Depressive Disorders are conditions marked by depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure in nearly all activities, disturbances in sleep and appetite, agitation, decreased energy and fatigue, a sense of worthlessness and guilt, difficulty concentrating, and, in some cases, the presence of suicidal thoughts(1). These symptoms can be chronic and last for years. Medications prescribed for Depressive Disorders include the side effects of nausea, headaches, anxiety, insomnia, drowsiness, loss of appetite, blurred vision, dizziness, difficulty sleeping, and, in severe cases, muscle rigidity, fever, seizures, and death, if not treated(2).
Neurofeedback is a non-invasive, neurological treatment for the symptoms of Depression and Mood Disorders and their co-morbid conditions (Panic/Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Addictions). Research supports the use of neurofeedback as an effective treatment for the symptoms of Depressive Disorders in combination with psychotherapy(3). No serious adverse side effects have been reported through the use of neurofeedback(4) and studies report maintained symptom reduction and continued neurological improvement 3, 12, 24, and 60 months after the completion of treatment(5). Individuals have described in detail how neurofeedback worked in the treatment of their depression and how neurofeedback was able to help free them from their symptoms(6).
(1) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Ed.,(2013) American Psychiatric Association, Washington, DC;
(3) http://www.isnr.org/neurofeedback-info/depression.cfm; Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America (2005);
(4) Neurotherapeutics (2012); Journal of Neurotherapy (2001);
(5) Clinical EEG and Neuroscience (2009);
(6) http://www.xojane.com/it-happened-to-me/neurofeedback-cured-clinical-depression; http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2011/07/neurofeedback-depression; http://www.healthboards.com/boards/bipolar-disorder/690804-i-have-no-more-depression-bipolar-thanks-neurofeedback.html