June 25, 2019

Can Neurofeedback Help My Depression And Anxiety?

The short answer to whether or not neurofeedback and brain training can help your depression, anxiety, or other mood disorders is YES! 

NeuraPerformance Brain Center in Denver is proud to help clients with mood disorders like depression, anxiety, and PTSD find relief. New research, like this study in published in the Journal Of Adult Development, show that neurofeedback (EEG biofeedback) offers a viable complementary treatment to medication in treating depression and anxiety. 

How Does Neurofeedback Work?

Neurofeedback works by retraining brainwaves. Different brain waves are associated with different moods and brain states, like depression, and consistent neurofeedback sessions train the brain to teach self-regulation of brain function. Sensors are placed on the scalp to measure electrical activity and erratic brain waves.

We have helped clients with diagnosed mental illnesses improve their mental health and begin to find relief from chronic and stubborn symptoms. If you’ve tried traditional treatments and are still struggling, it might be time to seek alternative therapy — neurofeedback. Here are a few symptomes we’ve helped alleviate in our patients: apathy, guilt, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, lack of concentration, insomnia, fear, and anger issues. One of our patients said:

“Neurotherapy has given my life back. I was so depressed and lethargic, I had to force myself to get out of bed in the morning. Now, I am up each day with a smile on my face, raising my daughter like I always wanted to!” — 30-year-old female, depression and ADD

Read more to learn how neurotherapy and neurofeedback brain training can help alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Depression And Neurofeedback

We often tell our patients that neurofeedback sessions are a way of rebooting the brain. If you have chronic depression, the brain’s neural networks are continually following routes that provide the same feedback to your body — the symptoms you are feeling. Depression is debilitating. It can make you feel like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. Here are a few of the most common symptoms of depression:

  • Sadness that does not go away over time 
  • Changes in sleep, appetite, and energy levels
  • Agitation, irritability, and a lack of concentration

You can’t just snap out of depression by being positive or trying harder, but long-term interventions like medication, therapy, and alternative treatments like neurofeedback are ways of climbing out of depression’s hole.

Imaging technology — like sensors used in neurofeedback sessions — has made significant advancements in the past few years. Real-time electroencephalography (EEG biofeedback) lets our therapists watch how your neural circuits react to emotion, like depression. 

Neurofeedback treatments vary from person to person, but all use small sensors placed on the head to capture the brain’s electrical activity. Often, tiny, pulsed signals are sent to the brain in order to help calm erratic brain waves. 

Anxiety And Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback for anxiety works similarly to neurofeedback for depression. We attach small sensors to your head and track your brain waves as you react to stimuli, like a movie or video game. The majority of people who go through neurofeedback brain training find they have a better ability to focus and relax. 

People suffering from anxiety have a hard time relaxing, and their body is often in fight or flight mode. Here are a few of the most common symptoms of anxiety:

  • Excessive worrying or fear
  • Fatigue, restlessness, and lack of concentration
  • Racing or unwanted thoughts

When someone is suffering from anxiety or a panic attack, brain waves become erratic, shifting rapidly from fast to slow waves. These brain waves are behind the racing or unwanted thoughts you may be feeling. 

Our therapists use a stop-and-start feedback from the small sensors to help you train your brain toward more-normal brain waves. Brain waves that are less erratic and shift more slowly from fast to slow waves help improve your ability to relax and escape cycles of anxiety.

Neurofeedback and brain training are relatively new ways of understanding depression and anxiety, and we are helping people every day along their road to healing. 

NeuraPerformance Brain Center in Denver

We specialize in brain health, recovery, and performance. Our state-of-the-art neuraperformance brain center specializes in brain mapping and brain wave optimization, enhancing sports performance, baseline concussion testing and treatment, and treatment for many other psychological conditions. Let us work to help you find relief from your depression and anxiety symptoms. Schedule an appointment today! 

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