Anxiety is one of the most common psychiatric conditions in the world with prescription medication and psychotherapies as the prevailing treatments. A majority of patients with persistent symptoms find little relief with traditional therapies. Research also supports immune activity as a leading trigger for anxiety symptoms and requires testing to rule out toxins, and acute or chronic bacterial, viral, fungal infections. Some patients report new onset anxiety as a consequence of menopause and thus each patient needs to be evaluated based on age and all other concomitant symptoms. If sleep is disrupted as a result then a focused protocol for enhancing sleep could include Alpha-Stim therapy that treats anxiety and insomnia simultaneously. In recent years transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has risen as a promising safe tool for treating mood disorders such as anxiety.
Previous studies have reported in anxiety and major depressive disorder an imbalance between the activity of the right and left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex(DLPFC), with hypoactivity in the left side and hyperactivity in the right side. tDCS provides a very safe alternative to modify this imbalance by placing electrodes on the frontal scalp for 20 minutes daily to elevate activity on the left side and reduce hyperactivity on the right side which is associated with negative emotions and generation of anxiety. tDCS works well in combination with all other brain therapies and can be added as a supportive therapy with medication, psychotherapy, and even Neurofeedback therapy. tDCS sessions last 20 minutes are easily implemented in a flexible at home therapy that is very safe and convenient.