ALLEVIATE SYMPTOMS of Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia often associated with Attention Disorders ( ADD and ADHD) with ALPHA-STIM®  Technology.


                       

 

Symptoms associated with ADD and ADHD and How To Approach your treatment in a holistic manner. 

Alpha-Stim will help alleviate the symptoms of  Anxiety, Depression,  and Insomnia that commonly affect those who have ADD/ADHD. If you have attention and focus issues, often times  they occur due to anxiety, or depression.  There are sub-types of ADHD, hence when the depression clears up, the anxiety is calmed down, the insomnia no longer an issue, one can focus and pay attention much more effectively. That is where Alpha-Stim helps in this area. Often times ADD/ADHD is misdiagnosed or incorrectly diagnosed ( Anxiety with a  Learning Disability, or Depression with a Learning Disability) . See your local practitioner for an accurate diagnosis. If you have any of the 3 conditions Alpha-Stim is FDA cleared for (anxiety, depression, insomnia) you can use Alpha-Stim with success for those conditions in conjunction with other  treatments, such as biofeedback, neurofeedback, various learning centers, vitamins, amino acids, and perhaps other medications if needed and prescribed by your physician.

The following list is common symptoms of those diagnosed with ADD or ADHD.

Symptoms of ADD/ADHD in Children

Avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained attention
Disorganized 
Easily distracted 
Forgetful 
Loses things and makes careless mistakes in schoolwork and activities
Unable to complete tasks, as if he/she did not hear the instructions
Unable to sustain an activity 

Symptoms of ADD/ADHD in Adults 

Disorganized, forgetful (misses appointments, deadlines)
Loses things ( wallet, keys, important papers)
Unable to complete tasks (missed assignments for work, often late)
Unable to cooperate with co-workers and authority figures
Erratic temper, aggressiveness     
History of excessive job changing    
Impulsive shopping and substance abuse problems     
Does not multi-task well

       

Method


Digital EEG for QEEG analysis was obtained from 30 research volunteers using a Neurodata-24 digital EEG system. CES was providing with Alpha-Stim 100 cranial electrotherapy units set to .5 hertz. QEEG data was processed and analyzed with the NeuroGuide system. Statistical analysis of the data was conducted with the NeuroGuide, SPSS and JMP statistical packages. Digital EEG, blood pressure, heart rate, electrodermal activity and finger temperature was acquired during a baseline condition, during cranial electrotherapy, immediately after electrotherapy, and after three weeks of daily use of cranial electrotherapy.

Results

During CES at 0.5 Hz significant increases were seen across the entire cortex in delta and gamma frequencies, this effect was uniform for all volunteers. After a single 20-minute session of CES decreases were seen in delta and theta frequency activity with concomitant significant increase in alpha activity. The study volunteers generally reported feeling more relaxed after 20-minutes of CES. Some volunteers reported feeling as if their head had cleared and they felt more awake. Research volunteers who reported pain or anxiety before the single session of CES treatment reported significant reductions in pain and anxiety after the 20-minute treatment.


Conclusions

This pilot study indicates that CES at 0.5 Hz entrains delta and gamma frequencies during active stimulation. After a single 20-minute treatment with CES there is a significant increase in alpha frequency activity and a significant decrease in delta and theta activity. The post treatment maps indicate the effect of single session cranial electrotherapy treatment on QEEG is congruent with the reports of the research volunteers of decreased anxiety, increased alertness and increased relaxation.







The above is a quantitative EEG brain map (QEEG) showing the changes in brain activity by traditional EEG bands of 30 volunteers after a 20 minute treatment with Alpha-Stim CES at 0.5 Hz. Blue shows a decrease in activity after Alpha-Stim while red shows an increase in activity. There is an increase in alpha activity (relaxation brain waves) with a simultaneous decrease in delta activity (sleep brain waves) after using Alpha-Stim for 20 minutes. The changes near the ears were found on raw EEG to be artifact.









The above is a representation of the electrical activity of the brain by frequency after 20 minutes of use of Alpha-Stim CES at 0.5 Hz. The EEG of 30 research volunteers was averaged and analyzed by computer to generate the average of brain changes in brain activity after 20 minutes of Alpha-Stim. This is a difference brain map, where a decrease in activity after the use of Alpha-Stim is shown in shades of blue and an increase in activity is seen in shades of yellow and red (green indicates no change).

The above map shows that there is a decrease in delta, the 1, 2, and 3 Hz frequencies associated in waking individuals with impaired cognitive functioning. Significant increases are seen in alpha frequencies with peak activity at 9 Hz. Increases were also seen in activity at 12, 13 and 14 Hz, with 13 and 14 Hz activity centering on C3. It is common practice in EEG biofeedback (Neurotherapy) to train increases of 13-15 Hz activity (SMR) at C3 to create increased relaxation and treat epilepsy, ADHD, attentional problems and other disorders (http://www.eegspectrum.com/Applications/ADHD-ADD/EfficacySMR-BetaIntro2/). The pattern of changes seen after a single session of Alpha-Stim in the 30 research volunteers is congruent with the self reports of increased relaxation with improved cognitive functioning.






The above map is a relative power map, which is a percentage map showing activity in the brain at each frequency as a percentage of 100% (all activity of the brain). The activity changes represented by the relative power map show the same general pattern of decreases in slow waves associated with sleep and cognitive impairment and increases in alpha and SMR frequencies, which are associated with relaxation.


References


Kirsch, D. L. (2002). The Science Behind Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation. Edmonton, Alberta: Medical Scope Publishing Corporation.

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