depression:

“Newer interventions, such as behavioural activation,11 neurofeedback,12,13 and chronic stimulation of the subgenual cingulate region (Brodmann area 25)14 have also shown promise in recent clinical trials….” Read more at the link:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc2748674/

From Tufts University student daily:

http://tuftsdaily.com/news/2010/11/04/neurofeedback-can-give-those-suffering-from-mental-health-disorders-control-over-their-own-brain-act/

More general information about depression:

www.psychiatry.org/mental-health/key-topics/depression

www.apa.org/topics/depress/index.aspx

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