It’s a fact of life that we will all experience ups and downs, and can sometimes feel bouts of sadness that coincide with stressful or upsetting events in our lives. But if you find yourself feeling hopeless and sad on a regular basis, you may be dealing with a mood disorder – most commonly diagnosed as a form of depression.
The symptoms of a mood disorder vary, but many common symptoms of people who have depression are:
- Depressed mood
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness or hopelessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in usually-enjoyed activities
- Change in weight or appetite
- Sleep disturbances
- Decreased energy
- Poor concentration of difficulty making decisions
The treatment process for depression varies greatly for each person, and is unique to their needs and type of mood disorder. Generally, psychotherapy and medication are the starting points and then treatment is adjusted as needed. Treatment for depression takes time and commitment, and being treated with medication alone is often not enough. Lifestyle changes and other treatments – including neurotherapy – all work together to aid recovery.
Did you know?
According to Statistics Canada’s 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey on Mental Health, 5.4% of the Canadian population aged 15 years and over reported symptoms that met the criteria for a mood disorder, including 4.7% for major depression and 1.5% for bipolar disorder. Women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with depression, at a rate of 2:1.
How can Neurotherapy help?
People with mood disorders often have different patterns of brain waves than those who do not experience depression. With neurofeedback therapy, we work with you to “re-train” your brain waves and help you to achieve a calmer, more relaxed and focused state of mind. Think of it as a workout for your brain that will help, in conjunction with psychotherapy and mindfulness, train your mind through non-invasive and natural means to function optimally.