Life Solutions: Depression

You are not alone! One out of six Americans will suffer from depression in their life-time, and it is estimated that 20 million adults in the United States suffer from depression each year.

Overcoming depression

Depression is not a sign of weakness. Depression is a sign of a brain condition. Depresssion refers to a persistent sad mood and/or loss of interest or pleasure in most activities. Usually depression includes some of the following symptoms:

  • Apathy about things, people or activities that were once satisfying.
  • Changes in appetite or weight.
  • Restlessness or decreased activity noticeable to others.
  • Loss of energy or feeling tired all the time.
  • Difficulty in concentrating or making decisions.
  • Feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt.
  • Haunting thoughts of death or suicide.

Of course life includes problems we don't anticipate or enjoy, and these problems can sometimes trigger depression. But sometimes depression seems to sneak up on us out of no where. Additionally, we know that for some people at certain times, depression can actually be a tool which their brains use to be more creative. Many of the masters in history in various fields (music, art, science), have been depressive types of people - using depression to cause their brains to be in a more creative state from time-to-time. The good news here is that there are different ways to train the brain to be creative, and ways other than drugs to train the brain to be activated out of a state of depression.

Pharmaceuticals used to treat depression work on the entire brain, when actually only a small part of the brain may need to be tuned-up in the depressed person. Thus, drugs for depression may create side affects that are new problems to the individula user, and one problem is simply replaced by another.

In most cases, brain state conditioning™ can enhance or replace anti-depressants, making the road to depression recovery much shorter - sometimes requiring only minutes to accomplish. Although there is no guaranteed brain state conditioning™ quick-fix for depression, there is a high percentage of success using brain state conditioning for people suffering depression. This success sometimes takes only 1 to 10 sessions to accomplish.

Studies concerning depression

  The effects of alpha/theta neurofeedback on personality and mood.
Raymond J, Varney C, Parkinson LA, Gruzelier JH. Brain Res Cogn Brain Res. 2005 May;23(2-3):287-92.
  Clinical use of an alpha asymmetry neurofeedback protocol in the treatment of mood disorders: Follow-up study one to five years post therapy.
Baehr, Elsa; Rosenfeld, J. Peter; Baehr, Rufus; Journal of Neurotherapy, Vol 4(4), 2001. pp. 11-18.
  An EEG biofeedback protocol for affective disorders.
Rosenfeld JP.
Clin Electroencephalogr. 2000 Jan;31(1):7-12. Review.
The state of EEG biofeedback therapy (EEG operant conditioning) in 2000: an editor's opinion.

Duffy FH.
Clin Electroencephalogr. 2000 Jan;31(1):V-VII.
The clinical use of an alpha asymmetry protocol in the neurofeedback treatment of depression: Two case studies.

Baehr, Elsa, Rosenfeld, J. P., Baehr, Rufus.
Journal of Neurotherapy , 1997 Fal-Win, v2 (n3):10-23.
Alpha-theta brainwave neurofeedback training: an effective treatment for male and female alcoholics with depressive symptoms.
Saxby E, Peniston EG
Journal of Clin Psychol 51 (5): 685-693 (Sep 1995)
EEG biofeedback training for bipolar disorder.
Othmer, S. & Othmer, S. (1995).
Presentation at 1995 Society for the Study of Neuronal Regulation, Scottsdale, AZ.
Self regulation of electrocortical activity in schizophrenia and schizotypy: a review.
Gruzelier J. Clin
Electroencephalogr. 2000 Jan;31(1):23-9. Review.


Sandy K., creative writer and mom
Phoenix, AZ

How do I begin to thank you for giving me back my life?

I have been depressed, in one form or another, for most of my adult life. Years of therapy and antidepressant use have helped at various times, but the underlying feeling of hopelessness and helplessness never really went away. I came to Brain State Technologies as a last resort. My marriage was crumbling and my children avoided telling me anything they thought would upset me. I felt that I lived my life walking on egg shells.

After the first session, I was feeling more hopefull than I could ever remember feeling. Family and friends started commenting that I seemed different ... I smiled more. After the 7th session I was thinking clearly, focusing on my writing and interacting with my family in a new and healthy way. My husband and I are working at re-establishing the marriage we once had. Thank you for giving me a fresh start.

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