What is neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback, sometimes referred to as EEG biofeedback, is a therapy that involves retraining the brain to better regulate brainwave frequencies. Neurofeedback therapy leverages your brain’s neuroplasticity to help create new neural pathways that address any imbalances in your brain.
To understand why neurofeedback is so effective in treating depression, it’s important to first understand the correlation between irregular brainwave patterns and mental health disorders.
Irregular brainwave patterns and mental health disorders
Every time your brain cells communicate, they produce electrical impulses, which form brainwaves. Brainwaves can provide a great deal of information about how we feel and function. In fact, specific brainwave frequencies can impact everything from your underlying mood, thought habits, stress levels, and overall cognitive function.
Brainwaves work together simultaneously, but sometimes, one specific brainwave frequency can become more dominant than others. The dominant brainwave is what impacts your current state of mind. And research has shown that people with depression often don’t produce enough alpha brainwaves. Neurofeedback can help correct this.
How neurofeedback works
Though it might sound complicated at first, neurofeedback therapy is actually quite simple. During a neurofeedback session, electrodes are placed on your scalp and used to measure the electrical activity occurring in your brain in real-time. When your brain produces regular brainwave frequencies, a reward is given.
Most often, the “reward” is a movie, video game, or song that plays. When your brain starts producing irregular brainwave frequencies, the movie, video game, or song stops.
With enough practice, your brain naturally learns how to regularly and consistently produce “optimal” brainwave patterns.
Benefits of neurofeedback
Neurofeedback is a top treatment option for many reasons. Firstly, it’s all-natural and non-invasive. There are also no negative side effects associated with neurofeedback.
Perhaps most importantly, neurofeedback treats the problem at the source instead of just trying to mask the symptoms of depression. And with the knowledge gained from your qEEG brain map, clinicians can identify which medications will be most beneficial in helping you manage your mental health.
Last, but certainly not least, neurofeedback is found to provide long-lasting relief, even after treatment has ended.
Additional natural depression treatments
In addition to neurofeedback, many people also find that yoga, mindfulness practices, meditation, and regular exercise help them better manage their mental health. Even just 10 minutes a day of any of these practices can make a significant difference.
Learn more about natural depression treatment in Dallas
If you’re interested in learning more about this natural depression treatment in Dallas, reach out to us today at Braincode Centers. We offer free consultations with our highly trained clinicians to determine if neurofeedback is right for you.
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