Adults are no strangers to anxiety. Whether or not you personally suffer from anxiety, you likely have a vague idea of what it entails. You might think of sweaty palms, shortness of breath, or feelings of panic. These are, indeed, common signs of anxiety.

But anxiety is not just for grownups. More and more children are being diagnosed with anxiety disorders. The Child Mind Institute reports that there has been a 17% increase in anxiety disorder diagnoses in children over the past 10 years. Anxiety will affect 30% of children and adolescents, yet 80% never receive care. This is especially alarming, since untreated anxiety has been linked to depression, trouble in school, and a doubled risk for substance use later in life.

What is a parent to do? Awareness is key: it is important to know that anxiety manifests differently in children than in adults. Children don’t know how to verbally express their anxiety, so it appears in other ways – which can often be misinterpreted. For example, “parents and teachers may mistakenly assume some children are missing school due to disobedience or behavior problems when they’re actually suffering from anxiety,” says Katie Finning, lead researcher in a recent study.

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Children with anxiety may complain of frequent stomachaches.

Another indicator of anxiety in children is frequent stomach aches. According to Dr. Roberto Negron, a child psychiatrist, “a third of pediatrician visits are actually related to mental health issues. When you get stressed you are impacting your serotonin receptors at the level of the gut and at the level of the brain. This can make people sick, especially little kids who don’t understand what stress is.” Your child might not make the connection between their worries and their upset stomach, but it may become apparent to you that anxiety is the culprit.

It is also important to note that boys may exhibit anxiety differently than girls do. Boys are especially susceptible to restlessness, hyperactivity, and trouble sitting still – which may even lead to an erroneous ADHD diagnosis. Oppositional behavior is more blatant in boys, as well. Says Dr. Emily Edlynn, a child psychologist, if boys “feel anxious about going to soccer practice, they might refuse to put on their shoes; it’s not because they want to be difficult, it’s because they act out their anxiety instead of talking about it.”

If you think your child might be struggling with anxiety, rest assured that medications, and all the scary side effects that come along with them, are not your only option. Alpha-Stim® is a drug-free alternative that can help – and there is solid research to prove it.

One study conducted in 2007 was designed to determine the effectiveness of Alpha-Stim cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) in children with mixed anxiety and depressive disorder (MADD). The children, aged 8 to 16, were given treatments with either Alpha-Stim or a sham Alpha-Stim CES device that didn’t emit any current, over the course of 15 days. The study found that CES is significantly effective at treating mixed anxiety and depressive disorder, and completely safe as well. No adverse reactions were reported by the children.

A young girl uses Alpha-Stim

Alpha-Stim is safe and easy to use on children and teens.

Another study sought to evaluate the effectiveness of Alpha-Stim CES in children with emotional disorders over the course of 6 to 12 months. , Alpha-Stim was proven to work again: the effective rate was an astonishing 94%. Follow-up assessments were conducted at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months, which confirmed lasting efficacy with relieved or eliminated symptoms without any adverse effects.

What exactly is Alpha-Stim? It is an FDA cleared, handheld medical device proven time and again to safely and effectively treat anxiety. Nine out of ten users experience clinically significant results; relief is long lasting and often immediate. Your child can use Alpha-Stim in the comfort of his or her own home while doing homework, watching TV, or simply spending time with the family.

A microcurrent of electricity is delivered painlessly to the brain through two earclip electrodes, in a modality known as cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES.) The patented waveform of electricity restores balance to the brain. Treatments are quick and easy, lasting as little as 20 minutes per day. There is no risk of overuse, addiction, or withdrawal.

Anti-anxiety medications carry the risk of scary side effects. Often with drugs, the dosage needs to be increased regularly in order to maintain the same level of effectiveness. With Alpha-Stim, however, results are cumulative: the more your child uses it, the better it works, and the fewer treatments he or she will need. And not only does Alpha-Stim work better than medications, but it costs less, too! It can be daunting to try to find the right treatment for your child’s anxiety; that’s why you can try Alpha-Stim for 30 days to make sure it is a good fit for you and your family.

As a mother, you want your children to feel their best, both physically and mentally. With Alpha-Stim, you don’t have to weigh the risks of side effects against the effectiveness of treatment; you can feel good about your choice. Alpha-Stim is safe, effective, and allows your children to do the most important thing they can do: enjoy being children. Get started today!

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!

Alpha-Stim® Treats Depression and Anxiety in Children and Teens