If you suffer from depression, you want relief as soon as possible, and you might have already started searching for treatment options. If you’ve talked with your doctor about your depression symptoms, he or she may have recommended antidepressant medications. But are these the right option for you? Is there a better way?
How Antidepressants Work
There are multiple types of antidepressants, and each works in a slightly different way:
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the type of drug that doctors will often start patients on, due to their lower incidence of side effects. They work by increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain.¹ Brand names of this type of drug include Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro, Celexa, and Paxil.
Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) work somewhat differently than SSRIs to target depression, as they increase the levels of both serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain. Brand names of SNRIs include Cymbalta, Effexor, Fetzima, and Pristiq.
- Tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline and desipramine, also prevent the absorption of serotonin and norepinephrine, allowing the levels of these two neurotransmitters to increase in the brain.² They also affect other chemicals in the brain, however, and tend to cause more side effects than the other types of antidepressants.
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) prevent the enzyme monoamine oxidase from helping to remove norephinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine from the brain.³ One of the earliest versions of antidepressants available, these bear a high risk of serious side effects and can interact with other medications and foods. Parnate, Nardil, and Marplan are brand name MAOIs that you may have heard of.
All antidepressant medications have one thing in common: they alter the way the chemicals in your brain function. The problem is that you cannot alter the levels of one chemical without disrupting the balance of others. Blocking certain neurotransmitters in your brain has a ripple effect throughout the body – and this is where trouble arises.
Since, by design, antidepressants change the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain, it makes sense that the brain responds by making changes of its own. The intended result is a decrease in depression symptoms; other effects, however, can also arise – and not all are positive.
Though not everyone will experience every side effect, the risks are scary – especially when you consider that antidepressant medications aren’t always effective at treating depression. The risk-to-reward ratio is high; and when it comes to your mental health, why should you have to make that gamble?
How Alpha-Stim Works
Medications, and all of their scary side effects, are not the only path to relief. Alpha-Stim is the drug-free way to safely and effectively treat your depression. It is an FDA cleared, handheld medical device that employs a modality known as cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) to treat not only depression, but the anxiety and insomnia that can accompany it.
Alpha-Stim delivers a microcurrent of electricity through two electrodes that you clip onto your earlobes. The patented waveform restores balance to the neurotransmitters in your brain, without the use of chemicals. Treatments are fast – as brief as 20 minutes – and done in the comfort of your own home. The microcurrent is, for most people, subsensory; put another way, the only thing you’ll feel during a session is relief.
Over time, the benefits of Alpha-Stim are cumulative. In other words, the more you use it, the less you will need to use it to maintain the same level of relief. This is a stark contrast to antidepressant medications, which often require ever higher dosages over time as your body adapts to them. On top of that, some antidepressants can take up to 6 weeks to start to have an effect. Alpha-Stim typically works in half that time, with some users experiencing relief from the very first treatment.
Since Alpha-Stim is not a drug, there is no risk of addiction, overuse, or lasting side effects. It is safe to use in conjunction with other treatment modalities – so if you’re not yet ready to discontinue your medications, you don’t have to. And unlike with drugs, you don’t have to worry about withdrawal if you stop treatment for any reason.
Best of all, Alpha-Stim is backed by over 100 clinical research studies. And since we embrace transparency, they are all available for you to read on our website. But if you prefer testimonials from real patients over the scientific wording of research studies, there are plenty of those as well! Time and again, Alpha-Stim has been proven to relieve depression and change lives for the better.
We understand that when you are depressed, finding the right treatment can seem like an uphill battle. The trial and error process is exhausting and discouraging. When all you want to do is feel better, it can be frustrating to navigate your options and make a smart decision. That’s why we want you to try Alpha-Stim for 30 days; if you’re not amazed with your results, you can return it.
In the United States, a prescription is required (Alpha-Stim is available over the counter in other countries), so be sure to get started today. We’re here to help every step of the way, from educating your physician to helping you maximize the benefits of your device. Our dedicated Clinical Support Team can answer questions, help you troubleshoot any issues, and offer advice on the best protocol for you and your lifestyle.
The Bottom Line
Antidepressant medications are one option for treating depression, and likely the option that your physician will recommend to you first. But it’s important to know there is another choice. There is a way to treat your depression without disrupting the delicate balance of chemicals in your brain and your body.
Alpha-Stim is the fast, safe, and effective alternative. Get started today, and let nothing stop you.
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!