Types Of Depression & Symptoms
Depression comes in many forms. At one extreme is severe clinical depression characterized by profound despair, hopelessness, and the inability to take pleasure in anything. At the other end of the spectrum are those who are “mildly” depressed, or “dysthymic”. Outwardly they may do well in life but still feel uninspired and lack fulfillment. They feel like they are not living up to their potential and are missing out in life. Like severely depressed patients, those with dysthymia typically have persistent negative thinking and difficulty staying motivated. Antidepressants are reported to be only partially effective for most patients, take a long time to work and frequently have side effects. While clients may develop insight with psychotherapy, behavioral techniques need to be practiced and used consistently and even “insight” doesn’t prevent negative or hopelessness.
Neurofeedback For Depression
ALC uses QEEG and other psychological assessments to determine the type and severity of depression and the frequent overlapping difficulties with anxiety and ADD. Depression is much more significant during challenging and unpredictable times, such as COVID. ALC uses a newer type of neurofeedback, called Direct Neurofeedback to activate areas of the brain (often the left frontal), which results in increased alertness, motivation and mood. Our clinical work and studies using direct Neurofeedback have resulted in decreased levels of depression & fatigue, improved mood & emotional well-being, and increased attention, memory and executive function.