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Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) & Depression

Questions for You

  • Is your life not as fulfilling as you’d like?
  • Do you feel empty, angry, lonely, or just tired all the time?
  • Wish you had more zest?
  • Has life lost its meaning?

Sadness or downswings in mood are normal reactions to life’s struggles, setbacks, and disappointments. Many people use the word “depression” to explain these kinds of feelings, but depression is much more than just sadness. They may mostly feel lifeless, empty, and apathetic; or even feel angry, aggressive, and restless.

Whatever the symptoms, depression is different from normal sadness in that it engulfs your day-to-day life, interfering with your ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and have fun. The feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and worthlessness are often intense and unrelenting, with little, if any, relief.

The NIH lists several signs and symptoms of depression:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating, or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment

The causes and risk factor for depression are many and far ranging. They include but are not limited to loneliness lack of social support, recent stressful life experiences, family history of depression, marital or relationship problems, financial strain, early childhood trauma or abuse, alcohol or drug abuse, unemployment or underemployment, and health problems or chronic pain.

Depression is readily treatable, although finding the right treatment that works for you can sometimes take time. Specific treatment options include psychotherapy, hospitalization, medications, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), and self-help.

Depression and Neurochemistry

Depression has been linked to problems or imbalances in the brain, specifically with regard to the neurotransmitters serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. The evidence is somewhat indirect on these points because it is very difficult to actually measure the level of neurotransmitter in a person’s brain. What we do know is that antidepressant medications (used to treat the symptoms of depression) are known to act upon these particular neurotransmitters and their receptors.

The neurotransmitter serotonin is involved in regulating many important physiological (body-oriented) functions, including sleep, aggression, eating, sexual behavior, and mood. Serotonin is produced by serotonergic neurons. Current research suggests that a decrease in the production of serotonin by these neurons can cause depression in some people, and more specifically, a mood state that can cause some people to feel suicidal.

Drugs, however, have many negative side effects. Other options need to be considered. People who are depressed need a safe way to restore the neurochemistry (NC) of their central nervous system.

Everyone’s neurochemistry (NC) is slightly different than everyone else’s, but everyone is addicted to their own NC. If your NC is that of a depressed person, you need to reverse it. Your brain needs to learn how to go back where it once was by restoring it to a proper balance.

Your neurotransmitter activity is very much a function of the electrical activity in your brain. CES can help get your brain electrical activity functioning normally, thus helping return your NC back to pre-stress homeostasis. Once your brain’s receptors start calling for the rebalanced levels, you’ll return to what was normal for you in the past. And your depression should ebb.

The CES Ultra, using Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES), can bring you true relief. It’s a proven way to treat feelings of depression-without using drugs. Studies show that approximately 70% of people with depression who use the CES Ultra find 70% relief of their symptoms.

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Beat the Rainy Day Blues with CES Ultra

CES has no withdrawal symptoms, unlike most drugs. It also has not negative side-effects. You can also use the CES Ultra while still on your medication. In fact, don’t go off your medication until your doctor tells you to do so.

History of CES research

Earlier peer reviewers had difficulty with CES studies, because it was so new that few had heard about it.Some reviewed CES studies under the impression that they were studies using electroshock treatment. Others assumed that the small electrical current provided in CES stimulation could not effectively enter the brain, while yet others decided that even if by chance it could find its way past the cranium, the amount of stimulus was too small to have an effect on neurons in the brain.

Researchers over the years have found that the electric current from CES stimulation goes through every part of the brain. One of these researchers was a doctoral candidate studying the possibility of combining CES and biofeedback simultaneously, measuring the electroencephalograph ( EEG) in the process (Shroeder, 1999). A second, a doctoral candidate using low resolution brain electromagnetic tomography (LORETA) imaging, found that CES induced changes in every one of 2,394 gray matter voxels measured (Kennerly, 2006).A study at the University of Wisconsin found that CES stimulated the emptying of presynaptic vesicles in the rabbit brain, then generated an increased number of vesicles in the presynaptic neuron as stimulation continued. These returned to a normal level following cessation of stimulation.These changes were mea¬ sured by implanted devices placed in numerous areas of the brain, covering the majority of the cortex (Siegesmu nd, Sances, & Larson, 1967).

To learn the mechanism in which changes had been wrought in depression and anxiety scores, researchers began to measure neurotransmitter levels prior to and following CES treatment.Pozos, Strack, White, and Richardson (1971), at the University of Tennessee Medical School, deliberately Parkinsonized canine subjects by chemically altering their adrenergic/cholinergic balance. He then discovered that either L-dopa or CES could similarly bring the subjects back to a normal, non-Parkinsonian state in a few hours, while subjects put on normal rations of food and water required several days to return to a normal state.CES, he inferred from his results, acts as a rebalancing force in organisms whose normal neurotransmitter system is out of balance.