Neurofeedback For Depression in NYC

What is Depression?

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.

Types of Depression

There are many different types of depression. Forms of depression include:

  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Depression due to an illness
  • Bipolar Depression
  • Postpartum Depression

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.

Some symptoms of depression include:

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in once pleasurable activities
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Trouble falling asleep or sleeping too much
  • Feeling restless, agitated, sluggish and/or slowed down physically or mentally
  • Feeling worthless or guilty
  • Trouble concentrating or making decisions
  • Thoughts of suicide

Other Forms of Depression

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.

How Neurofeedback Treats Depression

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 for depression new york

Our neurofeedback for depression in NYC 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.

Our Approach to Depression Treatment with Neurofeedback

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.

If you or someone you know struggles from depression, please do not hesitate to call and schedule a consultation at (212) 877-7929 or request an appointment online

Why Choose Us

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.

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Neurofeedback Services Reviews in New York, NY

  • Mark Smith is very kind, caring and puts you right at ease. I went to Mark after a friend’s recommendation and could not be more pleased with how smooth my QEEG sessions went. Mark is world renowned for his neurofeedback work and I would recommend anyone looking for relief from various mental conditions to visit Neurofeedback Services Of New York for help.

    violaine mars Avatar violaine mars
    February 1, 2018

    I have known Mark Smith as a clinician and instructor for fifteen years. He is open, candid, and professionally dynamic. An intensely knowledgeable practitioner, he has managed to develop a unique form of treatment and neurofeedback training that has been shown to achieve splendid results. He is intellectually honest and persistently refines his knowledge and techniques. His willingness to work with clients with complicated and chronic problems that other professionals have been unable to help is a testament to his dedication, determination, and compassion.

    David Pavlick Avatar David Pavlick
    February 8, 2018

    I can tell you that I am a completely different person in all the best ways possible. To those who "poo poo" this, you have no idea how much better your life could be. Depression is almost non existent. I feel like a new person.

    Jessica Bern Avatar Jessica Bern
    September 21, 2018
  • I have only been performing ISF training for a few months, but I can say it is my personal and clinical opinion that this is probably the most powerful intervention ever known. With ISF, I have been working with people who thought they were beyond hope. They are getting significantly better, and finally getting back into the life they deserve. Mark Smith used the word “glücklich” in the ISF workshop, meaning that feeling of total euphoria, peace and happiness that sometimes comes upon someone during the training. I have not had this happen during my own ISF training, however I have lived this feeling in a very clinical way for the last few months because I am helping people in ways that I never dreamt possible. Each day I witness miracles. I have seen people that have been so depressed that they were frequently admitted to the hospital for suicidality. Now they're happy and going back to work or school. Clients with balance problems and mobility issues are walking again. A couple of my clients had asthma that interfered with their lives and sports performance, and now the asthma is gone. Other clients have had horrible gastric intestinal issues to the point where their lives revolved around accessing the bathroom or taking medications just to have normal bodily functions. These people have minimal gastric intestinal issues now. Two of my young clients have had horrific development trauma and are now playing and dancing like other children do. I spent thirteen years working in an inpatient psychiatric unit and saw some of the most dysregulated brains imaginable. Now I have some of these people in my private practice and they are getting better. I would not believe any of this unless I would have seen it on first-hand basis. It just doesn’t seem possible. On a personal note, my daughter had three concussions a few years ago. She spent a couple of years in bed and thought her life was beyond hope, then we discovered neurofeedback. She has had many sessions of surface neurofeedback training (both one channel and four channel Z score) and got her life back, but her gastric intestinal issues, temperature regulation, asthma, and sleep issues still lingered. Since she has been optimized through ISF, she is sleeping well, does not have asthma, and is eating foods that she was never able to eat before. Her GI functioning is fairly normal. I don't know that I can actually find the right words to express my feelings about ISF. Each day I experience “glücklich” because I witness miracles happening in the lives of others. I am very blessed to be providing this amazing treatment. Thank you Mark and all the others who have made ISF possible. We are changing the world, one client at a time. Rhonda Mateer Ross, Brain Advances BCN, LCSW, MED

    Rhonda Mateer Ross Avatar Rhonda Mateer Ross
    May 27, 2018

    Neurofeedback helped me regain my memory, my anxiety has gone down, I can remember things, and I am now able to function. My fear levels have dropped since I no longer have memory issues, and I can drive without fear. I am confident and back on track. Working with Mark at Neurofeedback Services of NY has been a life saver.

    Andrea Diamond Avatar Andrea Diamond
    March 29, 2018

    The staff here are very professional and respectable. They are well trained and experts in both Neurofeedback and conventional talk therapy. I recommend this to anyone that is looking for a well-rounded treatment regimen to treat their condition.

    Douglas Mansell Avatar Douglas Mansell
    January 6, 2020

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