There Is Hope

Depression is often defined as an overwhelming sadness or heaviness. It can include other symptoms such as isolating yourself from friends, feeling unmotivated, and losing interest in activities you used to enjoy. Another common belief among people with depression is that they are helpless or hopeless to change their situation. This is not true, however. There is always help for depression, and with the right treatment, there is hope as well.

It is important to realize that not everyone experiences depression the same. Children often have hyperactivity, irritability, or attention issues. Some adults pride themselves on being able to “put on a mask” when in public but are really suffering on the inside. Identifying what makes your depression unique is the first step to matching you with an appropriate treatment.

Change Your Brain

There are specific brainwave patterns that relate to feelings of depression. Using Neurofeedback, a trained clinician is able to monitor your brainwave activity and help you learn how to regulate your brain. One common example of dysregulated brainwaves that lead to depression are powerful sleep waves in someone’s frontal lobe (near the forehead) which causes extreme fatigue and sometimes distraction. Another example is low energy in the brain that inhibits the brain from being able to regulate itself properly. A final example is a brain with excess hyperactive waves that lead to rumination, racing thoughts, and sometimes the report that someone is “always in her own head.”

Wake Up Your Body

Depression can leave one feeling lethargic or unmotivated. Even walking to the kitchen may seem like a chore. By moving your body, waking up every cell, and increasing blood flow and immune function you will feel rejuvenated and awake. Yoga allows you to tap into an energy source in your mind and body that is far too often dormant.