In order to understand how CES can help with anxiety, it’s important to understand what “anxiety” actually means, and what it does to the body.
Anxiety is a sympathetic nervous system response to chronic stress, or to stored trauma. The sympathetic nervous system, as you probably know, is the nervous system that controls the “fight or flight” mode. It gives us energy and focus to either fight for our lives or escape from trouble, part of what we inherit by being mammals on planet Earth. And it involves high levels of cortisol, that’s a stress hormone that’s generated during our “fight or flight” response when we’re in a sympathetic drive, which is necessary to have that heightened awareness and heightened energy. But too much of it tends to drive us into sympathetic overdrive and contribute to anxiety, as well as other issues.
Anxiety also involves insufficient levels of the calming neurotransmitters, like serotonin and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). These are the ones that calm everything down so that you can relax, renew, restore, regenerate and rest. And when you don’t have enough of those calming neurotransmitters, combined with high levels of the “fight or flight”, you end up with difficulty relaxing, and/or sleeping. You end up with both mental and physical symptoms. Furthermore, anxiety can often lead to certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and it can be caused by certain deficiencies as well.
So, there are a number of contributors to anxiety, but ultimately, the root cause is that brain chemistry has been disrupted. When electrical activity in the nervous system is balanced and consistent, the brain and body can function at their highest level. However, stress can disrupt normal electrical patterns in the brain, resulting in neurochemical imbalances that can cause anxiety, frenetic thoughts, compulsive behavior, and disrupted sleep-wake cycles.
Anxiety ranges from mild to severe and manifests in different ways, including:
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Panic disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
- Specific Phobias (such as fear of flying, fear of heights, or a fear of crowded places)
- OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder)
- PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
The good news is, ALL of these anxiety disorders have been shown to respond positively to CES, which is backed by decades of research and has a robust safety record. More on that soon!
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Prevalence of Anxiety
Anxiety, unfortunately, is very prevalent. It’s the most common of all mental illnesses in the United States, affecting about 40 million adults in the US (aged 18 and older), or about 19% of the adult population every year. And the numbers are even higher for children between 13-18 years old, where you have about 25% affected at any given time. These are pre-pandemic numbers, so it’s likely that it’s an even more widespread issue today.
So, why is anxiety so prevalent? Well, we have busy lifestyles, poor nutrition, chronic stress, a lack of connection with one another, toxin overload, and so much more. Another thing that is increasingly being studied is screen time. All of us carry around phones; we have constant access to information, and not just access, but it’s being thrust in our faces all the time, more so than any other generation in history. And this constant stream of information tends to contribute to anxiety. Too much news (and news is almost always negative because that’s what creates hype and gets attention–you don’t see a lot of positive news stories) and so we have this constant diet of bad news. Social media tends to also contribute to anxiety.
Studies have shown that constant social media use tends to give people a warped sense of reality, an amplified sense of inadequacy, and a greater sense of anxiety across the board. So one that should be on the list of anxiety contributors, is the amount of time that we’re spending and interfacing with the world through excessive information consumption through our devices screen time.
Another unfortunate truth? Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, but only about 37% of those suffering actually receive treatment.
Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Now, adding to all of this, we have seen an amplification of anxiety from Covid-19. During the pandemic, a larger than average share of young adults (these are adults aged 18 to 24) reported anxiety symptoms or depressive disorder. 56% of that age group reported anxiety or depression symptoms during the pandemic.
Women were disproportionately affected; women with children were more likely to report symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder than men with children. 49% for women, 40% for men. In general, women have reported higher rates of anxiety and depression compared to men, both before and during the pandemic.
Likewise, for people of color, we have a disproportionate effect in communities of color. Non-hispanic, black adults at a 48% rate and Hispanic or Latino adults at a 46% rate of reported anxiety/depressive disorder symptoms. Non-hispanic, white adults reported a 41% rate.
So we have these effects that are exacerbated in certain communities and among certain populations, with young adults being the strongest or the most strongly affected. But as the age group goes higher, the lower the symptoms are being reported. Adults ages 65 plus, reporting at 29% rate. So these numbers show us a huge increase in symptoms of anxiety or depression (anxiety disorder/depressive disorder to be specific) in the heat of the pandemic.
CES Can Help With Anxiety
Now let’s talk about cranial electrical stimulation, also called cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES), and how it can help with these incredibly prevalent and important disorders we’re talking about.
CES is an FDA-cleared treatment for anxiety and insomnia. It uses precisely-tuned subtle electrical impulses to electrically stimulate specific parts of the brain that help them revert to normal production of neurotransmitters, and restores pre-stress, homeostatic relationships in the neurotransmitter systems. Let me break that down for you.
Homeostasis simply means that everything is in balance, and that you have the correct proportion of the neurotransmitters and brain chemicals, so that you’re not too stressed, and that you have the ability to perform. You also have the ability to relax, and that’s called homeostasis. And that homeostatic relationship is very important for good health. But when we’re overly stressed, then homeostasis has been interrupted, giving us sympathetic dominance–which can lead to anxiety and insomnia.
CES helps restore that homeostatic relationship by stimulating parts of the brain to produce neurotransmitters and chemicals in proper proportions. With CES, serotonin, melatonin, beta-endorphins–all of those relaxation hormones–are increased. And it decreases cortisol (the stress hormone), bringing everything back into balance, so that you can have proper function without experiencing anxiety.
The Brain: An Electrical Organ
Now you may ask, “Wait a minute, you’re talking about putting electricity into the brain?! Is this a good idea?” We’ve all perhaps heard of various types of electrical treatments that may sound a little bit concerning, so let’s talk a little bit about that.
The brain, of course, is a very electrical organ. It’s the most electrically active organ in the body outside the heart, and there is constant electrical activity in the brain. It’s kind of like a giant computer network where there’s constant information flowing, billions of pieces of information per second, billions of impulses per second, all flying around this incredible network inside the brain. These help us hear and see and think and feel and understand and dream. All of that is handled by electrical activity in the brain.
So the brain is very electric; in fact, you can actually pick up the electrical activity outside the scalp using electrodes on an EEG machine where you can watch the electrical activity in the brain. It’s strong enough that it creates an electric field that can be picked up outside the head! These electrical currents used in CES are similar to the currents in the brain. They’re sub-sensory; they are not felt by the user, just like you don’t feel your brain buzzing right now with electricity, even though it is. CES does not have to be felt to be effective. It’s the same kind of current that’s already in your brain, and it works with the brain’s natural function rather than against it.
CES Works WITH Your Brain
Unlike pharmaceutical approaches that are designed to block certain brain functions in order to try to restore things to balance, CES can help by simply promoting proper function and proper balance through the brain’s own mechanisms. It’s not habit forming; you don’t become dependent upon it, and therefore it’s safe to use. You can use it short term or long term to stimulate homeostasis, and it won’t push things beyond their balanced state. It will only encourage them to converge on their balanced state. So CES is actually a tremendously good idea, and a good approach to address these issues within the brain, working at the root level of the cause.
CES For Anxiety
If you or someone close to you is suffering from anxiety, CES can help! This therapy via an at-home CES device could be a fantastic treatment option. CES devices are gentle and simple enough to use at home under the direction of a healthcare practitioner. Plus, many CES devices are FDA-cleared for the treatment of anxiety and insomnia, which means they have been carefully studied and tested for safety and efficacy.
CES is incredibly safe, painless, side-effect-free, non-habit forming, and is backed by decades of research and testing to help you fight against anxiety effectively. It is very much based on science rather than some sort of pseudoscience. It is well researched, well studied, and well understood.
CES directly addresses the root of the stress-anxiety cycle, regardless of what form of anxiety you are experiencing. Some users notice an immediate change after their first session, and others notice improvement within days to weeks. CES leaves you feeling relaxed, yet focused and alert. It cuts down on the mental chatter, helping to calm obsessive thoughts and worries and leaving you in a state of clarity and calm. If you are suffering, CES can help.
Other Notable Benefits of CES Therapy include:
- Normalized sleep patterns
- Decrease in nervous tension and energy
- Decrease in frantic and anxious thought patterns
- More efficient sleep onset
- Elevated mood
- Feeling of relaxation and restfulness
- Fewer occurrences of irrational anger and irritability
- Reduced mood swings
- Improved impulse control
- Increased sense of balance and peace
- Calmer patterns of thought
- Heightened clarity
- Normalized information recall
- Accelerated learning
- Improved task concentration and focus
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**This article is written for informational purposes only, and does not constitute medical advice. Always work with a qualified healthcare provider when making decisions about your health and wellness.