Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation

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As stated by the National Alliance of Mental Illness (2016), in a given year,1 in 5 adults in the U.S will experience some type of mental illness. A vast majority that suffer from mental or psychiatric disorders in the United States do not get the treatment and attention they need often because of the excessive cost of therapy and prescription drugs (Anxiety and Depression Association of America, n.d.). The long term effects of a mental or psychiatric disorder that goes untreated, can be detrimental to a person 's overall well-being. With the prevalence of mental disorders being so high, many researchers have turned to a treatment that would be more cost and time effective for the patient. This treatment was approved by the Food and Drug Administration(F.D.A.) and is known as Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (Food and Drug …show more content…
began in the 1900’s when a scientist believed that the currents involved in Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation would help calm the central nervous system (Klawansky S, 1995). Initially, C.E.S was known as “electrosleep therapy” primarily because it was intended to be a treatment for insomnia (Appel, C. P. 1972). Due to inconsistency in the quality of studies that were being published when C.E.S. treatment was first being researched, skepticism arose. Consequently, these sentiments continue to be relevant because researchers themselves do not fully understand the mechanism involved in C.E.S. (Klawansky S, 1995). Although obscurity and skepticism exist, researchers have reached the consensus that undoubtedly the benefits of C.E.S treatment in people who suffer from mental or psychiatric disorders outweighs the information that remains unknown about the treatment. As stated by Dr. Kirsch(2007) and the Harvard School of Public Health(2009), the quality of research that does exist on Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation is indicative that this treatment does prove to be beneficial to those who suffer from mental

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