Depression is known as a psychological condition marked by feelings of sadness, hopelessness, helplessness, pessimism, worthlessness , loss of interest in life, and reduced emotional well-being. A Clinical Depression is diagnosed when all these negative feelings and emotional states become so intense that they interfere with a person's ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and have fun.

Facts about Depression

•  There are70 million total cases of Depression in the USA, as estimated by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Health.

•  Annually, Major Depression affects 5% of the population, or 9.8 million Americans, aged 18 years and older.

•  A per year cost for treating Depression is estimated as 100 billion U.S. dollars.

•  Depression and other Mood Disorders account as much as 50% of a typical mental health practice.

•  80% of patient diagnosed with Depression respond to drugs, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two.

•  Depression is as disabling as heart disease or arthritis.

•  Depressed individuals are 18 times more likely to attempt suicide than people with no mental illness.

•  Depression affects people from any race or social class, but they are more common among singles and those who have no significant other.

•  Depression is more likely to occur in someone who has relatives with similar problems.


Signs of Depression

•  Disturbances of sleep, sex drive, energy level, appetite, and digestion

•  Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.

•  Loss of interest in daily activities or ability to enjoy former hobbies and social activities.

•  Appetite changes leading to s ignificant weight loss or weight gain.

•  Sleep changes manifested as insomnia or oversleeping (hypersomnia).

•  Feeling restless or slowed down.

•  Feeling fatigued and physically drained.

•  Feelings of worthlessness or guilt. Increased criticism of perceived faults and mistakes.

•  Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things.


Causes of Depression

•  Biological, including genetic;

•  Psychological;

•  Environmental;

•  A combination of the above;

•  Stroke, hormonal disorders, antihypertensives, and birth control pills can also cause Depression

BBO Center Solution for Depression

Neurfeedback ( Dr. Elena Labkovsky ). Patients learn to change their brainwave activity and develop brainwave pattern that allow them to improve their emotional and cognitive functioning and motivate themselves. Neurofeedback training leads to enhanced emotional wellbeing, better cognitive performance, enhanced self-confidence and improved social skills.