The presence of depression can be both troubling and life threatening. Most people are aware of Major Depressive Disorder and that those with Bipolar Disorder have depression. However, depression may occur among individuals with individual with head injury, chronic illness, reactions to stress, and grief. Because of the possible presence or development of suicidal intentions, all of those we work with are referred to a physician. We feel that medication and psychotherapy have the strongest potential for improvement. However many do now respond well to these interventions. In these cases, we offer biofeedback and neurotherapy options to augment other therapies.
The choices of assesment measures is typically decided in an initial diagnostic interview. This enables us to select out the most likely tests, and symptom checklists to adequately document and differentially diagnose. Lastly, a quantitative electro-encephlagram (qEEG) is given. The qEEG enables us to identify the unique neurological contributions to your struggles.
If the assessment identifies the presence of a disorder, you will receive a referral to a physician. In some cases, accessing inpatient care is required to ensure your safety and to access immediate medical attention. For those not requiring inpatient care, a qEEG can be used to identify areas of the brain that can be a target of neurotherapy In the presence of depression we encourage you to provide your physician with a copy of the qEEG and psychological testing report as well. Your physician may provide a spectrum of interventions including medication, dietary interventions, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).
Once the planning stage is complete, biofeedback, neurotherapy/ neurofeedback and psychotherapy will commence. Cognitive behavioral strategies have strong benefits for most individuals with depression. To this mindfulness and relaxation techniques. are sometimes added Neurotherapy therapy can be used to improve emotional modulation, increase energy, and enable the experience of pleasure. It is important to note that neurotherapy is a behavioral or learning technique and is not a medical intervention. Neurotherapy and biofeedback require practice to obtain improvement.