Thursday, February 11, 2010

Neurofeedback and Depression

In the U.S. almost one in ten women and one in 20 men are taking an anti-depressant. If you are one of them and the medication you take is helping, that's great. I have certainly seen medications help my clients over the years, but unfortunately they don't help everyone.

If you don't like the idea of medication and are looking for support for that, Sharon Begley has written a very interesting article for Newsweek, The Depressing News about Anti-Depressants. If you've tried medications and they haven't made a difference with your depression, or the side effects are a problem, fortunately, there are options. And here is psychiatrist Robert Klitzman's thoughtful response to Begley's article:  A Doctor Disagrees.

Exercise, mindfulness training, and nutritional changes can all help with depression.  Neurofeedback, which is best known for alleviating anxiety, may also play a part in getting you better. Most of my clients who have come for help with depression have found that they are either not depressed any more, or they feel less depression and less often, or they need less medication to feel good. One person tickled me by describing it as being now able to shake off depression the way a dog shakes off water.

Not sure if you're depressed? Of course, get a professional consultation; and you can also click here to take a simple depression-screening test. You're welcome to post comments or questions on this blog. If you'd like more privacy, you can email me through my website (no one reads the emails but me).

Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
New York Neurofeedback

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