Medication has become the go-to option for treating conditions like anxiety, depression, and ADHD. While medication may offer some relief, it also comes with a host of dangerous side effects. Neurofeedback is an alternative to medication is safe, and shown to be just as effective – if not more so – in treating conditions like anxiety and depression.
The Dangers of Medication
The use of psychiatric medication has increasingly become a popular treatment for mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. While these medications can be effective in relieving symptoms, they may also pose several dangerous side effects that can be life-threatening if not closely monitored.
One of the most common side effects of psychiatric medications is weight gain, which can lead to obesity and increase the risk of developing severe health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Other side effects may include sexual dysfunction, gastrointestinal issues, drowsiness, cognitive impairment, and addiction, among others.
More severe side effects that can occur in rare cases include suicidal thoughts and behaviors, mania or psychosis, seizures, and even death. These side effects have been associated with specific medications such as anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and mood stabilizers, among others.
The potential danger of psychiatric medications further lies in the fact that not all individuals respond the same way to these drugs. The dosage, duration, and type of medication may vary from person to person, depending on several factors such as age, gender, genetics, and the presence of other medical conditions.
Choosing the Right Provider
Moreover, the decision to take psychiatric medication should not be taken lightly. While psychiatric medication can be effective in treating mental health problems, individuals must be aware of the potential side effects and the risks involved. It is crucial to involve a qualified healthcare provider in the decision-making process and closely monitor any symptoms and side effects that may arise. Finally, medication should be used as part of a holistic treatment approach that includes other treatments to promote overall wellness and reduce the risk of side effects.
A Safer Option
A beneficial addition to treatment is neurofeedback therapy. Neurofeedback therapy is a non-invasive treatment method that can help individuals improve their mental and cognitive health. Unlike medication, neurofeedback therapy aims to address the root cause of mental health issues rather than just alleviating the symptoms.
By training the brain to change its patterns of activity, neurofeedback therapy can help individuals manage issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, and PTSD without the side effects of medication. Additionally, neurofeedback therapy can lead to long-term improvement in symptoms and decrease the likelihood of relapse compared to medication, which often requires a lifetime of use.
If you are looking for a safe and effective treatment option, or an alternative to medication, then neurofeedback is a great option to consider. It is non-invasive, painless, and does not involve any medication or harmful side effects. Instead, it helps the individual learn to regulate their own brain activity and improve their mental health and well-being. Plus, the effects of neurofeedback can be long-lasting and may even result in permanent changes to the brain’s function. Overall, neurofeedback is a promising alternative to medication for treating a range of mental health conditions. It offers a safe and effective way to improve brain function and reduce symptoms without the harmful side effects of medication.
Where do I find help?
Call us today at 919-721-4800 to see if neurofeedback is right for you, or schedule your in-person consult.
MyBrainDR is located in Raleigh, NC.