Depression is a common illness in the United States, yet it continues to be poorly understood. There is also a stigma associated with seeking help for depression. It is estimated that almost 16 million Americans suffer from some kind of depression each year. Below are some facts about depression that you may have never known or thought about.
Researchers now believe that genetics and biology can play a role in the development of depression. Some people may be more prone to develop depression than others. If someone in your family suffered depression, you might be more likely to suffer from it as well.
There are several forms of depression. Seasonal affective disorder is when a person becomes depressed in the winter time because of short days and little sunlight. There is also postpartum depression, which can occur after a woman gives childbirth. A chronic form of depression is called persistent depressive disorder, which lasts for over 2 years. A person can be categorized as suffering from a major depressive disorder when they are sad or lose interest in activities for at least two weeks.
Depression not only impacts your mood, but also your physical health. It can weaken the immune system leading to sickness. Headaches, stomachaches, irritability, tension and shortness of breath are additional symptoms. Depression also causes significant loss of productivity at work. It has also been linked to an increase in workplace accidents and sickness among workers as well.
Neurocore is providing an alternative way to treat depression and other mental health issues such as anxiety, attention deceit disorder, insomnia and autism. There are eight Neurocore brain performance centers. Six of them are in Michigan and two are located in Florida.
One of the ways that Neurocore helps treat mental health issues and improve brain function is neurofeedback training. This involves monitoring the person’s brain activity while they are watching a movie or TV show. When a person’s brain activity is positive it is reinforced. When it is showing negative signs such as stress, the activity is stopped until the brain waves are once again more positive. Biofeedback training is also used at Neurocore to help relive stress, anxiety and improve attention.
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