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The Alarming Rise in Mental Illness Linked to Increased Drug Use: Causes and Prospective Solutions
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Futurehealth Plenary Talk by Nancy White The literature shows that psychotropic drugs worsen the conditions they are prescribed to correct by incapacitating the brain?s own neurochemical facilities. A number of acceptable non-drug treatments exist which we intuitively assume have a balancing effect on neurochemistry without being able to demonstrate how that may occur. Now, some exciting new avenues are being explored that hold promise, but the mechanisms by which they work also are unclear. Thus, a future direction of research is clear: in order to expand the potential of non-pharmocologic approaches we might better demonstrate how brainwave patterns and neurotransmitters affect each other.
The presentation begins with an overview of what will be covered along with information on the sources of data to be cited. The main body of the presentation begins with a survey of the rise in mental illness over the past century and one-half, citing statistics and showing the correlation of this rise with the progressive introduction of psychotropic drugs. The presentation cites the literature demonstrating that the rise of mental illness began to accelerate with the introduction of Thorazine and accelerated further with the introduction of Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI's).

We look at the mechanisms which support correlation of mental illness with psychotropics - neurochemically, functionally and emotionally - and illustrate that there is a point of no return related to the overuse of psychotropics. This part of the talk focuses on the relationship of neurotransmitter balance to mental and emotional states.

The presentation concludes with a brief description of research shortly to be done on the relationship of brainwave patterns to neurochemical states and the use of amino acid precursors to balance those states.

 


Author: Nancy White

Dr. White, a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Texas, is Founder and Clinical Director of The Enhancement Institute, Houston, Texas, which focuses on neurobehavioral wellness. Dr. White, past president of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research, has practiced in the field of Neurofeedback and Neuromodulation for more than twenty years. CURRICULUM VITAE Dr. White is a Fellow of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR) and served on its Board of Directors (2006-2009) as President-Elect (2006-07), President (2007-08), and as Past President (2008-09). She is a Certified EEG Fellow of the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America (BCIA) and a Diplomate of the Quantitative EEG Certification Board. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Advanced Addiction Counselor. Other leadership positions she has held in her field include: o Board of Directors (1994-1996) of the Society for Neuronal Regulation (SNR). o Member of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) and member of the Board of Directors of its Neurofeedback Division (2006-2008). o Member of the Quantitative EEG Certification Board (1995-present). PUBLICATIONS: Consulting Editor, The Journal of Neurotherapy, Taylor and Francis White, N.E. The Transformational Power of The Peniston Protocol: A Therapist's Experience. Journal of Neurotherapy, Vol. 12(4) 2008 "Theories of the Effectiveness of Alpha-Theta Training for Multiple Disorders". Introduction to Quantitative EEG and Neurofeedback. Evans and Abarbanel (Eds.) New York: Academic Press, 1999 "Alpha-theta neurotherapy and the neurobehavioral treatment of addictions, mood disorders and trauma." Introduction to Quantitative EEG and Neurofeedback, Second Edition. Budzynski, Budzynski, Evans and Abarbanel (Eds.) New York: 2009 "Alpha-Theta Training for Chronic Trauma Disorder, A New Perspective". The Journal of Mind Technology and Optimal Performance, Mega Brain Report. Vol. II (4) 1995.

Other Products by Nancy White

1) Trauma Resolution: A Multi-Modality Approach
2) Training the Brain BETTER by Tracking Neurotransmitters
3) Enhancing Mental and Physical Health with Zero Point Energy
4) Alpha/Theta NeuroFB to Resolve Disorders & Enhance Consciousness
5) Brain as Transponder Opener to Spiritual Awareness
6) Dynamics of Neurotransmitter Manipulation by Nutraceutical Intervention

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