Self-Esteem Issues? Here is a solution to consider.
A study published in the journal Neuroimage: Clinical found that patients with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), who had recovered from symptoms, were able to strengthen some of their brain connections whilst thinking about guilt-evoking memories, thereby increasing their self-esteem.
The research showed that connectivity between certain brain regions – previously found to be decreased when feeling guilt in people with a history of depression – could be strengthened in a single session of neurofeedback training
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), also known as depression, is a mental disorder caused by a set of social, psychological and biological factors. Its symptoms are characterized by the continuous loss of interest and pleasure in daily life and the prevalence of negative feelings such as low mood, self-blame, and low self-esteem.
According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), last year, depression already affected more than 300 million people in the world, becoming the most disabling disease of contemporary times. Considering the seriousness of the problem in global public health, the medical and scientific communities are increasingly seeking to understand the depressive disorder, aiming at the development of new therapies and improvement of patients’ quality of life.
the recently published paper was based on the scientific finding that people with depression, even when recovered from symptoms, showed less connectivity between two specific brain areas while experiencing feelings of guilt.
The study tested the possibility of strengthening these connections through neurofeedback, a program that allows participants to observe and modify their brain activities in real-time. At the early stages the result was quite remarkable: in just one training session, participants already demonstrated a stronger connection between the mentioned areas and reported an increase in self-esteem after the neurofeedback interaction.
While the study was done on 28 people, the results were consistent and encouraging. The authors state that this research is the first step in developing a novel treatment for recurrent depression, but it was not intended to prove the efficacy of this approach, which will need to be investigated in future larger studies with longer follow-up observations.
Neurofeedback is a non-invasive, computer-based method for helping restore healthy brain function. The process has been around for over 50 years, is safe and has decades of research studies.
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