Neurofeedback Treatment of Depression and Anxiety

Abstract

A robust body of research documents that there are biological predispositions that often exist for depression, anxiety, and obsessive–compulsive disorder. However, new research has shown that medication is only mildly more effective than placebo in the treatment of these problems. In treating these conditions, neurofeedback (EEG biofeedback) may offer an alternative to invasive treatments such as medication, ECT, and intense levels of transcrancial magnetic stimulation. This paper reviews the neurofeedback literature with these problems, finding particularly positive research support for the treatment of anxiety disorders. New findings on the neurofeedback treatment of depression are presented.

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Hammond, D.C. Neurofeedback Treatment of Depression and Anxiety. J Adult Dev 12, 131–137 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10804-005-7029-5

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Keywords

  • Neurofeedback
  • EEG biofeedback
  • QEEG
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • OCD