DEPRESSION

An estimated one in ten Americans suffer from depression, an illness that affects both physical and mental well-being. Often chronic in nature, depression can be triggered by adverse life circumstances or occur simply "out of the blue." Frequently, a combination of genetic, psychological and environmental factors contribute to the onset of depression. Depression is much misunderstood by the public, yet it affects many people of all ages. It is estimated that one in five people will suffer from depression at some point in their lives.

“That's the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it's impossible to ever see the end.”
? Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

There is always hope. Depression blinds us to that fact.
If we can somehow hold on to our hope, just maybe we can find a way to get through.

Without emotion, man would be nothing but a biological computer. Love, joy, sorrow, fear, apprehension, anger,
satisfaction, and discontent provide
the meaning of human existence.
Arnold M. Ludwig---1980

First I want to warn you: this is a somewhat long letter.

Lately Melissa hasn't felt like herself. Her friends have noticed it, too. Lita was surprised when Melissa turned down her invitation to go to the mall last Saturday (Melissa could always be counted on for Retail Therapy!). There was really no reason not to go, but Melissa just didn't feel like it. Instead, she spent most of the weekend sleeping.

Staying in more than usual isn't the only change in Melissa. She's always been a really good student. But over the past couple of months her grades have fallen and she has trouble concentrating. She forgot to turn in a paper that was due and is having a hard time getting motivated to study for her finals.

Melissa feels tired all the time but has difficulty falling asleep. She's gained weight too. When her mother asks her what's wrong, Melissa just feels like crying. But she doesn't know why. Nothing particularly bad has happened. Yet she feels sad all the time and can't shake it.

Melissa may not realize it yet, but she is depressed.

“Imagine a society that subjects people to conditions that make them terribly unhappy then gives them the drugs to take away their unhappiness. Science fiction It is already happening to some extent in our own society. Instead of removing the conditions that make people depressed modern society gives them antidepressant drugs. In effect antidepressants are a means of modifying an individual's internal state in such a way as to enable him to tolerate social conditions that he would otherwise find intolerable.”
? Theodore Kaczynski

 

What causes depression?

Sometimes friends or family members recognize that someone is depressed. They may respond with love, kindness, or support, hoping that the sadness will soon pass.

But not everyone recognizes depression when it happens to someone they know.

Some people don't really understand about depression. For example, they may react to a depressed person's low energy with criticism, yelling at the person for acting lazy or not trying harder. Some people mistakenly believe that depression is just an attitude or a mood that a person can shake off. It's not that easy.

Sometimes even people who are depressed don't take their condition seriously enough. Some people feel that they are weak in some way because they are depressed.

Being clinically depressed is very different from the down type of feeling that all people experience from time to time. Occasional feelings of sadness are a normal part of life, and it is that such feelings are often colloquially referred to as "depression." In clinical depression, such feelings are out of proportion to any external causes. There are things in everyone's life that are possible causes of sadness, but people who are not depressed manage to cope with these things without becoming incapacitated.

As one might expect, depression can present itself as feeling sad or "having the blues". However, sadness may not always be the dominant feeling of a depressed person. Depression can also be experienced as a numb or empty feeling, or perhaps no awareness of feeling at all. A depressed person may experience a noticeable loss in their ability to feel pleasure about anything. Depression, as viewed by psychiatrists, is an illness in which a person experiences a marked change in their mood and in the way they view themselves and the world. Depression as a significant depressive disorder ranges from short in duration and mild to long term and very severe, even life threatening.

“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.”
? Laurell K. Hamilton, Mistral's Kiss

Depression involves the brain's delicate chemistry — specifically, it involves chemicals called neurotransmitters. These chemicals help send messages between nerve cells in the brain. Certain neurotransmitters regulate mood, and if they run low, people can become depressed, anxious, and stressed. Stress also can affect the balance of neurotransmitters and lead to depression.

The most common drugs used today to treat depression focus their attention on the brain chemicals, serotonin and norepinephrine.

Adverse side effects of antidepressant drugs

Increasing evidence, however, now indicates that another player in the brain, corticotropin-releasing factor, should share the spolight. Studies have shown that abnormally high activity of this stress hormone is present in many cases of depression. Furthermore, research shows that drugs that block the action of corticotropin-releasing factor have the potential to lift the dismally low spirits of the depressed. The new insights help explain how depression arises and may lead to new options for prevention and treatment.BT11


It is important for people to know that:

Depression is an illness that can affect anyone at any age.
It is not connected with and does not develop into insanity

SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION

Depression is an illness where the feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, linkled to the inability to concentrate, may make it hard for some people to carry out normal daily activities.
Depression is an illness with a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms, which sometimes make it hard to recognise and understand.

“The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”
? T.H. White, The Once and Future King

Personality may play a part in depression. Although anyone can become depressed under particular circumstances, some people seem to be more vulnerable than others. This may be because of things that have happened in childhood, such as abuse, or because of our individual make up (including body chemistry).
A lot of effective, intelligent and creative people suffer from depression and yet make an outstanding contribution to life. Often, information about their depression is only revealed after their death, as people misunderstand the illness. Amongst such people are
Florence Nightingale and
Sir Winston Churchill, who used to call depression his "black dog". Depression can effect anyone and does not reduce your value as a human being.

The most common symptoms are set out below . If these have been experienced for more than two weeks it is essential to seek help. People may suffer from two or three of these symptoms but are unlikely to experience them all.

Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
Feeling useless, inadequate, bad.
Self hatred, constant questioning of thoughts and actions, an overwhelming need for reassurance.
Being vulnerable and "over-sensitive".
Feeling guilty.
A loss of energy and motivation, that makes even the simplest tasks or decisions seem difficult.
Self harm.
Loss or gain in weight.
Difficulty with getting off to sleep, or (less frequently) an excessive desire to sleep.
Agitation and restlessness.
Loss of sex drive.
Finding it impossible to concentrate for any length of time, forgetfulness.
A sense of unreality.
Physical aches and pains, sometimes with the fear that you are seriously ill.

“There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, 'There now, hang on, you'll get over it.' Sadness is more or less like a head cold- with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer.”
? Barbara Kingsolver,

In severe depression, these feelings may also include:

Suicidal ideas.
Failure to eat or drink.
Delusions and/or hallucinations.

“Some friends don't understand this. They don't understand how desperate I am to have someone say, I love you and I support you just the way you are because you're wonderful just the way you are. They don't understand that I can't remember anyone ever saying that to me. I am so demanding and difficult for my friends because I want to crumble and fall apart before them so that they will love me even though I am no fun, lying in bed, crying all the time, not moving. Depression is all about If you loved me you would.”
? Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

 

How may I measure my depression?

Get Your Life Back On Track

“If you are chronically down, it is a lifelong fight to keep from sinking ”
? Elizabeth Wurtzel

Imagine plugging your brain into a specially mastered Black box containing a powerful (but absolutely safe) technology that launches you into an incredible experience of deep inner peace - an experience of deep meditation so powerful...it immediately begins to create profound, positive changes in the structure of your nervous system...

Everyone has a threshold for what they can handle coming at them from the world. When that threshold is exceeded, we attempt to deal with being pushed over it with a variety of coping mechanisms, including anxiety, anger, depression, overwhelm, sadness, substance abuse, and many others.

“In a strange way, I had fallen in love with my depression. Dr. Sterling was right about that. I loved it because I thought it was all I had. I thought depression was the part of my character that made me worthwhile. I thought so little of myself, felt that I had such scant offerings to give to the world, that the one thing that justified my existence at all was my agony.”
? Elizabeth Wurtzel,

When a person has trauma during childhood, this threshold ends up being lower than if the trauma had not happened, and the person is more often bothered by things in their environment that might not bother other "normal" people. This means they exhibit, and suffer from, the above feelings and behaviours more often. But even the person with the normal threshold can be pushed past their threshold from time to time, depending on what’s going on for them.

“The sun stopped shining for me is all. The whole story is: I am sad. I am sad all the time and the sadness is so heavy that I can't get away from it. Not ever.”
Nina LaCour,

The solution to all of this? Raise this threshold higher, and this is precisely what the BT 9 does. As this happens, your dysfunctional feelings and behaviours happen less and less often because it becomes less and less likely that whatever is happening in your environment will push you over it and trigger these feelings and behaviours in the first place. As a result, they fall away — for good.

"Rates of depression in women are twice as high as they are in men. This is due in part to hormonal factors, particularly when it comes to premenstrual syndrome (PMS), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), postpartum depression, and perimenopausal depression. As for signs and symptoms, women are more likely than men to experience pronounced feelings of guilt, sleep excessively, overeat, and gain weight. Women are also more likely to suffer from seasonal affective disorder. "

This is a lot like an athlete who begins with a certain physical threshold, but raises it by training every day until what would have overwhelmed the person in the beginning becomes easy.

"I noticed effects from the first day od using my BT9. I experienced a greater sense of well being, I experienced a sense of euphoria and also a sense that finally I HAD found something that is making changes to me and is living up to the facts.."
John Gardiner Utah

Cranial Electrotherapy, a Profound Alternative Therapy

C.E.S.- SAFE EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVE TO DRUGS IN THE TREATMENT OF DEPRESSION .

Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) is an FDA approved treatment for depression .. Over 100 human and eighteen animal studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of CES in treating these and other disorders. CES involves the introduction of a very weak electrical current into the brain. Before you say, "No way! Not my brain!" understand CES is not "Shock therapy". The electrical current used in CES/BT11 is typically less than one milliampere. To put this in perspective, the current needed to power a light bulb is about 11,000 times stronger. No serious side effects have been reported with CES.

“Mental illness is so much more complicated than any pill that any mortal could invent ”
? Elizabeth Wurtzel

CES FAQ

CES is not only a drug-free treatment of these conditions but is more effective than drugs currently on the market, with none of their frequently debilitating side effects.

What's 3 times better than Prozac?
CES was found to be two times more effective in treating depression than the most effective antidepressant drugs on the market. In fact, CES treatment is 3 times as effective as fluoxetine (Prozac) in the curing of depression, compared to placebo (fake treatment).
- Gilula MF, Kirsch DF, Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation Review: A Safer Alternative to Psychopharmaceuticals in the Treatment of Depression, J Neurotherapy, 2005: 9(2), pp 7-26.

“Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced. . . . It is that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from feeling sad. Sad hurts but it's a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel. Depression is very different.”
J.K. Rowling

Homeostasis can be defined as the tendency for intrinsic balance within a system. Application of a therapeutic range of microcurrent intracranially seems to enhance the homeostasis of the biological central nervous system. A change in one system within the individual will have correlative effects upon other systems. Improvements in mood, cognitive function, self image, shift of locus of control to oneself, and sense of well being can be measured. When CES/BT9 works, it enhances one's ability to handle or deal with situations that were previously beyond the range of one's control.

Electromedicine (including BT9/CES) is designed to primarily impact the electrical nature of the body. The current used in CES is very similar to the electrical fields naturally present in the body


The efficacy of CES has been demonstrated in many different ways. Studies have used twenty-seven different psychometric (pencil and paper) tests including the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory and the State/Trait Anxiety Inventory. CES has consistently demonstrated reductions in anxiety on these tests. Other studies have measured the physiological manifestations of anxiety before and after CES treatment. Slowing of brain waves and respiration rate, as well as reduction in blood pressure are physical signs of stress reduction that have been documented with CES treatment.

In those pamphlets that they give at mental health centers where they list the ten or so symptoms that would indicate a clinical depression, 'suicide threats' or even simple 'talk of suicide' is considered cause for concern. I guess the point is that what's just talk one day may become a real activity the next. So perhaps after years of walking around with these germinal feelings, these raw thoughts, these scattered moments of saying I wish I were dead, eventually I too, sooner or later, would succumb to the death urge. In the meantime, I could withdraw to my room, could hide and sleep as if I were dead.”

Elizabeth Wurtzel

One placebo-controlled study evaluated the effects of CES treatment in twenty individuals with chronic stress symptoms of at least a year's duration. All of them had failed to respond to medication. Muscle tension, heart rate and finger temperature were measured before, immediately after, and one week following a single twenty minute CES treatment. Muscle tension and heart rate decreased and finger temperature increased immediately after treatment in those receiving active CES treatment but not in the placebo (sham CES) group. One week after treatment, those who had received active CES treatment still had significantly reduced muscle tension and heart rate! This is one of the many advantages of CES over medications. Whereas medications only work as long as they are taken, CES effects are long lasting and cumulative.

You don't have to be "sick" or "stressed-out" to use the BT11/CES and realize its benefits. CES is a life-enhancing instrument of potential value to everyone. Its uses are wide ranging. Some people use it as an adjunct to meditation practice each morning. Others during peak stressor moments that hit unexpectedly in the course of a day. Who hasn't experienced those times when we are about to "lose it?" Putting the unit on in these situations even just briefly--perhaps for as little as ten minutes-- can help curb that anxiety and serve as a reminder that one needs to be with ones self in a different way.

One study reported an average 92% increase in beta-endorphins in the CSF after only 20 minutes of a single CES treatment.
- Shealy CN, Cady RK, et al., Cerebrospinal Fluid and Plasma Neurochemicals: Response to Cranial Electrostimulation, J Neurol Orthop Med Surg, 1998, 18, pp 94-97.

 

CES also represents a significant affirmation that you have the power within to change your mental state and that you are willing to take active steps to create the time and the space to do so.

Using waveforms at a level of current similar to the body's own, MET bridge cellular communications help re-establish the normal electrical flow.

CES FAQ
(frequently asked questions)

As with a number of medicines, the mechanism of action (how it works) of CES is not fully understood. Research has led to the hypothesis that it has a mild effect on the hypothalmic area of the brain. Researchers also have noticed rapid increases in serotonin, also associated with relaxation and calmness, and decreases in cortisol, one of the primary stress-related biochemicals. Interestingly, CES also increases levels of norepinephrine and dopamine, both associated with alertness and feelings of pleasure. This may be why so many CES users report feeling both relaxed and alert and slight to moderate euphoria after use.

 

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0.5Hz The 0.5Hz DELTA brainwave frequency, normally associated with deep sleep and release of deeply embedded stress patterns. May help with pain relief (temporarily), natural opiates released, supports the immune system, stress buster.

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5.0Hz ‘In the Palaces of Memory’ they suggest 5Hz as being the optimum learning frequency. Even as you read these words, a tiny portion of your brain is physically changing. New connections are being sprouted – a circuit that will create a stab of recognition if you encounter the words again. Supports the body to repair and heal.
Read “In The Palaces of Memory” by George Johnson.

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Read “Hooked?” by Dr. Meg Patterson

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