Biofeedback for Depression
Depression, with symptoms ranging from an overflow of negative thoughts, an ongoing low-level disinterest in normal activities, despair, anger, and self-harm behavior to feeling completely hopeless, is the most common mental disorder according to the APA (American Psychiatric Association). Dr. Verghese in his latest book, Brain Power notes how recent research has shown that depression can be quantified as a dysregulation of the limbic system (emotional regulation) in the brain. This discovery makes it easier to diagnose and treat the various types of depression.
Ongoing research has shown that biofeedback and neurofeedback are extremely effective treatment protocols for retraining dysfunctional brain patterns associated with depression, (Clinical Neurofeedback: Training Brain Behavior). Neurofeedback training offers the depressed individual the ability to restore healthy brain functions. Under the supervision of a qualified neurofeedback clinician, the brain learns to practice healthier patterns of mood regulation, decreasing the frequency and severity of depressive symptoms. Sessions can range from once a week to several times a week and average 30 minutes each. Biofeedback can help depression sufferers get their lives back. Your brain changes when you are depressed and neurofeedback can help it relearn healthier patterns for the long term.
Source: Integrative Medicine and Biofeedback Clinic, Mount Laurel, with clinicians having a combined 40-plus years of experience effectively treating depression and many other pathologies. For more information, call 856-222-9965, email [email protected] or visit Biofeedbacknj.com.