DIY Don’t: Home-Zapping to Improve Teen Anxiety, Depression, & ADHD

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DIY Don’t: Home-Zapping to Improve Teen Anxiety, Depression, & ADHD

teen anxietyTeen anxiety, depression, ADHD, and other issues can become overwhelming–sometimes teens and parents turn to “home remedies” to help, but this is often dangerous and ineffective. The New York Times recently published an article discussing one of the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) ways people try to cope with adult and teen anxiety, depression, and more: electric brain stimulation. While this is done by professionals, there are products individuals can buy to do it themselves at home–but we still don’t know the possible negative effects of this.

What is DIY brain stimulation?

This type of brain stimulation is done by transcranial direct current stimulation–this experimental tactic has been used by neuroscientists for around 15 years.

Now let me make this clear, this is not electroconvulsive therapy–that’s much more intense and severe. This is a very low, weak electric current that stimulates parts of the brain. Many studies have confirmed that it has the ability to improve issues like adult and teen anxiety or depression. It can even increase an individual’s learning abilities.

According to the article, there are around 12 types of products you can buy that allow you to do this yourself at home. A large amount of people that buy these products are hoping to improve their anxiety, depression, ADHD, and other mental health issues. While we don’t have any recorded “serious injuries” from it, the long-term effects of DIY stimulation are largely unknown since it’s become more well-known and studied for less than 20 years.

Improving teen anxiety, depression, & other issues

While “home remedies” and “natural cures” seem alluring and more financially appealing, they rarely do the trick for serious teen anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. If your child truly is struggling with mental health issues, it’s important to seek out a professional to help guide you onto the best and most beneficial path for your whole family.

ViewPoint Center can help

ViewPoint Center is a mental health hospital for teens, ages 12 to 17. At ViewPoint Center, we provide superior assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and stabilization–all in a personalized environment for your child in crisis.

For more information about how ViewPoint Center treats teen anxiety, contact us today at 801-825-5222!


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