Neuro Therapy For Mental Health Issues
Anyone who has ever experienced depression, anxiety, or PTSD knows how debilitating and excruciating the symptoms can be. While these mental health issues and others can often be successfully managed and in some cases overcome with the right medication and therapy, many treatments—antidepressants, for example—take weeks to kick in. The long wait for relief from symptoms can seem intolerable, even with the recommended, added support of psychotherapy.
Neuro Therapy is a safe, non-invasive, and cutting-edge treatment that helps patients find relief faster, by expediting the brain’s own innate healing process. Mental health issues are typically an outward manifestation of a brain that is out of whack, either because of an accumulation of stress or substance-related damage. These factors can destabilize brain health, balance, and function. The good news is that in a great many cases, and with a little extra help, your brain can recover.
Who Can Benefit from Neuro Therapy?
In this section of our site, you’ll learn about some of the mental health issues that we can successfully treat using Neuro Therapy, which at Sun Health is a combination of neuromodulation and neurofeedback (depending on a patient’s treatment plan). You’ll also have an opportunity to explore the benefits of Neuro Therapy for people with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health conditions.
If you’re suffering from certain symptoms and are wondering whether neurotherapy can help you find relief, please don’t be ashamed to pick up the phone and call our offices right away. We want you to find relief as soon as possible and get answers you can trust.
“Before Neuro Therapy, I’d tried several antidepressants. Prozac, Lexapro, Zoloft, Wellbutrin—none of them worked. After just a couple sessions, I began to sleep better and feel calmer and more hopeful. ”– Mandy
Neuro Therapy For Depression
Neuro Therapy can relieve depressive symptoms for patients who are waiting for the therapeutic effects of a medication to kick in. As a non-invasive, non-pharmacological procedure, this treatment is also a promising option for people who either can’t tolerate antidepressants or have “treatment-resistant depression.”
Treatment-resistant depression affects 10-30 percent of people with major depressive disorder, according to research reported by the National Institutes of Mental Health. (Some researchers believe the number of people who suffer from treatment-resistant depression is over 30 percent.) Neuromodulation and neurofeedback can help.
How Does Neuro Therapy Work?
Thanks to a brain imaging technology known as an EEG, we can map the inside of your brain and see exactly what’s going on and where. If you’re suffering from depression or another mental health issue, typically there will be hyper or hypo-activation (too much or too little activity) in specific brain areas or networks. Depression is also associated with disruptions in neural connections and communications between specific key brain structures.
Electromagnetic stimulation can target this particular area and, a bit like a battery charger, recharge, revive, and even help build new connections within this neural network. Different types of neurostimulation can also turn certain circuitry on or off, depending on a patient’s main treatment issues and goals. In a 2017 study of the benefits of magnetic stimulation for treatment-resistant depression, two-thirds of patients who received this Neuro Therapy experienced relief from their depressive symptoms.
Does Neurofeedback Work for Anxiety and Depression?
Neurofeedback can help rewire the brain for better health and improve its ability for self-regulation. At the same time that it addresses their root cause, this treatment manages to alleviate symptoms like hopelessness, fatigue, low energy, sleep problems, and motivation.
Neuro Therapy For Anxiety
Neuro Therapy applies the same advancements in brain health technologies to help people who are suffering from the prolonged negative impact of stress. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health condition, and like depression, can be found and therapeutically targeted on an EEG (brain map).
From here, neurofeedback, biofeedback, and various forms of transcranial electrical stimulation—depending on the patient’s individualized needs—can significantly reduce anxiety symptoms. For instance, some research has concluded that neuromodulation is as effective for anxiety as the anti-anxiety and antidepressant medication Zoloft (sertraline). The difference: patients usually have to wait significantly longer for Zoloft to start helping.
Neuro Therapy For PTSD
PTSD, or “post-traumatic stress disorder,” is a complex condition that can be difficult to treat for various reasons. Research suggests that Neuro Therapy can be a promising treatment solution, whether as an alternative to more traditional treatment or as an adjunct to medication and psychotherapy. For example, neurofeedback provides real-time monitoring of brain activity and positive feedback and reinforcement for desired responses to certain stimuli.
How Does Neurofeedback Help PTSD?
This process teaches the brain how to rewire itself for greater calm, focus, and mental and emotional self-regulation. In this sense, neuromodulation and neurofeedback literally help the brain change itself for the better.
Neuro Therapy For ADHD
There is ample evidence to show that neurofeedback is an effective treatment for ADHD and the symptoms that often accompany it, including insomnia, anxiety, and depression. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended neurofeedback as an effective, non-pharmacological treatment for children and adolescents, but its benefits extend to adults as well. At Sun Health, patients with ADHD often respond well to Neuro Therapy sessions. In an initial consultation, we will:
- Discuss and assess problematic symptoms
- Administer an EEG and identify the source of these symptoms in the brain
- Tailor an individualized treatment plan to address these symptoms and restore brain health