Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. Depression is a serious medical condition characterized with symptoms such as melancholy, loss of pleasure, loss of energy, difficulty in concentrating, and suicidal thoughts. Possible causes include a combination of biological, psychological, and social sources of distress. Research suggests these factors may cause changes in brain function, altering activity of certain neural circuits in the brain.
Benefits of Neurofeedback for Depression
Neurofeedback for depression can improve brain waves resulting in minimization of symptoms. Advancements in brain science have shown when the left frontal area of your brain is more active than the right frontal area, your mood is positive. This is beneficial for neurofeedback training as the left side of the brain can be trained to be more active than the right.
Unlike medication, neurofeedback causes minimal to no side effects. The most commonly reported side effect is a feeling of tiredness after a session.