Depression

About the Symptoms of Depression:
The symptoms of depression can range from  feelings of low self-esteem, sadness, despair, discouragement, withdrawal from interpersonal contact, and can also be associated with insomnia and loss of appetite. Excitatory programs have been used in a clinical setting as a symptom intervention for depression, and were found to increase brainwave amplitude frequency and improve mood. A recent study  found that EEG-driven light stimulation  enhanced the  alpha rhythm of brainwaves and  improved the patients general depressive symptoms connected to cardiac parasympathetic suppression and sympathetic predominance (Kumano, Horie,  Shidara, Kuboki, & Suematsu; 1996).

Suggested programs that may address some of the symptoms of Depression:
(7) Excitatory                           35 minutes
(8) Excitatory                           21 minutes
(9) Intermediate Excitatory      28 minutes
(10) Advanced Excitatory        35 minutes


Brain Stimulation Utilizing Light and Sound Technology/Depression
Ruth Olmstead, Ph.D.

Light and Sound Stimulation, also known as brain wave entrainment, has been found to increase brain activity through computer technology using varied flickering white lights placed over the eyes, and through the use of specified sounds and tones heard while wearing headphones.

The rate of the flickering light causes the brain waves to "entrain" or match any set fequency to a more appropriate rate, such as beta, alpha, or theta, depending on the desired results. At certain frequencies, this flickering can cause a major reduction of anxiety and induce deep mental and physical relaxation. This stimulation also increases the release of certain known neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, acetylcholine, norepinephrine, and endorphin. Endorphin, which is an amino acid secreted in the brain, has a pain-relieving effect like that of morphine and lowers pain intensity. Reseach suggests this endorphin release reduces depression and aids emotional stability, giving one a calmer, more restful approach to life.

Clinical studies show Light and Sound Stimulation promote significant reduction in stress and excessive tension while increasing personal realization and cognitive awareness, resulting in improved academic performance. Preliminary studies with children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) found significant increases in memory, comprehension, and concentration skills with overall improved academic performance when undergoing Light and Sound Stimulation.

Research evaluating the effects produced by Light and Sound Stimulation have indicated:

  • Increased deep mental and physical relaxation that lowers tension and reduces the effect of pain
  • Improved long- and short-term memory
  • Increased IQ scores
  • Increased ability to focus and concentrate
  • Decreased fatigue
  • Improved academic performance
  • Improved self-confidence
  • Increased right/left visual/spacial integration
  • Greatly increased creativity and ideas with attendant application
  • Improved decision making and holistic problem solving
  • Light and Sound Stimulation and Brainwave Entrainment also aids in reducing the frequency of headache and Migraine Cephalgia, insomnia, and occurrences of anxiety and depression.

 

Disclaimer: These programs were not designed to be a substitute for medication, or behavioral therapy. Please contact a licensed therapist or mental health care professional for severe symptoms.