Cynthia W. Lubow, MS, MFT is a therapist who
practices in California. In a recent article for GoodTherapy.com, Lubow wrote, Five Things That Help When I’m Depressed. I would like to add a sixth; neurofeedback. More on that later.
Learning Discoveries, a mental health center, defines depression as “a disabling condition which affects most people at some stage of their lives and can adversely affect a person’s family, work or school life, sleeping and eating habits and general health. It can result from a number of factors including intrinsic (internal) biochemical changes in the body and brain (after a heart attack or brain injury), a genetic predisposition, external events (loss of loved one, personal tragedy, long term stress due to environmental factors). Depression can begin at an early age some children show signs and symptoms of depression as young as seven years of age.”
Below are the five things that help Lewbow when she is depressed:
1. Stay in bed, and give in to the exhaustion and lack of motivation.
3. Fantasize about something so amazing that it might give me pleasure.
4. Look for pleasure through my senses.
5. Talk to someone about whatever I need to complain about.
The suggestions are different from what is generally discussed and number one can be complicated. Lubow goes on to explain why in her article.
The sixth suggestion is mine. It’s neurofeedback. The type of neurofeedback that I use is NeurOptimal®. From their website, “NeurOptimal® can help build brain resilience, or an increase in the central nervous system’s ability to ‘bounce back’ from a negative event. Negative feelings
associated with a personal conflict or bad day at work can hover hours after the actual event has passed. The destructive effect of nervousness, repetitive or self-critical thinking is magnified in more severe events such as physical or emotional trauma or the loss of a loved one. Instead of staying stuck in the negativity of these events, the resilient brain will snap back and return to its normal baseline more quickly. Individuals with a more resilient brain report feeling happier and enjoying a more profound sense of peace.”
If you would like to learn more about how I can help you manage your depression through talk therapy or neurofeedback, contact me here. I look forward to hearing from you.