Disorders and Treatment
- Mental Illness
- Bipolar Disorder
- Mood Disorders
- Borderline Personality
- Mental Health Diagnosis
- Mental Health Treatments
- Alternative Meds
- Case Studies
This post is contributed by Jim Ingham.
Treating PTSD is a complicated mental health issue where there is no single cure-all that will work effectively for every patient. Post-traumatic stress will affect every patient differently and due to differences in experience and physiology, different treatment options will be needed to address the concerns of the individual.
Cranial Electronic Stimulation (CES) is one treatment option that has shown great promise for treating many of the symptoms that are related to PTSD. Cranial Electronic Stimulation is a treatment method where low-intensity electricity is applied to the patient with the intention of having an effect on brain function. Most CES devices work by clipping to the individual’s earlobe and the treatment is so mild that it can be used at home and while engaging in other activities.
A doctor may recommend CES treatment in their office or it may be prescribed for use in the home. For home use, the doctor will prescribe an intensity setting for the treatment and the duration of each application along with how many times a day it is to be applied. Generally, the therapist will start their patient with a lower voltage to be applied once or twice daily for about 20-30 minutes per session. The doctor may adjust the treatment schedule and the intensity depending on the results of the first few weeks of the treatment.
While there is a large body of empirical data that demonstrates the efficacy and safety of CES, the mechanism through which change occurs is not completely understood. However, studies have shown that CES affects the production and release of neurotransmitters, which is believed to be one of the key agents toward the restoration of proper brain function with this treatment method.
The FDA has approved CES for treating a range of mental health issues including anxiety, depression and insomnia. Research has also shown that CES is a very promising treatment option for patients that are suffering from PTSD. The military and many private mental health organizations and practitioners are already using CES as a means for treating symptoms related to PTSD.
While drugs have been the primary option for treating many of these conditions, especially in relation to PTSD, it has become apparent that this strategy is not meeting the needs of a significant percentage of PTSD patients. For some, the drugs may simply be ineffective, but for all too many, the side effects of the drugs cause additional problems or further aggravate the existing symptoms. The emergence of these concerns has lead clinicians and researchers to look for ways to treat PTSD sufferers by means that are less dependent upon pharmacological agents.
This is one of the primary advantages that Cranial Electronic Stimulations provides to a PTSD treatment program. It is an effective means of treatment that requires no drugs for it to work and it has no adverse side effects. The devices are also easy to use and while they should be used under the recommendation of a doctor, it is a treatment that can be self-administered by the patient in their home.
When you consider the promise of CES as a treatment option and the fact that is a form of therapy that poses little risk to the patient, it is very likely to expand in its usage in the coming years. It has already helped thousands of individuals to address a range of mental health issues and, as research of the technology advances, it may gain approval for additional treatment applications. For patients that have problems with traditional treatment options, CES should be considered as a possibility and it can offer hope for those who are struggling to deal with many of common issues that come with PTSD.
For many years, Jim Ingham has researched certain alternative health technologies which have shown to be effective for helping people with their physical and mental needs. Because of his belief that these technologies have proven to be of value, Jim now acts as a distributor for devices using some of these technologies. Living in Boulder, Colorado, he focuses his attention on this role as well as a few other business activities. He enjoys running and hiking in the Colorado mountains. For more information visit, www.pathacross.com
The information provided on the PsyWeb.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her health professional. This information is solely for informational and educational purposes. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Neither the owners or employees of PsyWeb.com nor the author(s) of site content take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading this site. Always speak with your primary health care provider before engaging in any form of self treatment. Please see our Legal Statement for further information.