This study of Deep Brain Stimulation for the treatment of depression failed to show an effect. Unlike Deep Brain Stimulation, neurofeedback a non-invasive treatment that has a good record of treating depression. Since long-term depression has been linked to risk of increased overall health problems and Alzheimers, Early and effective management should be instituted. For those who prefer a medication-free route, neurofeedback is an excellent alternative.
“Restoring the Brain: Neurofeedback as an Integrative Approach to Health” has been published. I wrote a chapter about successfully applying neurofeedback to treat patients with conditions that are not necessarily thought of as being primarily brain based. These included chronic pain, fibromyalgia, diabetes, asthma, and gastrointestinal problems, as well as traumatic brain injury, seizure disorder, autism, ADD/ADHD, and headache. It was an honor to participate in the effort that produced such a fine book. For those who care to find out more about the history, theoretical underpinnings, and application of neurofeedback, “Restoring the Brain” is an excellent resource.
As a family practitioner in the 1980s and 1990s, I would frequently encounter patients with symptoms that I could not explain or otherwise account for. I would spend a lot of time trying to help them feel better, but often all I could do was to be a patient and supportive listener. It was frustrating to realize that someone who I truly wanted to help had a brain that was wounded in ways that were difficult, if not impossible, to heal.
As the following article points out, the profound effect that childhood adversity and stress can have on brain and physical health is now well recognized. I am delighted that I now have a wonderful tool, neurofeedback, for helping many who have suffered through adversity.