Anxiety is one of the most common mental disorders worldwide and is typically treated with either psychotherapy or medication. A home device fully supported by NICE that generates electrical brain stimulation could usher in a new era for the treatment of mental illness and sleep disorders.
In a BBC documentary The Truth About Your Mental Health, Lesley Parkinson, a Harley Street clinical psychologist who treats a range of mental health issues including insomnia, discussed how the device is beneficial for a range of disorders.
“The brain naturally produces electrical activity, and this device supports that process and helps people find more balance,” she began.
“Both alpha and high beta waves in the brain travel at very different speeds and also have very different effects on mood.”
Alpha waves are slow and relate to feelings of relaxation produced before falling asleep.
High beta waves, on the other hand, are fast and related to being alert and alert.
“Those who suffer from insomnia don’t have enough alpha and that needs to be reinforced,” Lesley said.
“Beta is related to stress and if you’re going too fast it will keep you from sleeping too.
“Beta waves are amplified by caffeinated beverages, anxiety, and racing thoughts.
“So we need to increase alpha wave activity.”
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Psychologist Jo Hemmings also recommends the new technology to her anxious patients.
Jo said: “I see a lot of clients suffering from anxiety and/or insomnia as a result.
“While talk therapies are genuinely helpful for many, there is a real need for additional interventions – particularly between sessions – to relieve anxiety symptoms and promote relaxation and good quality sleep naturally by working with our alpha brain waves, rather than recommending medication anti-anxiety or antidepressants as the next step.
“All of my clients who have used the Alpha-Stim have reported very positive results within a few weeks, relieving anxiety, stress and insomnia while improving their mood and significantly improving their quality of life. It is a unique product with exceptional results.”
Doctor James Kustow, Consulting Psychiatrist and Medical Director of the Grove practice, recommends Alpha-Stim for his patients suffering from anxiety.
He said: “I was first introduced to the product by a US team specializing in trauma.
“The device stimulates the vagus nerve with a number of promising studies showing positive results for its effect on anxiety.
“After just two sessions there is an anti-anxiety effect, with patients expressing how clean and safe it was compared to traditional anti-anxiety drugs on the market.”