Depression is a mood disorder that is characterized by fatigue, lack of motivation, excessive feelings of sadness, and feeling disconnected, as well as a loss of interest in many things that were once important and brought happiness. We all feel sad from time to time, but when those feelings are constant and the sadness is not lifted, it becomes a chronic state and may interfere with other areas of life, like eating, sleeping, relationships, and work. Everyone, including children, can experience symptoms of depression.
Depression at its core is a neurological disorder and can be caused by irregular brain function, and slow-processing speeds, especially on the left side of the brain. When there is long-term slowing of otherwise optimal brain function, it can lead to the persistent feelings of low and slow, or ‘couch mode’ as it has been called.
A qEEG Brain Map can indicate what speeds your brain is working with and if there is a low-and-slow state that is associated with the symptoms and feelings of depression.
Depression is a condition that requires attention – no matter how depressed one feels, or why it has become a challenge in someone’s life. Neurofeedback can help. However, if you or someone you know is feeling distress that has become too difficult to cope with and is leading to destructive thoughts, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255