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Major Depression

What we can improve

Major Depression is characterized by a loss of pleasure and a sad mood sustained for several weeks, almost every day. Thoughts are negative, self-esteem is diminished, and the affected person tends to see life with pessimism.

Although several psychological elements are involved in major depression, more and more studies show that under-activation of certain regions of the brain would be associated with many of these cases.

What happens at the brain level:

Brain regions all have functions to manage. At the mood level, the left frontal lobe is involved to generate positive emotions. It therefore deals with regulating (containing) manifestations of negative emotions. For example, when the left frontal lobe is damaged, people often become more apathetic, depressed or get angry easily seeing as the filter that held these emotions is no longer working. They are therefore more likely to develop depression.

Other more recent studies, including one published in 2018 in the well-known journal Nature, have shown that major depression, as well as several psychiatric issues, may result from poor communication between the frontal lobes and other areas of the brain. See Nature’s article.

What we train WITH Neurofeedback

When we perform the evaluation and analysis of the qEEG, the neuropsychologist will then pay particular attention to the level of activity of the frontal lobes, as well as its many connections with other regions of the brain. With the latest-generation Neurofeedback equipment used in our clinics, we can now simultaneously train frontal lobe activity (to activate the left frontal lobe which is responsible for generating positive emotions) and at the same time bring about the communication needed with other regions. In this fashion, we have noticed an even faster progression of the condition in our customers.

results that can be observed
  • More positive mood
  • Increased level of concentration
  • Increased feeling of well-being
  • Decreased fatigue
  • Better control of emotions
Level 4 intervention

Neurofeedback is currently rated as a Level 4 of 5 intervention for depression according to the “Evidence-based Practice in Neurofeedback and Biofeedback 2016” reference guide. In general, clients perceive a decrease in depressive symptoms after 4 or 5 sessions, but usually continue a dozen more sessions of training with this protocol in order to reach significant levels of improvement

It has been shown that the benefits obtained with Neurofeedback are usually long-lasting and they continue to improve in the months following the end of Neurofeedback training.

The services offered are reimbursed by several insurance companies.
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