If you suffer from depression, it can feel like a monumental effort just to acknowledge your symptoms and seek treatment. Once you make it over that hurdle and meet with a physician, you might feel like the hard part is over – your doctor has written you a prescription for an antidepressant, and you expect relief to be on the horizon.

But as it turns out, medication isn’t always the best option for treating depression. A shocking new study has found that the most commonly prescribed antidepressant leads to “negligible improvements in mood,” if any at all.

Empty pill bottles

Despite its popularity, the most commonly prescribed antidepressant does not bring significant relief from depression.

The results of the study, which reviewed the efficacy of the drug sertraline (better known under the brand name Zoloft) and was published in The Lancet Psychiatry, “shocked and surprised” its authors. Setraline is a type of antidepressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). The study followed more than 650 people with depression over the course of 12 weeks – some were given setraline and others received a placebo. After six weeks, there was “no convincing evidence” of improvement with setraline, and even after 12 weeks the effect was “weak.”

Interestingly enough, setraline did seem to offer improvement of anxiety symptoms, with participants reporting a 23% reduction in symptoms after 12 weeks.

The study may feel disheartening for people with depression, but the good news is that you don’t have to settle for ineffective medications and all of their potential side effects. If you have depression and anxiety, there is a treatment option backed by more than 100 clinical research studies proving its effectiveness for both indications. There is Alpha-Stim®.

Alpha-Stim is an FDA cleared medical device that employs a modality called cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) to restore balance to your brain, bringing relief from anxiety, depression, and even insomnia and pain. A tiny current of electricity is delivered through electrodes that clip onto your earlobes; treatments are painless, and as brief as 20 minutes each day.

Although the study mentioned above is making headlines now, the findings are actually not new at all. An earlier study, published in 2005 in the Journal of Neuropathy, reported that CES allows patients to avoid the “activation and jitteriness experienced with some SSRIs” and that for patients with depression and anxiety, it “can be quite efficacious as either a stand-alone or add-on therapy.” The results of this study offer “sufficient data to show that CES technology has equal or greater efficacy for the treatment of depression compared to antidepressant medications, with fewer side effects.”

A chart comparing the effectiveness of treatment methods

A 2005 study also found that Alpha-Stim performs better than antidepressant drugs.

Not only does Alpha-Stim not bear the risk of the side effects of antidepressants and anxiety medications, but it has been proven time and again to bring clinically significant relief to users, over decades of experience; the Journal of Neuropathy study is only one out of scores of others, all proving that Alpha-Stim works. Where the impact of setraline is weak, the life-changing benefits of Alpha-Stim are undeniable. In addition to clinical research, patient testimonials speak volumes, with many echoing the same sentiment: that Alpha-Stim has quite simply changed their lives for the better.

A woman uses Alpha-Stim

Alpha-Stim treatments are painless and easy, and can be done in the comfort of your own home.

With Alpha-Stim, results are cumulative; in other words, the more you use it, the better you will feel, and the less frequently you will need treatments. It is perfectly safe, however, to continue to use Alpha-Stim as long as you’d like, whether on its own or in conjunction with other treatment modalities. Unlike with antidepressant medications, there is no risk of addiction or withdrawal. And not only is Alpha-Stim more effective than medications, but it costs less, too. Best of all? You can trust that it will work.

Why settle for an ineffective medication with a list of unpleasant side effects? If you struggle with depression or anxiety, choose the option that is proven to bring results. Your mental health is vital to your overall wellbeing – you deserve a first-rate treatment that will have you feeling like yourself again and living your best life.

 

About Alpha-Stim

Alpha-Stim® is an FDA cleared, handheld medical device that has been proven time and again to effectively treat acute, post traumatic, and chronic pain, as well as anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Alpha-Stim uses cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES), delivered through a patented waveform via two earclip electrodes, to treat anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Microcurrent electrical therapy (MET) delivers pain relief directly to the source of discomfort via two handheld Smart Probes.

The safety and effectiveness of Alpha-Stim is backed by over 100 independent clinical research studies. Unlike with medications, there is no risk of addiction or lasting side effects.

Alpha-Stim is available by prescription in the United States and over-the-counter in other countries. Get started today!