Depression is a real problem in our country. We are seeing more and more people dealing with
depression that are coming into our office. Some of these people coming in for help include
elementary aged children. The CDC reports 24 million Americans deal with some type of
depression. Mercola, one of the leading internet health sites, reported that between 1999-2014
antidepressant use in the United States rose by 65%. It has also been reported that almost 1 in
8 Americans over the age of 12 are on an antidepressant.

First, lets define depression. We all have good times and bad. It is when the bad becomes
chronic and dramatically outweighs the good that we have to take action. When sadness,
fatigue and little/no happiness occur, we have to be concerned. This is especially true when
people are having suicidal thoughts. Many times the people closest to the depressed person
can tell there are issues first.

Second, lets figure out what we can do about the depression. We help people with non-drug
management of neurobehavioral issues like depression. Most forms of depression we see have
a specific neurological finding. The alpha waves of the brain (8-12 hertz) have a lot to do with
emotions. People who don’t make much alpha wave are prone to depression. If we find that
someone’s alpha is low (on a brain map), we can often raise it with a form of computerized
therapy called neurofeedback. We have used this for almost a decade with great success.

While we are not anti-medication, antidepressants are rarely the long term answer to the
depression problem. Exercise, vitamin d optimization and probiotics are all good first steps
when dealing with depression. If these interventions don’t help, we recommend a brain map.
Brain maps are a 15 minute, non-invasive, EEG analysis of brain function.

Let us know if we can help in any way. Brain maps help find if there is a neurological reason
behind the depressive symptoms a person is experiencing. Brain maps can also lead to
targeted care of the weak or unbalanced area in the brain. To get more information or to
schedule a brain map, contact us at The Martin Clinic at 770.237.3970. You can also check out
our office at themartinclinic.com.