The positive effects of neurofeedback on depression and anxiety can make a difference in people’s lives. A number of studies concerning the benefits have been completed over the years. The results have varied, possibly due to the type of neurofeedback training used in the study. Neurofeedback involves training (or retraining) the brain to respond differently to different kinds of stimuli. There is no standardized training protocol. An approach developed by Dr. Sue Brown - NeurOptimal® - seems quite effective for depression, anxiety, affective disorders and even post-traumatic stress disorder. All forms of neurofeedback are types of biofeedback. The feedback is created by using sensors to measure brain waves and brain activity. A recent study was conducted in Canada by Drs. Linda Beckett and Janet McCulloch of the Kingston Institute of Psychotherapy and Neurofeedback. These physicians and their staff train over 350 people per week in the Kingston Clinic. The Beck Inventory was used in the study to gauge the positive effects of neurofeedback on depression and anxiety. The Beck Inventory consists of 21 groups of scored statements relating to depression and 21 groups related to anxiety. Higher scores indicate more severe symptoms. The study participants completed the inventory before training and again after 8 sessions. The average Beck depression inventory score went from just over 32 to less than 23 after 8 sessions. The average anxiety score went from 31 to 21 in the same amount of time. There were over 400 men and women of all ages participating in the study. The positive effects of neurofeedback on depression and anxiety have been compared to the benefits of anti-depressant drugs and cognitive behavior therapy. The doctors feel confident that the benefits are comparable. The training program may be just as effective as drugs or traditional forms of therapy. In some cases, the program may be more effective. It certainly presents a good option for people who prefer to avoid the drugs. Depressed or anxious feelings can interfere with people’s daily lives. The symptoms may make it impossible to enjoy activities or relationships. The positive effects of neurofeedback on depression and anxiety can help people enjoy life more. That’s the difference that the training program can make in a person’s life.
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