The frenetic, panicky energy of anxiety and the lonely, listless quality of depression may seem like polar opposites, but the truth is, anxiety and depression are just different manifestations of a core dysfunction in the brain.
Depression is more than just feeling sad. Everyone feels upset or unmotivated from time to time, but depression is more serious. It is a mood disorder characterized by prolonged feelings of sadness and loss of interest in daily activities. If these symptoms persist for a period of at least two weeks, it is considered a depressive episode.
Medications just treat the symptoms and do not correct the source of the problem within the brain. Some people with depression prefer non-drug approaches to help them manage their symptoms. Research shows that approximately 30-40% of patients with depression have only a partial response to pharmacological and psychotherapeutic interventions. We use a different approach at Asheville Brain Training–we correct the imbalance. More specifically, we set the brain up to solve it’s own imbalance.
When the imbalance is corrected, your brain is better able to receive and process serotonin and dopamine, the key neurotransmitters for a healthy brain.
We measure brain function with a quantitative EEG brain map, so that we can see any dysregulation in the brainwaves that are associated with depression and/or anxiety. Once we understand the source of the problem, we target that area for change using neurofeedback brain training. This allows you to reshape your brain, not just mask your symptoms.
And when your brain starts to function better, you will feel well enough to participate in life, connect with others, and do the things you love.