There are many different kinds of depression. Early life trauma, loss, and physiological deficiencies in feel good neurotransmitters (such as dopamine and serotonin) are all possibilities as to why depression creeps in. There is not one kind of depression, many are resistant to pharmacological intervention. We can determine, from the EEG and brain map, how unique depressive profiles appear in the brainwaves.
Due to the variety and causes of depression, a QEEG and report are very helpful for both the patient and the clinician. Once we have identified how your depressive symptoms express, physiologically, we are often successful in treating the origin of your symptoms. By altering the physiology of the depression, the psychology of the individual often follows suit.
Asymmetry reveals a difference in power of the brain. Alpha brainwaves communicate across the surface, yet also communicate with the midbrain structures of the thalamus, which is involved in sensory awareness. There is a correlation between an imbalance in the power (asymmetry) and negative mood.
Some research suggests that deficient power in the left frontal regions is related to depression (1).
1: An asymmetric inhibition model of hemispheric differences in emotional processing http://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00489
We deal with all kinds of conditions at our clinic. However, no one individual is the same, which is why a thorough assessment of what your condition is, is crucial to your success. We perform an intake procedure, including a QEEG, to all of our clients to ensure that they are receiving personalized treatment.