Some Antidepressants Relieve Depression but Increase Anxiety
Alpha-Stim Treats Both, So You Don’t Have to Choose
Some things just go together: snowstorms and hot cocoa; peanut butter and jelly; cookies and milk. Unfortunately, not all things that go together are quite so enjoyable. Depression and anxiety, for example, often go hand in hand. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), “60% of those with anxiety will also have symptoms of depression, and the numbers are similar for those with depression also experiencing anxiety.”
60% of those with anxiety will also have symptoms of depression, and the numbers are similar for those with depression also experiencing anxiety.
With doctors increasingly referring to depression and anxiety as “two sides of the same coin”, treating depression is not always simple. It can take time and patience to discover the best path to relief for your unique set of symptoms. If you are under the care of a physician for your depression, you are likely aware that there are several options available to you, including medications.
Medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) have shown efficacy in depression and some types of anxiety. Yet, benzodiazepines, are only effective in anxiety. The dosage levels for SSRIs in patients with depression and anxiety are often higher than when treating depression alone. In addition, SSRIs take longer to work in patients with anxiety and depression. Making the right choice can become even more complicated when you’re dealing with anxiety at the same time.
Stress and disrupted sleep are predisposing factors for depression and anxiety, and the medications that address symptoms of depression may also relieve symptoms of anxiety. If you are already struggling with depression, with or without anxiety, you should not have to worsen one to find relief from the other. The truth, however, is that some antidepressants can actually make your anxiety worse. Even people who have not previously struggled with anxiety may find that antidepressants make them feel on edge and anxious.
One popular antidepressant drug is known to cause anxiety, restlessness, agitation, and insomnia. The increased anxiety can be bad enough to make some people discontinue the medication.
One popular antidepressant drug is known to cause anxiety, restlessness, agitation, and insomnia. The increased anxiety can be bad enough to make some people discontinue the medication. A study conducted in 2014 found that approximately 7% of people taking antidepressants experienced, in the first month, an increase in anxiety, agitation, irritability, aggression, panic attacks, and jitteriness/trouble staying still. This cluster of symptoms, occurring in the first few weeks of taking an antidepressant medication, is referred to as “activation syndrome.”Another review of multiple studies found a much higher incidence, with up to 65% of antidepressant users experiencing anxiety and jitteriness.
For those who already deal with anxiety, the risk of these symptoms may seem too much to bear. How can you choose between getting relief from your depression without exacerbating your anxiety? The good news is that you don’t have to make that choice. You can treat both your depression and your anxiety at the same time, using the same method.
Alpha-Stim® is the option that doesn’t require you to make any trade-offs. That’s because it is FDA cleared and clinically proven to treat both depression and anxiety. Alpha-Stim is a handheld cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) device that fits in the palm of your hand. A tiny current of electricity is transmitted through two electrodes that clip onto your earlobes, restoring balance to your brainwaves and making you feel better fast. Treatments are painless, easy, and take just 20 minutes each day in the comfort of your own home.
Alpha-Stim is FDA cleared and clinically proven to treat both depression and anxiety.
Since Alpha-Stim is not a drug, there is no risk of addiction or lasting side effects. It is safe for use on people of all ages, from teens to the elderly. Alpha-Stim can be used in conjunction with other treatment modalities – so if you’re currently taking medications, you don’t have to discontinue them if you don’t want to (always check with your physician before making changes to your medications).
When you begin using Alpha-Stim, there is no risk of side effects associated with starting a new treatment (known as activation syndrome) and no risk of withdrawal if you choose to stop. Results with Alpha-Stim are cumulative over time: the more you use it, the better you’ll feel, and the less often you’ll need it. Some people choose to continue with daily treatments, and others find that they can use Alpha-Stim on an as-needed basis. You have the freedom to choose.
If you are looking for the best possible treatment for your depression, why not choose the option that makes you feel better all around? Don’t settle for a treatment that makes you choose between depression and anxiety. You deserve relief from both; that’s what makes Alpha-Stim the best possible choice. It allows you to embrace another one of those famous pairings: having your cake and eating it too.
Alpha-Stim for Anxiety, Insomnia, and Depression
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.