When medications aren’t working to treat depression, what is the alternative?
During the past decade, large numbers of mental health professionals have been looking for a new technique to treat depression due to the limited results many patients experience with medication and psychotherapy alone. With medications for depression, including the commonly prescribed SSRI class drugs such as Prozac and Lexapro, many patients with depression continue to struggle. Secondly, a person’s brain develops a reliance on the medication, making it difficult to stop taking it and manage mood on one’s own.
Neurofeedback trains the brain to regulate mood. After training with neurofeedback, people with depression report that they are better able to stabilize their moods and that their motivation improves.
How does neurofeedback help in the treatment of depression?
Feeling down or depressed from time to time happens to most people. Usually such feelings pass, and a person can improve his or her mood naturally. However, some people cannot break out of a depressed state over an extended period of time. In those cases, a person is considered to have clinical depression. However, there is much research that shows that depression is neurological, not psychological. Certain brain patterns are frequently linked to depression.
Therefore, training the brain through neurofeedback has a powerful ability to treat depression. With neurofeedback training, the brain practices a healthy pattern of mood regulation. Sometimes people with depression notice improvement after only a few sessions. However, for the brain to fully learn, more training is required. In time, the brain learns to regulate mood on its own.