Overcoming Depression and Improving Self Esteem through Brain Based Therapy
Neurofeedback training can alter feelings of guilt and improve self-esteem in those with depressive disorders. This was determined form a study in the journal Neuroimage: Clinical.
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 after neurofeedback sessions. (Source: D’Or Institute for Research and Education)
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.
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 right anterior superior temporal (ATL) and the anterior subgenual cingulate (SCC).
Based on this “neural signature” on patients’ brains, 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. Although 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.
In fact, there are decades of research studies that show neurofeedback is an effective tool for improving depression and it's symptoms. Neurofeedback trains the brain by guiding it back into healthy ranges through reward behavior and conditioning, a process knows are neuroplasticity.
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You can read about the full study here: (https://neurosciencenews.com/neurofeedback-depression-15058/).
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