Depression

Symptoms of depression respond readily to neurofeedback, resulting in increased motivation, interest, and excitement for life. Most of our clients have reduced or eliminated antidepressants.

Signs and Symptoms

People with depression find it difficult to find joy in life. They are plagued with feelings of self doubt, low motivation, and pervasive sadness. One client described it as, “I feel like I’m wading through molasses as I try to accomplish the most basic tasks.”

Other symptoms include:

  • Lack of motivation & loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Hopelessness
  • Low self-worth, pervasive guilt without reason
  • Fatigue
  • Significant weight change
  • Feelings of isolation from family and friends
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

    What’s Going On in the Brain

    People who suffer from depression often show higher than normal slow wave (theta frequency band) activity in the left frontal area of the brain. The frontal lobe is responsible for emotions, attention, judgment, concentration, and executive planning. This slow wave activity dampens emotions, suppresses motivation, and impairs judgment.

    How Neurofeedback Helps Depression

    Neurofeedback encourages the brain to make more “pay attention” (beta frequency band) to help the brain become more alert, engaged, and upbeat. By inhibiting the slower and rewarding the faster activity, the brain learns to better regulate itself and motivation and excitement for life return.

    Many clients have found that as their mood improves, they have worked with their physicians to completely wean off antidepressants and claim to function better than they ever did on antidepressants.

    Research

    The following are selected research studies showing the effect of neurofeedback on depression:

    The Efficacy of Neurofeedback Among Patients with Major Depressive Disorder: Preliminary Study. Wang, S.-Y., Lin, I.-M., Peper, E., Chen, Y.-T., Tang, T.-C., Yeh, Y.-C., Tsai, Y.-C., & Chu, C.-C. (2016). NeuroRegulation, 3(3), 127–134.

    The effects of alpha/theta neurofeedback on personality and mood.
    Raymond, J., Varney, C., Parkinson, L.A., Gruzelier, J.H. (2005). Cognitive Brain Research, 23 (2-3), 287-292.

    The Efficacy of Neurofeedback in Patients with Major Depressive Disorder: An Open Labeled Prospective Study. Cheon, E.-J., Koo, B.-H., & Choi, J.-H. (2016). Applied Psychophysiology And Biofeedback, 41, 103–110.

    An EEG biofeedback protocol for affective disorders. Rosenfeld, J.P., (2000). Clinical Electroencephalogry, 31(1), 7-12. 

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