16 Jul CES Device for Treating Anxiety, Insomnia and Depression
Each person’s anxiety, sleep problems and type of depression are unique, therefore so is treating anxiety, sleep problems, and depression. Rarely during my 35 years of practice have I ever seen two people feel the exact same way. That is why I developed my 5 Prong Approach that includes the following elements:
Because my approach encompasses all five areas, I work with an integrative team of practitioners and consultants. These experts are available worldwide to help provide the various treatment or methods to alleviate these symptoms. As a Neuropsychologist and Board Certified Health Psychologist (a.k.a. Behavioral Medicine), over the years I’ve tried many methods and treatments. There are very few that I consistently work with across the board for the majority of the people my team or I have seen.
The CES Machine: An FDA Medical Device That Works
One that does stand out is the Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation, known as a CES. I termed it the “Shhhhh” machine, because it quiets down the over-stimulation (reactivity) of the area of the brain (Limbic System) that is the center of where the symptom of anxiety, sleep problems, depression and chronic pain are focused. Having said this, I think it is very important to provide a history of this machine and how it actually works.
History of the CES Machine
Both Aristotle and Plato in 46 AD used electric ray fish for pain management, while in China, acupuncture was a primary method. Hypnosis emerged in the 18th century and was the main method for anxiety, sleep problems and pain management. Over a hundred years ago, electrical devices were in widespread use for pain management.
In 1846, the chemical ether was introduced at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and this and other pharmaceutical became the dominate methods for treating pain, anxiety, sleep problems and depression.
The CES technology that is used today was first developed in Russia and Eastern European countries, where the medical profession was less pharmaceutical than the US. The primary focus in the 1950’s was to help with sleep. Since that time, the technology has been used successfully throughout the world, and has gone through extensive clinical trials in each of the specific areas: anxiety, insomnia and depression. As a result, the CES is now an FDA registered medical treatment in the U.S. To purchase one in the U.S., you need a prescription from a licensed health care provider. In Canada and many other countries, CES units are sold over the counter.
My Personal and Clinical Experience with the CES Device
When I started my practice, I was extensively trained in the use of hypnosis, which is still a primary method. Then I was introduced to various energy methods including acupuncture, polarity, QiGong and Reiki. Seeing how effective they were, I acquired additional, in-depth training in Energy Medicine, Energy Psychology, and QiGong, including Balinese QiGong. As part of my team, we have two acupuncturists and a Reiki therapist, and are in contact with numerous clinicians worldwide.
From 1990 to 1997, I was in chronic pain from my brain injury and 60 mile-an-hour head-on auto accident. Dr. Paul Swingle, Ph.D. introduced me to CES as part of my Neurofeedback treatments. The results were amazing.
Since I returned to my clinical and consulting practice in 1997, I have used the CES as one of my core treatment methods for treating anxiety, depression and insomnia.
How does the CES work?
The CES produces a low-amount (amperage) of electrical current in a specific frequency between 0.3- 100Hz. Depending on the make and model, you might attach ear clips onto your ears, or adhesive electrodes on the bump behind your ear, or put a headband on your forehead that holds electrodes. Once you feel a slight tingling, you reduce the sensation. The majority of machines have an automatic timer and shut-off.
In recent years and even presently at Beth Israel Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY, continued research is being done on the effectiveness of CES for other areas, such as PTSD, TBI, fibromyalgia, depression, bipolar II disorder and chronic pain.
Recent Study Using the CES to Treat Bipolar II Disorder
Below is a recent double-blind randomized placebo controlled study of cranial electrotherapy stimulation for the treatment of depression in bipolar II disorder at Mt. Sinai.
S Greenman BA, D McClure BA, G Kazariants PhD, M Varvara MD, S Koppolu MBBS, Z Yaseen MD, I Galynker MD PhD
Cranial Electrical Stimulation (CES) technology has been used widely for treatment of depression, anxiety and insomnia, but to date, there have been no studies examining the efficacy of this technology to treat bipolar II depression. Our goal in this study was to evaluate the use of CES for treatment of the symptoms of depression in bipolar II disorder. We examined changes in levels of depression and quality of life during the four week treatment period.
The sixteen participants were 50% female, with a mean age of 47.69 (15.88), and an average level of education of 16.81 (2.401) years.(p=.012), but no significant change from baseline to week two. In the placebo group, there was a significant change from baseline to 2 weeks on HAM-D scores, (p=.015), and during the open label treatment phase from 2 weeks to 4 weeks, (p=.022). In the active group, there was a significant decrease in severity scores
using CGI-S from baseline to second week, and baseline to 4th week, (p=.017), while there is no significant difference in means for the placebo group.
Our preliminary results indicate that the active group had significantly higher reduction in depression levels compared to the placebo group. During the double-blind randomized and controlled trial of the first 2 weeks, there was a
significant decrease in BDI scores for only the active group. However, the data displays improvement effects for both groups on the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, which may be due to the difference in brain regions associated with HAM-D and BDI.
Where Can I Purchase a CES device?
There are four Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation manufacturers that I know make devices very effective for treating anxiety, depression, and insomnia. The prices vary.