I have several purposes in writing this. They ALL pivot around wanting to help people. I suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in October 2010 (now 2.5 years ago) after which I experienced severe anxiety, depression and insomnia.
I wouldn't wish that on my greatest injury ... including the person who did it to me. It has a long path back to being normal again but I have succeeded by the grace of God. My doctors at the HMO were not very helpful, in fact they were my #1 source of stress.
Ultimately what got me back to normal were proper supplementation and proper thoughts. (Proper nutrition, of course, was a given.) Now that I am 99% recovered and just trying to get a little bit better sleep and a little more control over my moods, I am interested in the Fisher Wallace device hence my interest in the discussion on this forum. If you will indulge me now I will tell you some of the things that work for me concerning my recovery.
In addition to proper nutrition I consulted a nutrition expert who put me on 5-HTP to get off of Zoloft. We also tried L-Tryptophan but 5-HTP worked better for me. Zoloft is one of many SSRIs. L-Tryptophan and 5-HTP are what Zoloft would like to be if they could be. SSRIs basically recycles your serotonin, but l-tryptophan and 5-HTP help you to create your own fresh serotonin, naturally. (L-tryptophan is the precursor to 5-HTP which is the precursor to Serotonin which is the precursor to melatonin). These are amino acids which come quite naturally primarily in meat products. Vegans and vegetarians are often lacking in amino acids such as these, hence they are at greater risk for depression and anxiety. I used a few hundred milligrams per day of 5 HTP or about 500 mg per day of L-tryptophan. Tryptophan made me sleepy, so I only used it before bedtime. An excellent book on the topic is called The Mood Cure by Julia Ross. I highly recommend it.
Another great book that helped with my thinking is called The Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer.
It helped me to realize that I DO have more control over my mind's thoughts than I realized. The brain does what it wants, but the MIND filters out what the brain nags it with. The MIND decides what it will ignore or focus on. I know that sometimes it seems you can't stop thinking about something bad, but you CAN internationalize thinking about a different, good thing! Hence the battle.
But, it's worth the battle, right? That's a very rough way to summarize Meyer's excellent book and it doesn't do it justice.
I believe that a brain injury, years of poor eating habits, mental abuse, etc. can and WILL alter the brain and the mind. Psycologists say that if we remain in a condition for more than a short time (a couple of weeks??), we BECOME that condition. Then, it becomes an uphill journey to dig our way out of it. As for me, I remained there too long before taking the steps I needed. In my case, I was too injured to know what to do and my doctors failed to put me on the proper track in a timely manner so I had to sink to the depths before I clawed my way out.
The above mentioned things (supplements & thoughts) were instrumental in my recovery.
Now that I'm well again, I am interested in the FP CES device (or other device) to make me new & improved. I want something to help me properly respond to stress, anxiety and to help me sleep like a baby. Supplements and thoughts have done well so far. It's time for an upgrade to Michael 2.0!
As for the young people making know-it-all comments, keep them to yourselves, please.
As one commenter mentioned "what do you know?" Indeed, I long for the days of being 18 again .. or even the exciting years of being 23 in my new career as a USAF pilot. But, I knew nothing ... and you should humble yourselves and listen and learn from those who have been around the block a few times more. In the military, it was common to say "if you aren't part of the solution, then you are part of the problem." Don't be that guy.
Praying for your speedy recovery!