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Ending Mood Disorders Without Drugs

Making Mental Waves. The four types of brain waves linked to mood disorders–beta, SMR (sensorimotor rhythm), alpha, and theta–correspond to different problems and conditions.

Beta waves (15-18 Hz) occur when fully awake, with eyes open and our concentration fixed on something. Considered a measure of arousal, higher frequencies (21-30 Hz) indicate anxiety and obsessions. Therapists often reward beta-wave activity to relieve depression or to improve concentration in individuals with ADHD.

SMR waves (12-15 Hz) indicate calm attention with physical inactivity. Hyperactive children learn to calm down by increasing their ability to generate SMR waves.

Alpha waves (8-12 Hz), when recorded with eyes closed, are an indicator of relaxed wakefulness and meditative states. Excessive alpha activity on the left side of the brain may indicate depression. Treatment focuses on reducing left frontal alpha wave activity while increasing left frontal beta wave activity.

Theta waves (4-7 Hz) are associated with light, healthy sleep. Although the normal adult produces no theta rhythm while awake, these frequencies are important in infancy, childhood, and young adults, and they indicate pleasure. Children with concentration problems often have excessive theta activity in the front of their brains. They appear awake in class, trying to concentrate, but their brain is literally half-asleep. Neurofeedback corrects this by teaching the child how to reduce theta waves.

Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT) is a new accelerated form of psychotherapy developed by Steven Vazquez, PhD, a practicing therapist for 25 years. It combines the use of colored lights, eye movement and stimulation, and brain-wave entrainment with psychotherapy for rapid relief of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and physical pain. Relatively new, the best source of information on ETT is lightworkassociates.com.

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11:27AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Thank you.

11:51AM PDT on Aug 21, 2010

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9:40PM PDT on Apr 24, 2010

I'm a nurse, and I believe that sometimes medications can help, but not for long term. If one is aware of their moods, that's half the battle. Sometimes, everyday positive activities can boost your mood.

2:24PM PST on Dec 26, 2009

In your statement, "Fifty percent of depressed and bipolar patients experience no improvement with antidepressants" you failed to cite your resource. In fact there is only one citation throughout the article. When recommending a therapy citations should prevail.

10:40AM PDT on Jul 1, 2009

PLEASE be conscious of what you are doing when you agree to take antidepressants! I have been on them for 25 years, not because I need them (but who knows?) but because I cannot get off them! I have tried to taper down sloly and I still cannot get rid of the last 5mg's or so. They screw up your brain's ability to make it's own neurotransmitters.
Don't get stuck on the antidepressant merry go round! Try natural remedies first. Excecise is a really good way to shrug off depression! If you need them, take them to be sure. They have been known to save lives when depression gets so bad you don't want to live anymore. But short of that, I say avoid them if you possibly can!

8:44PM PDT on Jun 14, 2009

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8:29AM PDT on Jun 4, 2009

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11:39AM PDT on May 24, 2009

The issue for me is that all "mental illness" is being treated as one disease. There are many types of serious depression and anxiety; however, we are just coming out of the ice age as a culture in terms of understanding the complexities of the mind. While there are abuses of medications, that does not mean we must discount the many people who have been literally saved from suicide by these medicines. That does not mean that if you have a mood swing people must run out to get drugs. Trust me, people who know what real depression/anxiety/etc. is would be grateful for a simple mood swing. I appreciate the recommendations of this article for general healthy living, but "eat right, exercise 5 times a week" is something that someone facing mental illness has heard and probably follows as much if not more than others. While I take as little as is necessary, medicine is what allows me to live a healthy and active lifestyle. It's not the mind-numbing, personality altering pill of teh past. We need to move on from our cultural naivity of mental illnesses.

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