Depression and connection BrainwaveAs someone who has suffered numerous bouts of depression in addition to the years, I know what suffering is a long and debilitating condition of life is shrinking. During these years, I have often suffered from a sense that life is meaningless and tried all kinds of things to get rid of me that feeling: exercise, diet, vitamins, St. Johns Wort, recreational drugs, chocolate, holidays, shopping, romance, therapy, positive affirmations, prayer, and so on .
Clinical depression is largely considered a symptom resulting from depletion of serotonin in the body. Serotonin is responsible for managing pain neurotransmitter and is regulated by the brain. When serotonin levels are low, our immune system gets depressed, our ability to sleep is very disturbed, and our pain threshold, both physically and mentally is very low.
To counter the symptoms of depression due to low levels of serotonin anti-depressants (Prozac, Luvox, Paxil, and Zoloft, to name a few) have been the quick fix medical prescription of choice. In fact it has been estimated that nearly 50 of all adult Americans have been prescribed antidepressants at least once in their lives, but the percentage that can claim a cure against depression take is comparatively low. For those who do derive some relief from one of these drugs, it is often only after trying a few different types and suffer side effects.
During the late 70’s and 80’s there was a huge research on mind, brain, and brainwave frequencies. What was discovered was that the different brainwave frequencies affect not only the mental state of a person but also physical condition. What this means is that for different brainwave states, the brain signals the body to increase or decrease their neurotransmitters, hormones and endorphins. For example, when a person brainwave frequency goes from the high state beta to alpha less state, the brain signals the body to reduce cortisol (degenerative, the stress hormone), while increasing serotonin levels.
This is vital good news for anyone suffering from depression, because there are techniques that a person suffering from depression can learn to naturally increase your serotonin levels. They must get their brainwave frequency to enter the alpha state. It is demanding technical and maybe it sounds, especially if you are in the dark, discouraged rather than depression, but it is not. In fact, the techniques require very little effort, requiring a relaxation.
The alpha brainwave state is a relaxation of light. In general, the short life of the state is at bedtime. In order to enter the alpha state and maintain what we simply need effective relaxation technique. One of the most successful techniques to do is meditation. Meditation is known to alter brainwave frequencies professionals, and thus, the meditator has many health benefits.
But meditation is a serious practice that is not conducive to everyone. Fortunately, another way to achieve this state of relaxation is through recordings and, in particular binaural beats (brain entrainment recordings). Binaural beats are specifically designed to take the listener on brainwave deeply relaxing and inducing neuro-chemical, biological responses positive states. As someone who has been used as a therapy for my depression, I can attest to its effectiveness and is amazing to me that care are relatively well, although unintentional, in secret.
For anyone who is suffering the debilitating effects of depression, I recommend that binaural beats a try.