Depression is prevalent in our society. At some time in their life, about 24% of women and 10% of men will experience clinical depression. (Journal of the American Medical Association) Some never reach out for help and continue to suffer. Others turn to their physicians and are put on anti depressant medication while others seek counseling. Some utilize meds and therapy, and they usually have the best recovery.
For those who don't want to take anti depressants and for those who hope to get off their anti depressants, neurotherapy is a non-medication option. There is a common finding with brain maps of depressed folks: excessive Alpha activity in the left frontal brain. In many cases when that excessive Alpha is reduced over several weeks through neurotherapy, the depression lifts. Chemicals (anti depressants) can change brain wave activity for the better, but so can neurotherapy, and often without side effects or longterm dependence. While left frontal excessive Alpha is the most frequent pattern for depression, some individuals' depression comes from other brain locations and brain wave frequencies. That is why it is so important to do the QEEG with brain maps.
As a clinical psychologist, I do have a healthy respect for the seriousness of depression with its biological roots. Anti depressants are life-saving for some. No one with serious depression should "cold turkey" quit their meds. However, individuals who:
* have side effects from their meds or
* who want to get off their meds, or
* who have not had a good response to anti depressants, can now consider neurotherapy as a healthier option.