Neurofeedback for Depression

depressed person on bench

What is Depression?

Depression is a serious disorder that can manifest itself in a variety of ways and levels of intensity.  Most people experience it as some combination of the following: a low mood that is accompanied by feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, sadness, tearfulness, low energy, somatic problems (body aches and pains), low desire to socialize with others, low desire for activities that were once pleasurable, problems with sleep (too much, too little or non-restful), slowed thinking, memory and concentration problems, thoughts about giving up, and when severe, thoughts about suicide.  There can be other symptoms as well.  Quite often Depression is accompanied by other conditions such as Anxiety, or there can be an alternating cycle between symptoms of anxiety and depression.

What causes it?

Depression related symptoms can be caused by head injury (even small ones), metabolic issues (like thyroid problems), life losses and traumas, toxic exposures, biochemical imbalances (typically Serotonin imbalances in the brain), and other imbalances in the brain’s functioning. New research points to difficulties associated with the intestinal flora (bacteria) dysregulation as another source

What can be done about it?

There are multiple approaches to the alleviation of symptoms associated with Depression.  They range from medications to diet (including detoxification), to exercise, counseling, and now Neurotherapy with neurofeedback.

How does Neurofeedback (NFB) differ from the other approaches?

Neurofeedback differs from other approaches in that it is non-invasive, non-toxic, and non-addictive and uses the strength of the individual’s own brain and healing systems to increase the individual’s functioning.   Neurofeedback can work also with other approaches, or as a standalone approach in some situations. Changing the way the brain operates through the use of (qEEG) Quantitative Electroencephalography Guided Neurofeedback training (using reward or operant conditioning) can alter symptomatologies in dramatic and often permanent ways.  Neurofeedback has little known side effects, and is relatively easy to learn and often fun.  Lastly, because it is not a medical procedure it does not require a doctor’s prescription.

 How do ICANS approaches improve functioning and lessen symptoms?

Through a highly individualized assessment process using a qEEG based brain map, determinations are made as to where to intervene in order to help restore functioning or to improve it.  Using a variety of Biofeedback and Neuropsychophysiological approaches to help define the client’s condition, a training plan is made that may involve traditional biofeedback and/or qEEG guided Neurofeedback.

Likewise, consultations with other care providers are also frequently made to provide better outcomes for the individual.  As an example, consultations can be made with physicians to inform them about improvements (symptom reductions, improved brain functioning) made by the client as a result of Neurofeedback and Biofeedback training, and the client and his or her doctor can then make determinations about medication dosing or in some cases the cessation of medications.

Are you ready to explore alternatives for relief of your Depression symptoms?

Contact Dr. Dollschnieder's office today and schedule your initial evaluation. You will learn how the powerful combination of approaches used at ICaNs may be your best next step.