More than 19 million adults suffer with depression. If you are feeling overwhelmed, worn down, fatigued, sad, isolated, foggy brained, or disconnected, these are classic signs and symptoms that accompany depression.
What Is Depression?
This disorder is more than just the “blues,” or being “down in the dumps”. We all experience feelings of sadness from time to time, and this is normal and healthy. The problem arises when the sadness doesn’t stop, it doesn’t lift and it is not just temporary. This is when the problems can set in impacting every area of your life from eating and sleeping to your work, relationships and your sense of self.
Research at Keck Imaging Labs at the University of Wisconsin shows that depressed people experience a reduction of activity in the left side of the brain. This is the side responsible for engaging in positive moods. When the brainwaves are abnormal, your mood can become abnormal.
If you or someone you love have been depressed for more than two weeks, seek help immediately, especially if any thought of suicide are involved. Our psychotherapist will give you tests to diagnose the type of depression and refer you to our primary care team for medication. The medications will lift some of the depression and the psychotherapist can begin to work with you with therapy and with Neurofeedback to re-balance brain function and re-organize your life in a way that it works for you.
What is Causing Depression?
Depression can develop from a complex combination of factors. These include genetics, brain chemistry, lifestyle, environment, personality and the role that stress plays in exacerbating these elements, impacting key areas of the brain.
It is seen more as an end stage of anxiety that has been chronically triggered due to various factors. After ongoing worry, uncertainty, stress, anger or fear the body can only maintain high levels of central nervous system hyperarousal for only so long. Eventually the system begins to weaken and in response protects itself it slows down and starts to shut down. Just as an arm that receives an injury may become stiff to naturally reduce its use and allow for healing, the brain slows down to protect itself from exhausting its resources on anxiety.
When the left, prefrontal cortex is impacted, which operates to get us engaging in positive moods and effective social interactions, your mood can change. When the left side of the brain wave activity slows down we naturally pull away from others and lose interest in things. We want to withdraw to our bed and just lay there. Our moods become very negative. Energy is low. We either can’t sleep at all or we sleep too much. It is the way our biology protects itself when the stress and strain of life becomes overwhelming. A short mild depression is not necessarily a bad thing or abnormal for most people. But when it goes on for more than two weeks and begins to undermine our daily living, then it is a serious problem
While the negative effects of depression may feel like a random, unknown, and uncontrollable disease, there’s a lot you can do to successfully address the problem.
Depression disorders appear for specific reasons, often developing over time and have definite reasons why they persist. Once these reasons are identified and properly addressed, depression disorders, along with their sensations and symptoms, can be alleviated.
Here at Live Longer Medical we take a comprehensive approach to helping you address and alleviate depression. Our psychotherapist will give you tests to diagnose the type of depression and refer you to our primary care team for medication. The medications will lift some of the depression and the psychotherapist can begin to work with you with therapy and with Neurofeedback to re-balance brain function and re-organize your life in a way that it works for you.
- BrainCore Neurofeedback Brain Training will improve the function of your brain to normalize your response to stress and enhance brain health.
- Mental Health Counseling to identify the triggers and address them so they don’t continue to cause sadness and depression.
- Functional Brain Health to rebalance neurotransmitters, nutrients, blood sugar and oxygen uptake for optimized brain and body health and function.
- Medication as needed to manage the symptoms.
Why Live Longer Medical is different…
At our office we address your brain health with a comprehensive and personalized approach. We provide you with a plan, a partnership and a promise that will get to the root cause of your problem.
Our approach will thoroughly evaluate the biochemical and lifestyle factors that are connected to proper brain health and function. We provide brain mapping, psychosocial evaluations, functional testing and comprehensive care and support for our patients to determine the underlying cause of the problem instead of just focusing on symptoms.
By listening to your story and running the right testing we are able to offer you a very unique opportunity to get better. Our goal is to work with you to develop an easy to follow, life-long, strategy that can help you heal and thrive.