Tuesday, May 19, 2009

How brainwave entrainment helps to reduce depression

Depression, also defined as major depressive disorder by the American Psychiatric Association, is a mental disorder characterized by an all encompassing low mood accompanied by low self esteem, and loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities.

Major depression is a disabling condition which adversely affects a person's family, work or school life, sleeping and eating habits, and general health. In the United States, approximately 3.4% of people with major depression commit suicide, and up to 60% of all people who commit suicide have depression or another mood disorder.

Recently, scientists have found that depression is a slow wave disorder, meaning that those individuals tend to exhibit lower beta and more alpha and theta waves than normal people resulting in persistent fatigue feeling. Scientists have discovered also that depression involves too much activity in the right (emotional) hemisphere and too little activity in the left (logical) hemisphere leading to irrational or emotional reactions to otherwise trivial situations.

Many researches have found that depression can be reduced with brainwave stimulation. Correct this hemisphere imbalance is simple and the benefits are rapid with the use of brainwave entrainment. Often, the correction of this brainwave asymmetry using the depression reduction session is enough to bring Serotonin levels back to normal ones no matter the origin of depression (genetic, childhood experiences, etc.).

Dr. Norman Shealy found that 2 weeks of brainwave treatment was enough to lift 60% of subjects out of depression. The depressed volunteers showed not only a an increase of Serotonin, but also norepinephrine, dopamine and beta-endorphines.

In other study conducted by Dr. Kathy Berg and Dr. David Siever, 84% of the subject became
clinically non-depressed after the treatment with brainwaves and 100% of those treated experienced a significant reduction in depression.

Here in mentallion.com you can find a therapy in the following basic therapy section:
http://www.mentallion.com/basic.action#11000

and in the healing music section :
http://www.mentallion.com/relieve.action#depression
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These therapies consist of MP3s files with 15 minutes session with special beats and mixed music (this is the minimal doses more time may be required by serous cases). This session is designed to quickly and deeply correct the hemispheric imbalance of the listener, typical in depression. In addition, by using this session repeatedly, the mind of the listener will be trained to give the user more control over depression in the future without the need of this therapy.

Because this session presents separate stimulation to each brain hemisphere, headphones are required. It is important to make sure that your headphones are used correctly, with the right side on your right ear, and left side on your left ear.

To use this session, find a quiet place, be comfortable in a chair or lying down, close your eyes and enjoy the session.