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New Study Shows Help for Depression

In Press: Frontiers in Neuroscience (July 2009)
Overcoming Depression through Brain State Conditioning

Vijendra K. Singh and Lee Gerdes
Brain State International Research Center, Brain State Technologies Inc.

Depression or major depressive disorder (MDD) is a very serious medical illness affecting an estimated 25 million Americans and millions more worldwide. It significantly changes an individual’s ability to function on a daily basis. Symptoms include persistently sad or irritable mood, pronounced changes in sleep, appetite, and energy, difficulty thinking, concentrating, and remembering, physical slowing or agitation, lack of interest in, or pleasure from, activities that were once enjoyed, feelings of guilt, worthlessness, hopelessness, and emptiness, recurrent thoughts of death or suicide and persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain. The cause of depression is not very well understood, but the disorder has a neurobiological basis (Mayberg, 2007). We hypothesized that depressed individuals have an imbalance in the brain (Gerdes, 2008) and conducted a pilot study of brain training using brain state conditioning (BSC). We found that depressive tendencies can be suppressed by BSC.
The study included four subjects (two males, aged 35 and 38 years, and two females, aged 41 and 60 years). Their goal was to overcome depression and improve sleep deprivation, cognitive performance, social interaction, decision making, attention and focus, drug addiction and dependency, motivation, mood stabilization, happiness and well-being, and physical health and balance. Depressed subjects were recruited by telephone interview, followed by the completion of an objective survey. To administer BSC, subjects were given an initial assessment of about 60 min. during which their brains were mapped, followed by four to six consecutive sessions of 90 min. each spread over two to five days. They were asked to complete Beck’s Inventory pre-BSC and post-BSC (Beck, 1996). Our observations were recorded and stored in a computer database and subsequently analyzed. The method of BSC was according to Gerdes (2008).
After the administration of BSC, all four subjects showed positive outcomes, including reduction of Beck’s Inventory score. The response to BSC was divided into two test scores: (i) BAI score for anxiety behavior; and (ii) BDI-II score for depressive behavior. Despite individual differences, all four subjects responded to BSC and showed noticeable reduction in the two test scores. The BAI score for anxiety was reduced by 54 to 100%. The BDI-II score for depression was reduced by 43% in subject code #2 and 80 to 95% in subject code #1, #3 and #4. Reduction in these test scores is a direct reflection of their response to BSC and the depressive tendencies were either completely diminished or significantly suppressed. Their sleep improved and they also showed lower level of stress, anxiety, and substance abuse.
Depression has a neuroanatomical basis (Mayberg, 2007). Patients with depression show dysfunctional neuronal systems in the prefrontal cortex, anterior cingulate cortex, temporal cortex and basal ganglia (Mayberg, 2007). They also showed neuronal loss in the hippocampus (McMaster et al., 2008) and low levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) (Sen et al., 2008). Since the hippocampus is the primary brain region involved in memory function, hippocampal loss of neurons may explain cognitive decline in patients with depression. Amongst all mental health issues, depression is the single most common problem in adults. The disorder is no longer restricted to adults since many children are also diagnosed with depression. Although depression has a common clinical presentation, symptoms vary from one patient to another, which may imply that depression is a heterogeneous disorder possibly comprised of subsets. This also means that no single treatment will be solely effective for depression and each subset will require highly personalized modalities. In this respect, we suggest that BSC is a novel approach to brain training for alleviating the suffering from depression.
Acknowledgment: We thank the entire BST staff for their help with this study.
References
Beck, A. T. (1996). Beck’s Anxiety Inventory (BAI) and Beck’s Depression Inventory, 2nd Edition (BDI-II), The Psychological Corporation, Harcourt Brace & Company, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Gerdes, L. (2008). Limitless You: the infinite possibilities of a balanced brain. (Vancouver BC., Canada, Namaste Publishing ), pp. 1-281.
MacMaster, F. P., Mirza, Y., and Szeszko, P. R. (2008). Amygdala and hippocampal volumes in familial onset major depressive disorder. Biol. Psychiatr. 63, 385-390.
Mayberg, H. (2007). Brain pathway may underlie depression. Sci. Am. 17, 26-31.
Sen, S., Duman, R., and Sanacora, G. (2008). Serum brain-derived neurotrophic factor, depression, and antidepressant medications: meta-analysis and implications. Biol. Psychiatr. 64, 527-532.

In Press: Frontiers in Neuroscience (July 2009)
Overcoming Depression through Brain State Conditioning

Vijendra K. Singh and Lee Gerdes
Brain State International Research Center, Brain State Technologies Inc.

Depression or major depressive disorder (MDD) is a very serious medical illness affecting an estimated 25 million Americans and millions more worldwide. It significantly changes an individual’s ability to function on a daily basis. Symptoms include persistently sad or irritable mood, pronounced changes in sleep, appetite, and energy, difficulty thinking, concentrating, and remembering, physical slowing or agitation, lack of interest in, or pleasure from, activities that were once enjoyed, feelings of guilt, worthlessness, hopelessness, and emptiness, recurrent thoughts of death or suicide and persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain. The cause of depression is not very well understood, but the disorder has a neurobiological basis (Mayberg, 2007). We hypothesized that depressed individuals have an imbalance in the brain (Gerdes, 2008) and conducted a pilot study of brain training using brain state conditioning (BSC). We found that depressive tendencies can be suppressed by BSC.
The study included four subjects (two males, aged 35 and 38 years, and two females, aged 41 and 60 years). Their goal was to overcome depression and improve sleep deprivation, cognitive performance, social interaction, decision making, attention and focus, drug addiction and dependency, motivation, mood stabilization, happiness and well-being, and physical health and balance. Depressed subjects were recruited by telephone interview, followed by the completion of an objective survey. To administer BSC, subjects were given an initial assessment of about 60 min. during which their brains were mapped, followed by four to six consecutive sessions of 90 min. each spread over two to five days. They were asked to complete Beck’s Inventory pre-BSC and post-BSC (Beck, 1996). Our observations were recorded and stored in a computer database and subsequently analyzed. The method of BSC was according to Gerdes (2008).
After the administration of BSC, all four subjects showed positive outcomes, including reduction of Beck’s Inventory score. The response to BSC was divided into two test scores: (i) BAI score for anxiety behavior; and (ii) BDI-II score for depressive behavior. Despite individual differences, all four subjects responded to BSC and showed noticeable reduction in the two test scores. The BAI score for anxiety was reduced by 54 to 100%. The BDI-II score for depression was reduced by 43% in subject code #2 and 80 to 95% in subject code #1, #3 and #4. Reduction in these test scores is a direct reflection of their response to BSC and the depressive tendencies were either completely diminished or significantly suppressed. Their sleep improved and they also showed lower level of stress, anxiety, and substance abuse.
Depression has a neuroanatomical basis (Mayberg, 2007). Patients with depression show dysfunctional neuronal systems in the prefrontal cortex, anterior cingulate cortex, temporal cortex and basal ganglia (Mayberg, 2007). They also showed neuronal loss in the hippocampus (McMaster et al., 2008) and low levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) (Sen et al., 2008). Since the hippocampus is the primary brain region involved in memory function, hippocampal loss of neurons may explain cognitive decline in patients with depression. Amongst all mental health issues, depression is the single most common problem in adults. The disorder is no longer restricted to adults since many children are also diagnosed with depression. Although depression has a common clinical presentation, symptoms vary from one patient to another, which may imply that depression is a heterogeneous disorder possibly comprised of subsets. This also means that no single treatment will be solely effective for depression and each subset will require highly personalized modalities. In this respect, we suggest that BSC is a novel approach to brain training for alleviating the suffering from depression.
Acknowledgment: We thank the entire BST staff for their help with this study.
References
Beck, A. T. (1996). Beck’s Anxiety Inventory (BAI) and Beck’s Depression Inventory, 2nd Edition (BDI-II), The Psychological Corporation, Harcourt Brace & Company, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Gerdes, L. (2008). Limitless You: the infinite possibilities of a balanced brain. (Vancouver BC., Canada, Namaste Publishing ), pp. 1-281.
MacMaster, F. P., Mirza, Y., and Szeszko, P. R. (2008). Amygdala and hippocampal volumes in familial onset major depressive disorder. Biol. Psychiatr. 63, 385-390.
Mayberg, H. (2007). Brain pathway may underlie depression. Sci. Am. 17, 26-31.
Sen, S., Duman, R., and Sanacora, G. (2008). Serum brain-derived neurotrophic factor, depression, and antidepressant medications: meta-analysis and implications. Biol. Psychiatr. 64, 527-532.

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We Teach People How to Calm and Quiet Their Brain On Their Own

Brain Training New Way to Combat Addiction, Anxiety & More

By Elaine de Valle

Published March 14, 2011

| Fox News Latino

Wynonna Judd credits it with curing her food addiction, and a growing number of people have turned to it as a way to curb unwanted behaviors and stress-related disorders.

Brain training, a relatively new, but growing treatment program, uses sophisticated computer technology and EEG equipment to balance the brain’s energy levels through neuro feedback systems and sound waves.

“Think of it as personal training for the mind, rather than the body,” said Dr. Francis Flynn, a clinical psychologist and addictions therapist.

“The brain is the control center for virtually everything that happens in the human body. When it is out of balance, that imbalance manifests in a myriad of ways,” Flynn said, mentioning addiction as one of the most common imbalances. “People eat or use drugs to silence the noise in their brain.

“Here, we teach people how to calm and quiet their brain on their own,” Flynn said.

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Today in Brain Training: February 25th, 2011

Geoff Cole | Brain Training Centers Of Florida | Masters III CertificationThe past three weeks have been very eventful at The Brain training Centers of Florida. We have been utilizing our brain wave optimization (aka brain state conditioning) technology licensed through Brain State technologies and cognitive behavioral therapy to help our clients overcome their issues.

These issues include but are not limited to; Alcohol/cocaine addiction, anxiety, panic attacks, ADD/ADHD, depression, weight loss, auditory processing issues, anger, and sleep issues.

We also performed stress and anxiety reduction protocol at the NewLife Expo. It has been another great couple of weeks here at The Brain Training Centers of Florida.

-Geoff Cole

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Today in Brain Training: January 8, 2011

This week at The Brain Training Centers of Florida utilizing Brain Wave Optimization (aka Brain State Conditioning) we have assisted clients recover and overcome the following issues;

Opiate Addiction, opiate withdrawal symptoms, depression, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Cocaine and XTC abuse and withdrawal, ADD and ADHD, focus, and sleep issues.

It has been another great week here at The Brain Training Centers of Florida!

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In Brain Training Today: December 22,2010

We are currently in the process of helping 14 different people with issues including but not limited to;

– Depression

– Eating disorders

– Relationship Issues (Divorce)

– Addiction Issues

– Alcohol Abuse Issues

– Cerebral Palsey

– Excess Anxiety Issues

– Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

– Anxiety and or Panic Attacks

– Opiate Withdrawal

Our clients are enjoying tremendous success and relief from these issues today in The Brain Training Centers of Florida. We utilize Brain Wave Optimization (aka Brain State Conditioning) combined with cognitive behavioral therapy to assist our clients in overcoming their issues. Please client testimonials at youtube (search The Brain Training Centers of Florida), here under “Testimonials” and a new testimonial at http://www.gasparinutrition.com/blog/?p=3270/

Happy Holidays

-Geoff Cole

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Sleep and Focus Issues Resolved

“I ACCOMPLISHED A GOAL ONLY A FEW HAVE ACHIEVED”

Justin Haines, Entreprenuer

“ At first when I heard of this technology I was a bit skeptical but after doing some research I decided to give it a try. I am a Mortgage Banker with some big opportunities ahead of me and with the lack of sleep and focus it would’ve been hard to achieve my goals. After my sessions with Brain State Technologies I found myself able to read a book without my mind wandering and my sleep improved drastically as well. It used to take me about 30minutes to fall asleep and I would wake up many times during the night. Now I am able to fall asleep within 10 minutes and rarely wake up during the night. Feeling rested and focused a few weeks later I accomplished a goal that every Mortgage Banker dreams about that only a few ever achieve. Here is my professional recommendation, if you want to be BETTER at anything Brain State Technologies will definitely help you get there! Thank you Brain State Technologies. “

As an affiliate of Brain State Technologies we have had many such successes with our clients. Please visit our website at http://www.braintrainingcentersfl.com

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In Brain Training Today: April 11, 2010

Here at the Brain Training Centers of Florida, we are brain training six different clients today. We are performing assessments (brain mappings) on two new clients today and brain wave optimization with real time balancing sessions on the other four. The issues we are helping our clients conquer today include but are not limited to; cocaine addiction, alcohol addiction, excess anxiety, anger issues, excess fear, adult children of alcoholics issues, sleep issues, and trauma issues.

The cocaine addict is drug and alcohol free for seven days now. The client reports feeling much better.

The alcohol addicted person relapsed yesterday. The client is back today with a new resolve to stay alcohol free.

Our other two clients report life changing improvement in their lives and are extremely happy with their brain training experience.

It is another great day here at the Brain Training Centers of Florida.

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