Depression and Mood Disorders

There are many factors that contribute to depression and mood disorders. Events such as loss of a job, death of a friend, family member or a pet, break-up of a relationship, dissatisfaction with one’s performance, etc. can all cause periods of depressed mood states. These event-related disturbances in mood are generally transient and one gets on with life. Neurologically-based mood disorders, on the other hand, persist and predispose one to have more prolonged or more intense reactions to emotional events. Some depressed mood states are characterized by intense feelings of sadness or hopelessness, others by burn-out and fatigue and still others by feelings of disinterest, emptiness and flat emotional states. Bipolar conditions, on the other hand, often involve periods of intense depression alternating with periods of hyper-arousal. The hyper-arousal periods can be problematic episodes of uncontrolled spending, unrealistic projects or abrasive interpersonal engagement.

All of the mood disorders have identifiable brainwave patterns that permit very precise diagnoses and more importantly point out precisely how the neurotherapist should proceed to correct the problem. Some forms of depression are associated with imbalances in the frontal regions of the brain such as when Beta amplitude is considerably greater in the right frontal cortex relative to the left. Other forms of depression are associated with deficits of slow frequency brainwave amplitude in the back of the brain. Bipolar conditions are usually associated with brainwave anomalies in both the front and the back of the brain. A brain map by a qualified neurotherapist is the first step toward treating depression without dangerous drugs.