Research is indicating that persistent negativity and overly emotional mental states are linked to specific neural markers in the brain, such as differences in specific neural areas between hemispheres (Davidson, 1990). Studies into correcting these issues using neural stimulation are promising:
- In a study on Seasonal Affective Disorder, conducted by Kathy Berg and David Siever, 84% of the subject became clinically non-depressed after treatment, and 100% of those treated experienced a significant reduction in depression. Results also showed decreases in Anxiety, over-eating while energy and motivation levels increased! Twelve of the participants actually lost weight (average of 9.5 pounds) during the trial.
- In a 2009 study conducted by David Cantor, Ph.D., results revealed significant reduction of depression for 16 participants after 4 weeks of audio-visual entrainment therapy, as measured by the Beck Depression Inventory–II. Furthermore, the participants QEEG scores demonstrated significant EEG change scores over time in cortical regions associated with mood regulation.
NP3 offers a number of brain-stimulation sessions, based on the protocols used in these and other studies.
Of course, there is no "magic bullet" to enhancing mood and emotional stability. It is a broad issue with many causes and many possible solutions. For example, recent events, poor diet, high stress levels or lack of sleep can have a horribly negative impact on mood. NP3 may also be able to help in some of these areas as well, with sessions available for lowering stress and sleep induction.
Cantor, D. S., & Stevens, E. (2009). QEEG correlates of auditory-visual entrainment treatment efficacy of refractory depression. Journal of Neurotherapy, 13(2), 100-108.
Davidson, R. J., Ekman, P., Saron, C. D., Senulis, J. A., & Friesen, W. V. (1990). Approach-withdrawal and cerebral asymmetry: Emotional expression and brain physiology: I. Journal of personality and social psychology, 58(2), 330.
Davidson, R.J., Henriques, J.B. Regional Brain Electrical Asymmetries Discriminate between Previously Depressed and Healthy Control Subjects. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 99 (1990) 22-31.
Kumano, H., Horie, H., Shidara, T., Kuboki, T., Suematsu, H., & Yasushi, M. (1996). Treatment of a depressive disorder patient with EEG-driven photic stimulation. Biofeedback and self-regulation, 21(4), 323-334.
Lawson, R., Barnes, T. EEG Asymmetry and Depression Severity: A Comparison of Various Asymmetry Measures, University of North Texas, Neurotherapy Lab, Annual Conference, Society of Neuronal Regulation
Siever, D. (2004). The application of audio-visual entrainment for the treatment of seasonal affective disorder. Biofeedback, 32 (3), 32-35.
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