Have depression, anxiety or insomnia? An easy-to-use medical device is now available for use at home.
BY KELLY ROMAN
It's not easy living with - or treating - mood and sleep disorders. Most patients do not experience satisfactory results with medication, and the side effects are often unpleasant or even debilitating.
Patients now have new hope for recovery in a wearable device cleared by the FDA to treat depression, anxiety and insomnia, called the Fisher Wallace Stimulator®. Used for 20 minutes, once or twice a day, the device gently stimulates the brain to produce serotonin, causes no serious side effects, and reduces symptoms for most patients within the first two weeks.
"I have had great success using the device to treat severe, chronic insomnia in patients who are resistant to pharmacotherapy," reports psychiatrist Andres San Martin, MD, "Also, patients who seek a drug-free alternative to treat insomnia have used the Fisher Wallace Stimulator® to reduce or eliminate their dependence on prescription drugs."
Over 35,000 patients have been treated with the Fisher Wallace Stimulator® and less than 1% experience side effects (all minor, such as a temporary headache or dizziness). The only patients who are not qualified to use the device are those with implanted electronic devices, such as a pacemaker, electronic stent, or deep brain stimulator.
To find out if you qualify to use the device, you may answer a few simple questions on the Fisher Wallace website.
Consistent daily usage is critical for optimal results. The device is safe to use with any medication, such as antidepressants that have already been prescribed. Unlike medication, there are no sudden withdrawal effects from discontinuing use of the device.
"The bottom line is, this is a very safe, effective, easy-to-use treatment option, designed to be used in the comfort of your own home," says Co-Founder Chip Fisher.
Find out if you qualify here.