Depression is often combined with various symptoms: a depressed mood, not sleeping enough or just too much, eating too little or too much, not finding pleasure, social anxiety, low self-esteem,….
When people who suffer from depression come to us for neurofeedback, we take a brain map first, as always. The brain map is a brain scan, in which we get an overview of the brain activity. With neurofeedback, the brainmap gives our specialists insight into how our client’s brain works. Based on this information, we can then determine what the most deviant brain areas are.
When we look scan a depressed brain, we often notice an asymmetry in the frontal lobe. The neurofeedback brainmap then shows a left hemisphere that is much calmer or less active than the right hemisphere.
The left hemisphere in the brain is linked with good mood, while the right hemisphere is more linked with worrying. When the left half is too calm, the right half will start to dominate and will bring along anxious and intense emotions. With neurofeedback, we can train to improve symmetry in brain activity.
Another finding we can often draw from a brain map when there is a depression, is that there are too many high beta waves in the brain. Beta waves are very fast brainwaves, which are linked to worries, anxiety or constant thinking about unpleasant things.
With neurofeedback we can train this subtype to reach a better ratio between beta waves and the other brain waves.
Depending on the type described above, a personalised training protocol will be designed. Neurofeedback training protocols are always fully tailored to the client.
When we train with neurofeedback to treat asymmetry in the brain, we train specifically to make the brain more symmetrical. In other words, we try to make the left half more active and the right half calmer.
If there are too many beta waves, we are going to train to improve the proportions between the fast and slow waves in the brain.
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