WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM NEUROFEEDBACK/EEG BIOFEEDBACK?
Treatment for Anxiety and Depression
Some common signs of depression are: feelings of profound sadness, hopelessness, extreme mood swings, a total loss of interest in activities they previously enjoyed, drastic changes in sleep patterns (insomnia or sleeping all the time) or in appetite. Depression is very common, and it is estimated that 20% to 25% of women and 7% to 12% of men will experience depression over the course of their life. Depression can be experienced in episodes (either mild, moderate, or severe) or a chronic condition, usually mild.
Some common signs of anxiety are: frequent panic attacks, obsessive thoughts, a paralyzing phobia, and unrelenting worries. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 18% of the adult population. Anxiety disorders is an umbrella term which includes generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The duration of symptoms typically classifies it as a chronic disorder.
Anxiety and depression often go hand in hand. Some people also experience both together, and each condition can trigger the other. In fact, almost half of all people with major depression also suffer from severe and persistent anxiety.
Depression and anxiety can take different forms, and symptoms and severity vary from one person to the next. And just as there are a number of ways which people experience depression and anxiety, there are also a number of ways to treat anxiety and depression, both separately and when they appear together.
When it comes to treating anxiety and depression, there is no “one size fits all” treatment procedure. Often, a mix of different types of treatments will prove the most effective, and what works for one person might not work for another. However, with effective treatment, anxiety and depression can be managed and the person experiencing it can regain control of their life.
A mental health professional can help tailor each treatment option to meet each person’s specific needs, symptoms, and diagnosis.
Neurofeedback treatment for Depression and Anxiety
Neurofeedback, also known as EEG (electroencephalogram) biofeedback, is a therapeutic intervention that uses EEG technology to train the brain to function better. This treatment method is designed to gradually train your brain in order to return it to normal functioning. When your brain cells interact with one another, electrical impulses called brain waves are created. These brain waves are indicative of your overall brain function and reflect your inner state (to read more about brain waves see here). People suffering from anxiety and depression often have different patterns of brain waves than those who are not experiencing these challenges.
At times, your brain can get overstimulated or understimulated, and you may experience certain chronic emotions capable of altering your normal way of life. Neurofeedback can help with these brain imbalances.
So how does Neurofeedback work
This therapy uses a computerized program to assess an individual’s brainwave frequencies and give feedback on the brain activity which targets areas of dysfunction. The program then uses visual or sound signals (often in the form of games or videos) to train the central nervous system to regulate and reorganize brain signals. As a result, individuals can learn to improve their brain function, directly helping to alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other neurological disorders.
The average neurofeedback therapy program will involve sessions of 40 minutes each twice or three times a week for twenty to thirty weeks with the use of sensors which are attached to your scalp. Myndlift offers neurofeedback (EEG biofeedback) equipment with powerful clinical control which provides patients with an affordable and safe way to train their brain using EEG feedback anytime, anywhere.