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Today in Brain Training: Peace in the Middle of the Anxiety Storm…

A client reports, after 10 sessions, that her appetite for food and life have opened up again, she’s now enjoying quality sleep without the aide of any medicines, and she’s got a calm sense of confidence even though she’s navigating through a very difficult personal matter (storm). Here is her survey report:Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 2.59.25 PM

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Factors that may contribute to long-term and recurring depressions

New scientific research from London may provide a key into the recent success of a South Florida firm assisting individuals with long-term and previously intractable depressions.

Individuals with histories of childhood abuse or mistreatment are twice as likely to develop multiple and long-lasting depressive episodes as those without such experiences, according to a new report by a Psychiatry team from King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry and published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

The British researchers studied 16 epidemiological studies involving more than 20,000 participants and 10 clinical trials involving more than 3,000 participants. At present, one in ten children exposed to maltreatment – psychological, physical or sexual abuse or neglect – and the World Health Organization predicts that by 2020 depression will be the second leading contributor to the cost of disease across all ages. Significantly, individuals with multiple and long-lasting depressive episodes represent the largest societal impact of depression.

While previous studies have shown that maltreated individuals are more likely to show abnormalities in biological systems sensitive to psychological stress – the brain, the endocrine, and the immune systems – both in childhood and adult life, and they may have important clinical implications.

Helping Child Abuse Victims - Brain Training Centers “Identifying those at risk of multiple and long lasting depressive episodes is crucial from a public health perspective,” notes Dr. Andrea Danese, senior investigator of the King’s study. “The results indicate that childhood maltreatment is associated both with an increased risk of developing recurrent and persistent episodes of depression, and with an increased risk of responding poorly to treatment. Therefore prevention and early therapeutic interventions targeting childhood maltreatment could prove vital in helping prevent the major health burden owing to depression. Knowing that individuals with a history of maltreatment won’t respond as well to treatment may also be valuable for clinicians in determining patient’s prognosis,” she added.

Dr. Danese noted, “The biological abnormalities associated with childhood maltreatment could potentially explain why individuals with a history of maltreatment respond poorly to treatment for depression.”

“Our study has shown that antidepressant medication, psychological treatment and the combination of these two are less effective in those who have a history of childhood maltreatment,” noted Dr. Rudolf Uher, co-author of the article “Childhood Maltreatment Predicts Unfavorable Course of Illness and Treatment Outcome in Depression: A Meta-Analysis,” appearing in the August 14, 2011 edition of The American Journal of Psychiatry.

“Research on the brain is only now beginning to recognize the myriad of factors that may contribute to long-term and recurring depressions,” observed Francis J. (Skip) Flynn, Psy.D., director of clinical services of the Brain Training Centers of Florida. “So many of our clients with histories of long-term and recurring depressions report physical, emotional and sexual abuse in childhood or the fear that occurs when one grows up in a family with an alcohol or addicted or violent pattern that our experience reflects the British findings.

“More importantly, however, we’ve also found that using the tools of neurobiofeedback and individual counseling we are frequently able to assist clients in overcoming depression, sleeping better, and living without the stress of being perpetually hyper-vigilant,” said Flynn.

Flynn is careful to avoid making promises regarding individual clients, again noting the “multitude of factors – including childhood trauma – that may result in adult depression.

“Our experience, assisting dozens of clients with histories of chronic depression, appears to indicate that early life trauma affects the balance of brainwave activity throughout the brain,” notes Flynn. “By helping clients achieve a healthier balance of this activity, we have been able to assist many adults find significant and long-term relief from otherwise unresponsive depressions.”

Dr. Flynn is quick to emphasize that future research should emphasize biological and neurological changes associated with childhood abuse in all its forms.

Francis J. (Skip) Flynn, Psy. D.

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Brain State Conditioning

The human brain is creation’s greatest wonder!

At the Brain Training Centers of Florida, our goal is to help individuals discover and unleash their brains’ complete potential, allowing them to benefit themselves and the human community.

The Brain Training Centers of Florida employ brain wave optimization with real time balancing powered by Brain State Technologies ™, an individually tailored method of balancing, harmonizing and optimizing the brain.

This Brain State Technologies ™ method involves collecting and analyzing an individual’s brain waves and producing personalized exercises to balance and harmonize the brain – Brain Wave Optimization with real time balancing. ™.

Our integrated computer systems in Florida and Arizona create a neurofeedback plan designed to assist your brain in achieving an optimal level of balance – homoeostasis. We will then assist you in moving toward specific goals by developing neurofeedback training protocols and exercises designed to enhance your life and overall emotional fitness.

At approximately three pounds and containing 100 billion neurons or brain cells, each with 1,000 to 10,000 and an average of 7,000 synapses or connections to other neurons, the adult human brain has between one and five quadrillion connections – 1,000,000,000,000,000 – 5,000,000,000,000,000 synapses.

Brain cells communicate in a process that begins with an electrical signal and ends with a neurotransmitter from the “sending” brain cell binding to a receptor on the “receiving” neuron. It lasts less than a thousandth of a second, and is repeated billions of times daily in each of the human brain’s 100 billion neurons

It is the inexpressible complexity of these electro-chemical connections that allow us to explore other planets, compose great operas and some not-so-great rock music, write novels and poems, and share love and affection while caring for ourselves and others.

The flow of energy among these quadrillions of cells makes us human and determines the quality of our emotional and intellectual lives, and, in many cases, how we feel physically.

Brain cells communicate among themselves with a conduction velocity action potential of 1.2 to 250 mph. These quadrillions of brain cells share their electro-chemical messages at a rate of about 10 impulses (signals) per second – producing roughly 10 quadrillion (1016) impulses or signals per second. All the while, the brain is constantly consuming between 10 and 25 watts of energy. When well-tuned and properly coordinated, this communication among the elements of the most complex computer network in the universe allows us to feel healthy and balanced, a sensation known in psychology as homeostasis.

Homeostasis also depends on balance – between similar structures on the right and left sides of the brain, along the midline of the brain, and between elements in the front and back of the brain.

This balance works much like the network of computers that control the engines and navigation systems and all the other elements of a $40 million 154 foot super yacht. Improperly operating computers – running too fast or too slow, failing to interpret important data, or scrambling critical messages – can throw this ship off course or keep it turning in circles in the middle of the Pacific.

The Brain Training Center of Florida provides an individually tailored method of balancing and optimizing your brain. Beginning with a personal assessment that will include more than 500 specific electroencephalogram readings, our ultra-state-of-the-art computer system will produce personalized exercises designed to optimize your brain’s functioning and establish homeostasis. Brain Wave Optimization with Real Time Balancing ™ is a form of neuro-feedback that uses the ratios of your brain waves to balance and harmonize the brain and enhance the brain’s performance. It is completely non-invasive; no drugs are involved; there is no movement of electricity into the brain or body; and, it involves no surgical procedures.

Our EEG readings allow our computers to convert brain energy into the best possible sound energy for your brain and encourage your brain to achieve optimal patterns using computer graphics and sound encouragement.

By combining cutting-edge brain science with continually updated computer programming, we help clients achieve optimal results in real time. During your first visit to the Brain Training Centers of Florida, your trainer will conduct an initial review of your goals and the areas of your life in which you would like to see improvement. An initial assessment and brain mapping will gather brain wave data from the brain. Our Brain State Technologies ™ proprietary software will use your goals, brain mapping and assessment data to produce an individualized brain training program.

In training, the computer will translate your data into sounds that represent the patterns in which your brain will function best in specific locations. Sounds may vary by note and/or volume based on the real-time functioning of your brain – in effect holding up a mirror to your brain to allow it to observe and correct itself.

Brain Training sessions usually last 90 and each session addresses 12 to 14 different sections of the brain. As you relax in a zero-gravity chair, you may be asked to focus on your breathing or to entertain a number of detailed visualizations. Our extremely sensitive electrodes will detect the intensity and frequency of brain waves in specific areas of your brain and our computers will translate this energy into sounds that represent optimal patterns for your brain at specific locations. These sounds will vary by note and volume based on how your brain is functioning and the computer’s real-time feedback will allow the brain to listen to itself and change or move in the direction of greater balance.

The Brain Training Center is a licensed affiliate of Brain State Technologies. Neither the Brain Training Center nor its staff diagnoses or treats illnesses of any kind. All services delivered by the Brain Training Center are provided only for the purpose of balancing and harmonizing brain activity.

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