How brain wave patterns affect our mental health
Researchers know that changes in brain wave patterns can affect our mental health especially concerning the symptoms of depression.
A stable, highly functional individual with what would be considered a normal personality may experience a crisis or other triggering event that may result in depression, simply because there has been a subtle change in their brain wave patterns.
Researches have shown that certain processes — including emotional changes in the brain — produce measurable activity. This type of activity is known as brain waves. Brain waves can be measured (as cycles per second, called hertz) and an understanding of brain waves can be an important tool in addressing mental and emotional health issues. There are many levels of brain waves but researchers divide them into four primary distinct varieties. They are Beta, Alpha, Theta, and Delta waves.
Many researchers are studying the distortions of brain wave patterns as a factor in mental health including depression. Techniques used to treat depression, including meditation, hypnosis, and aromatherapy, derive their effectiveness in part from their influence on these brain wave patterns.
The Brain Wave Factor and Depression
It is now known that how we think, what we think about, and how connected we are to the subconscious aspect of our mind can be measured by evaluating what level of brain wave is dominant at any particular time. In fact, throughout the day we have constant shifts in our brain-wave patterns.
Certain activities and processes — including emotional changes in the brain — produce measurable brain wave activity. As was mentioned earlier, Brain waves can be measured (as cycles per second, called hertz) and an understanding of brain waves can be an important tool in addressing mental and emotional health issues. The four primary distinct varieties are Beta, Alpha, Theta, and Delta waves.
Beta Waves (14–100Hz): are the most rapid of the brain waves and are active when you are in a normal waking state. This pattern is associated with concentration, alertness, cognition, arousal, and very elevated anxiety levels.
Alpha Waves (8–13 Hz): Are dominant when you are daydreaming, feeling calm and tranquil, and/or mentally unfocused you are probably in an alpha state. Light music, many types of classical music, and any external influences that seem to reduce stress are generally connected to the alpha state. Healthy individuals who have consistently low levels of stress tend to produce an abundance of alpha activity. Meditation, creative visualization, as well as imagining occur in alpha.
Theta Waves (4–8Hz): This is the brain wave pattern associated with the twilight state between waking and sleep. It is a slower, more powerfully rhythmic pattern that is commonly accompanied by unexpected, dreamlike images.
Delta Waves (below 4 Hz): When you are asleep or unconscious your brain waves are in Delta. It is in this state that your brain is stimulated to manufacture essential brain chemicals like serotonin and release large quantities of healing growth hormones.
The process of guiding someone into Alpha or Theta is known as induction and can take place in music and color therapy and through visualization, meditation, or hypnosis.
Hypnosis, meditation, and visualization will not always be effective tools in working with depression. People who are highly suggestible may not easily go into Alpha or Theta states. Conversely, those individuals who easily go into Alpha and Theta states may not be highly suggestible.
Those individuals who are highly suggestible and who enter more easily into Alpha and Theta are more suggestible when in these states. This is wonderful news for the depressed person since a guided process into alpha or theta can help them to become free of this depression. There is no magic to it. Suggestibility and induction is something you can do with a specially trained individual or it is a process you can be taught to do, and which you can practice on your own. The more you practice it the better you get at it.
One of the benefits of more holistic, less invasive approaches to depression is that they reduce — and can even eliminate — the need for ECT and other invasive therapies for depression.
Remember, certain types of depression can be helped by nutrition therapy, herbs, amino acid supplementation, hands-on healing, exercise, specialized counseling, light therapy, and, and other approaches either alone or, when necessary, in combination with medication. Whatever form of depression you, or someone you care about, reach out to others, use online resources, have a Zoom Party, and take long walks.
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