Most people know that depression can be treated with medication and therapy, but fewer people know of neurofeedback for depression. Neurofeedback is a type of therapy that improves various conditions affecting mood, anxiety, attention, and even academic and athletic ability. Instead of simply treating symptoms like medication does, neurofeedback aims to fix problems at the root—the root being brainwaves.
Depression, or major depressive disorder, is a mood disorder that makes you feel sad, hopeless, and low in energy, and you may also experience a loss of interest in life in general. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, major depression affects about 7% of the U.S. population over age 18. Additionally, between 20% and 25% of adults may experience an episode of major depression at some point during their life.1
Typically, treatment can improve depression, the common ones being psychotherapy and pharmaceutical medications. However, some people with the condition—especially treatment-resistant depression (TRD)—may benefit from alternative therapies like neurofeedback for depression.
Most people feel depression at some point in their lives, but major depressive disorder goes beyond occasional bouts of sadness—people with depression experience ongoing symptoms that interfere with their daily life and ability to function normally.
Some of these symptoms include:
Depression can last for weeks, months, or years, depending on lifestyle factors and if you seek treatment. Learning how to calm anxiety and depression through treatment can reduce the chance of recurring bouts of depression. Some people only have one depressive episode in life, but many people have frequent episodes of depression.
Treatment is essential because depression that’s left untreated can have significant impacts on your life. Like any other illness, the symptoms of depression can get worse with time, especially without treatment. Untreated depression can lead to job loss or relationship problems, and at worst, self-harm or suicide. If you or someone you know is experiencing depression and suicidal ideation, reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
Seeking treatment, especially if you’re someone who experiences long-term or recurring bouts of depression, is crucial in managing symptoms and improving quality of life.
Chemical imbalances cause depression in the brain, but it’s not that simple. Some may wonder what part of the brain depression affects; research suggests it affects multiple parts of the brain.2 The four main areas of the brain that relate to depression are explained below.
Because the brain plays such a central role in depression, it makes sense that brain training neurofeedback is a helpful treatment. Neurofeedback targets depression brain waves by teaching the brain new ways of thinking, creating long-term positive changes in how you think and feel.
Studies revealed that, after thirty sessions of neurofeedback for depression, almost 50% of people with severe depression showed normal brain activity.6
Because neurofeedback and brain mapping for depression can show which brain waves need to be targeted, neurofeedback therapists can develop a treatment plan to help you better manage your thoughts and emotions.
At Iris Healing®, you can see your decision-making processes through neurofeedback—good and bad. This aspect empowers you to understand which behaviors you want to change, and our staff at Iris Healing® then creates a holistic treatment plan that encourages healthier thinking patterns. Iris Healing® utilizes neurofeedback therapy for depression, anxiety, substance abuse disorder, and several other conditions you may need assistance with.
To learn more about how our staff at Iris Healing® can help you, reach out through their website or call us at (844) 663-4747. Our team of professionals is ready to help you achieve life-long healing, so reach out to us today.