NBC News Center Maine | SCARBOROUGH, Maine — According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 4 million children and teenagers in this country have a diagnosis of anxiety. Experts say those numbers unfortunately are on the rise during the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic.

In some cases, medication is not an option because of side effects. But an FDA cleared electrical stimulation treatment is giving a number of kids in Maine the freedom to live without fear.

Listening to 12-year-old Jordan Ashcroft describe what it’s like living with severe anxiety is heartbreaking.

“Every day I wake up wondering what my day is going to be like,” Jordan said.

The condition began after Jordan started grade school following a diagnosis of high function autism, ADHD, and speech delays.

The attacks were so bad he eventually had to be home schooled.

“I couldn’t do anything without shaking, I couldn’t even play outside with my friends without worry about my anxiety taking over,” Jordan said.

“They put him on Zoloft. He was up for 48 hours and ended up going over the handle bars of his bike,” Jordan’s mom, Candace, said.

Desperate for an alternative to medication to treat Jordan’s anxiety, the family discovered Alpha-Stim. A cranial electrical stimulation device approved by the FDA. Specialized clips worn on the earlobes deliver a microcurrent stimulating a specific group of nerve cells allowing the brain to re-balance. Jordan felt the difference after a twenty-minute session.

“I didn’t even feel like me anymore. I didn’t even feel the anxiety. It felt like someone took it and it was gone,” Jordan said.

Suzanne Sylvester, a speech language pathologist who provides Alpha-Stim therapy at her clinic Scarborough NeuroDevelopment Center, says patients have a feeling of calm that lasts for a day or longer following the treatment. Over time, dealing with traumatic events improves as well.

“Your brain develops the capacity to cope with external stress,” Sylvester said.

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!