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A therapeutic resource…

AbuseConsultants.com
Kathy Broady, LCSW

3630 North Josey Lane, Suite 100
Carrollton, TX 75007

972-395-2110

  • AbuseConsultants.com has been developed as an innovative site for the online treatment of trauma, sexual abuse, dissociative disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, depression, bipolar, anxiety, and self injury. Our depths of understanding and creative approaches to healing are truly unique.
  • AbuseConsultants.com offers in-person office-based sessions with a licensed clinical social worker in Carrollton, TX, a northern suburb of Dallas, Texas.  Telephone sessions are also available.  Email consultations and IM sessions are available online.
  • AbuseConsultants.com provides assistance, comfort, treatment, and information for adults, teenagers, and children who are or have been devastated by the long-term effects of abuse.
  • AbuseConsultants.com addresses the needs for support peoples who are, even though they may be totally overwhelmed, genuinely interested and invested in the recovery of their loved one from the effects of abuse.
  • AbuseConsultants.com addresses the needs for support peoples who are, even though they may be totally overwhelmed, genuinely interested and invested in the recovery of their loved one from the effects of abuse.
  • AbuseConsultants.com addresses a variety of related mental health issues, works to learn more about “what really helps”, and researches the contributions of other areas of expertise, specifically as they relate to trauma recovery.
  • The information provided on this blog and on AbuseConsultants.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her existing physician.

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The Alpha-Stim- Microcurrent electrical therapy
Alpha-Stim treats anxiety, insomnia and depression with cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES). CES produces beneficial changes in the brain’s electrical activity and can induce pleasant and relaxed feelings.

The Alpha-Stim SCS treats anxiety, depression, and/or insomnia with microcurrent using a method called cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES).

The treatment is very simple. The current is applied by easy to use clip electrodes that attach on the ear lobes. You may feel a slight tingling sensation under the electrodes, but it is not necessary to feel this in order to achieve results.

Used just 20 to 60 minutes every day, every other day, or on an as-needed basis, CES can help induce a pleasant, relaxed feeling of well being.

The Alpha-Stim SCS is well tolerated and very safe in contrast to drugs used in the treatment of mood disorders, many of which have been proven to have undesirable side effects and can be addictive.
Unlike drugs, the Alpha-Stim SCS leaves the mind alert. Anxiety reduction is usually experienced during treatment. Depression and insomnia control is generally experienced after several weeks of daily treatment. CES can also help treat the underlying mood disorders associated with pain.

The Alpha-Stim SCS may be used as an adjunct to medication and/or psychotherapy. After treatment, there are usually no physical limitations imposed so the majority of people can resume normal activities immediately. Maintenance of a relaxed, yet alert state

is generally achieved with treatments three times per week. As a result, the Alpha-Stim SCS is suitable for clinical or home use.

Treated conditions:
Anxiety
Depression
Insomnia
Examples of situations where CES can provide relief:
Dental visits
Fear of flying and other phobias
Insomnia due to anxiety or stress
Performance anxiety
Jet lag recovery
Use during behavioral therapy sessions
Bereavement and healing
Loss of job, divorce
Hospice and palliative care
Alpha-Stim advantages:
Low incidence of adverse effects
More efficacious than most other forms of therapy
Relatively easy to learn
Alternative in cases refractory to conventional care
Reduces or eliminates need for addictive medications
No tolerance
May be applied on schedule or PRN
May be self-administered by patients
Highly cost effective

 

A brief history of CES

Electrosleep treatment (an older name for CES), involving less than one milliampere of current, came into the USA from Japan in the late 1960s, which, in turn had borrowed it from Russia and other East Block countries. Since the electricity was directed across the head, the FDA renamed it Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) in 1978, and now allows its marketing in the USA for the treatment of anxiety, depression and insomnia.

A major use of CES has been in the drug abstinence syndrome in which people are withdrawing from various substances of addiction, such as nicotine, alcohol, prescription drugs, cocaine or heroin. All such patients have anxiety, depression and insomnia as defining symptoms of the syndrome, and the vast majority benefit dramatically from the use of CES during the withdrawal period. The medical use of CES is becoming more widely indicated in the USA as these and stress from a myriad of other sources continue to build up in our society. Read more about the mechanism of Alpha-Stim CES.

What scientific research has been conducted with CES?

 

At present, there are over 126 research studies on CES in humans and 29 experimental animal studies. The overwhelming majority of the scientific research is extremely positive. No significant lasting side effects have been reported.

Harvard University School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management found: “The meta-analysis of anxiety showed CES to be significantly more effective than sham (P<.05).” (Meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of cranial electrostimulation: efficacy in treating selected psychological and physiological conditions by Dr. Sidney Klawansky et al. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 183(7):478-485, 1995).

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http://alpha-stim.com/