Depression is a mental health disorder categorized by a low mood or loss of interest in activities that causes significant impairment in daily life. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States.
There are many different types of depression. Forms of depression include:
Major depressive disorder or clinical depression must have at least five symptoms of depression that least for two weeks or longer to be diagnosed with major depressive disorder.
Another type of depression is persistent depressive disorder or dysthymia. People with persistent depressive disorder have a low, dark, or sad mood on most days and at least two additional symptoms of depression (including sleep problems (too much or too little), low energy or fatigue, low self-esteem, poor appetite or overeating, poor concentration or difficulty making decisions, and feelings of hopelessness) lasting two years or more. In children and teens, persistent depressive disorder may be diagnosed if symptoms of irritability or depression persist for a year or more.
Depression can be difficult to manage, and often requires long-term or even lifelong care. There are several ways to treat depression including the most common approaches, talk therapy (or psychotherapy) and medication management.
Neurofeedback is different from talk therapy and medication management as the change starts in the body, particularly in the limbic system of the brain. As brain function is normalized, and the nervous system is regulated, stress in the body is reduced. This major system change has a positive cascading effect on emotions and thoughts. For more information on how neurofeedback creates change in the brain please read our article How Neurofeedback Effectively Treats Anxiety and more information on the differences between neurofeedback and other treatment including psychotherapy and pharmceutical interventions please see The Benefits of Infraslow Neurofeedback Training.
We take a holistic approach to treating depression with neurofeedback. Often, clients come to us out of a desire for alternative forms of treatment that may include a focus on diet, exercise, psychotherapy, and neurofeedback. At NFSNY we work with each individual to develop a treatment plan that is customized and based on a quantitative brain map (QEEG). Moreover, we offer several different types of neurofeedback to treat depression, including Infraslow and sLORETA. These forms of neurofeedback can activate mood-regulating areas of cortex and enhance functional connectivity.
We provide a uniquely individual approach to treating depression symptoms that is rooted in a quantitative brain map (QEEG) and neurofeedback. In addition, our clinicians are all licensed mental health providers with ample training and experience working with depression. We can provide psychotherapy in conjunction with neurofeedback, and often we provide in-session interventions such as guided meditation, guided breathwork, as well as biofeedback such as HRV training.