Depression and Treatment
Depression is a mental illness that affects millions of people yearly. Everyone has experienced times of sadness in their lives, but clinical depression goes beyond these normal ups and downs. Distinguishing between normal feelings of sadness and clinical depression can be challenging. In general, if problems with mood are causing significant distress or impairment in functioning, it’s best to consult with a mental health professional.
What are some symptoms of Major Depression?
Major Depression is a condition in which the person has either (1) persistent and extreme feelings of sadness or (2) loss of interest or pleasure for at least a two-week period. Other signs of depression may include:
- disinterest in otherwise preferred activities
- decreased energy
- difficulty sleeping or sleeping excessively
- tearfulness and/or hopelessness
- feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt
- decreased appetite and/or weight loss
- increased irritability
- recurrent thoughts of death
Counseling for Depression
Counseling, also called talk therapy or psychotherapy, is a key component in the treatment of depression. Our clinicians are trained in a variety of modalities, including: cognitive-behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness, EMDR, brainspotting, trauma-focused therapy, biofeedback and play therapy. Using different treatment styles and approaches, our clinicians can guide you in exploring coping skills, mindfulness training and emotion regulation techniques.
Neurofeedback for Depression
Neurofeedback trains the brain to work in a more balanced and effective way. Our QEEG brain maps find the brain wave patterns that are contributing to depression. For example, a depressed brain can produce too much of the brain’s idling brain wave, alpha, leaving the person with low energy and motivation. Once we find the brain wave patterns that are related to depression, the individual does a series of neurofeedback sessions to change the dysregulated patterns, leading to symptom reduction.
Techniques for Reducing Depression at Home
Our team recommends:
- Physical activity, exercise at least three days weekly. Try taking a walk through one of Connecticut's beautiful parks!
- Make healthy food choices and stay hydrated with water
- Practice good sleep hygiene
- Engage in meditation, yoga or mindfulness practices
- Practice healthy self-talk
- Limit screen time
I’m interested in learning more about your services. What’s the next step?
We offer free 15-minute phone consultations to determine if the Center for NeuroPotential will be a good fit for you. Our services are available for both children and adults. Call 475-221-8142 to find out more. We are in-network with Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield and located in Branford, Connecticut.
We are one of the leading treatment centers in Connecticut for depression, and have found the combination of neurofeedback and counseling services to greatly improve the lives of our patients. Our office is located in Branford, Connecticut.