Healing from depression.
During the last
several decades, depression has emerged as a central mental health issue in
our society. It has been estimated
that about 14% of the general population will experience depression at some
point in their lives, and that about twice as many women as men will be
Most people have felt sad
or depressed at times. Feeling depressed can be a normal reaction to loss,
life's struggles, or an injured self-esteem. But when feelings of intense
sadness -- including feeling helpless, hopeless, and worthless --
last for days to weeks and keep you from functioning normally, your depression
may be something more than sadness.
“My life was out of control and I could
barely function – even with simple tasks. I was constantly reaching for
something to make me feel better – coffee, food, alcohol and pills. After
every binge I would promise myself it was the last time, but instead I
found myself ‘quitting’ my self-destructive habits every week. My mood
swings were becoming noticeable to others. The highs were short-lived and
the lows seemed to last forever, leaving me feeling hopeless, depressed and
anxious. I had a constant, unexplainable underlying tension, putting me on
perpetual edge. During my first Neurointegration session my body felt calm
and I was able to release deep unconscious material that had been haunting
me for years. As my session progressed, I found myself less reactive, the
constant ruminations had finally stopped, and I felt more grounded in my
body. This new space allowed me to step away from destructive looping
patterns that had once dominated my life and gave me the ability to create
a new, happier and healthy way of being.”
What is depression?
People with depressive illnesses do not all
experience the same symptoms. How severe they are, how frequent, and how
long they last varies. It depends on the individual and his or her
particular illness. Here are common symptoms people with depression
difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
fatigue and decreased energy
feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
insomnia, early morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including
no pleasure left in life any more
overeating or appetite loss
persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems
that do not ease even with treatment
persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings
thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
A qEEG brainmap can reveal your predisposition for
evidence exists that there is often a neurophysiological basis for your depression,
particularly in people with a family history of depression. Neuroscientists
have discovered a particular brainwave pattern that allows us to identify
individuals with a biological predisposition for developing depression.
The left frontal area
of your brain is associated with positive emotions and a desire to be
involved with other people. The right frontal area of your brain is more
associated with depression and fear, accompanied by motivation to withdraw
from and avoid other people.
When there is more
alpha brainwave activity in your left area, this part of the brain is more
inactive and your right area is more dominant, causing brainwave asymmetry.
You become depressed more easily, withdraw from other people, and are
anxious. This may occur because of family history or because you had a
concussion or mild head injury in the left area which produced the slowing.
High alpha magnitude
on the left with depression
Part of a brain map
from two different people is shown above. The map on the left is from a
child with depression. You can clearly see in the left area that there is
an excess of slow, alpha brainwave activity (which is colored red). This is
the asymmetry pattern that is classically associated with a vulnerability
to depression. In contrast, the brain map on the right displays how a
relatively normal map would look, without any excess or serious deficit.
Medication is not the answer.
Research has found
that anti-depressants do not correct the type of brainwave patterns that we
see above on the left. So medication doesn’t seem to cure the underlying
biological predisposition for becoming easily depressed when unpleasant
life circumstances happen in your life. There is also new evidence that has
found that on average, antidepressant medications only have an 18% effect
over and above placebo effects. See recent 2008 clinical
Advanced Neurofeedback can reverse depression.
research shows that neurofeedback treatments for depression are very
promising not only in bringing relief from its symptoms, but in modifying
the underlying predisposition for becoming depressed. Neurofeedback focuses
on retraining the brain, reversing the brainwave asymmetry, with the goal
to produce permanent changes that do not require you to stay on medication
indefinitely. See recent 2010
clinical study. Photic lights stimulate the brain to experience more
positive emotions immediately.