Alternative treatments for depression
anonymous Asks ...
Can you use biofeedback to treat depression? My husband is not doing very well right now and he is resistant to taking medications so I am looking to find alternative treatments that might be helpful. If biofeedback (this was recommended to me by a friend) is not suitable, can you recommend an alternative treatment (non drug based) that might work for him. He is 42 and this is his first bout of depression. It just came out of the blue after he has been a very happy person for his whole life. He has been feeling down for about 2 months now and it is very clearly depression. Thank you for your advice and assistance. Cheryl.
Loren Gelberg-Goff Says ...
Cheryl, your question leads to a few additional questions... since this is your husband's first bout with depression, I'd like to ask if there have been some triggering events in his life that have led to this reaction. While there may be a biochemical imbalance, there may also be circumstances that have occurred that he is also reacting to that need to be addressed as well. Therapy with a qualified therapist would also be a recommendation. Not all therapists prescribe medications, so talking about what is happening in his life can prove to be very helpful and beneficial on many levels.
As for your interest in biofeedback... I would sooner recommend neurofeedback (you can get details about it at on my website www.wellfromwithin.com/neurofeedback.html or you can check out www.eeginfo.com) There are many benefits to neurofeedback and it has been shown to be helpful in dealing with depression, anxiety, and many other difficuties... I hope that this is helpful to you. Wishing you and your husband all the best.