Treat Depression Using LENS Neurofeedback Therapy

LENS can help lift depression—sometimes even when it has been resistant to other treatments. Energy and motivation can also increase, and a client may once again experience a positive sense of health and well being.

I continue to feel better, more balanced, less anxious. More likely to be happy, less likely to be fixedly negative. I am having fewer headaches.

38 year old female: depression and anxiety

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It is estimated that one in ten American adults  is currently depressed, to varying degrees with varying impact on their lives.

LENS Neurofeedback treats depressionThe primary traditional treatments for depression have been medication and/or talk therapy, which often entail years of treatment.

Generally speaking, the cause of depression is some self-sustaining negative cyclic combination of a dysfunctional brain producing dysfunctional thoughts, and/or dysfunctional ruminating thoughts producing a dysfunctional brain. My friend and colleague, David Dubin, MD, says it is more the former than the latter, as one can think oneself into a depression, but cannot think oneself out of one.

Be that as it may, this could help explain why LENS Neurofeedback can be very effective in treating some cases of depression.

LENS is not diagnosis-based. LENS treats a dysfunctional brain; we are not treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc.

A functional brain produces the right brainwave and associated neurochemistry at the right time, in the right amount, for any given circumstance. A dysfunctional brain does not.

Neuroscientists believe that when the brain experiences significant stress or trauma it develops neurological gridlock. (Think major intersection with the traffic light not working.)

LENS Neurofeedback treats depressionLENS introduces brainwave feedback, in the form of an infinitesimal, imperceptible radio signal, that seems to nudge the brain out of the frozen, dysfunction neural gridlock to restore connectivity and communication within the brain itself. (Think of the same intersection with the traffic flowing smoothly as the traffic lights are restored.)

Using a computer metaphor: LENS seems to allow the brain to reboot, to optimize its own function. And, if the hardware is optimized, the software runs better.

LENS neurofeedback offers an entirely new approach to treating depression. Mild forms of depression can remit quickly, with some positive changes often seen within the first six sessions. LENS patients report feeling better and more energetic, having less negative thoughts, self-recrimination and self-blame.

Treatment with LENS for more severe depression is also generally successful; patients see improvement in their conditions in about 2/3rds of my cases, usually over a somewhat longer course of treatment.

What makes LENS even more remarkable is that the changes it induces are, most frequently, enduring.  LENS is not intended as an ongoing, lifetime treatment. Some patients choose to get tune-ups, at whatever frequency they choose.

Increase in energy. I want to go to the gym. Started throwing out old things instead of keeping them. Sleeping better, much more alert, thinking clearer, thinking outside the box. Not letting things bother me any more, or as much.

54 year old female: depression, fatigue

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