How to Use the LIFTiD Headset for Depression Relief

Depression is an epidemic on a global scale! Most people experiencing the debilitation it brings are unable or unwilling to get effective treatment – due to cost, embarrassment, lack of availability, or possibly as an effect of their depression. The number of clinicians and treatment methods available pale at the scope of this real “crisis”.

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While the numbers vary, it is estimated that 10% or more of the US population suffer with some form of depression – some of which leads to over 40,000 suicides every year (about 800,000 globally!)

Talk therapy and medications are the common treatments used to address depression and can be very effective. However, clinicians and antidepressant medications are not easily available in many locations and medications can come with a steep price-tag and an array of potential side-effects.

Enter tDCS: (transcranial direct current stimulation)

tDCS is a radical new approach to treating depression. It involves applying a tiny current to the scalp, slowly modifying how and when synapses fire in the part of the brain controlling mood. Done correctly and consistently, depression can be put to a happy end by tDCS! (pun intended)

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There are now many tDCS devices in the market, sold via mental health professionals and directly to the public. See http://www.caputron.com for a good overview of tDCS hardware and prices. For depression patients, a simple to use, easy to maintain device is essential – consistent use is critical to success with tDCS!

Recently the LIFTiD tDCS headset entered the market – providing a very easy to use and low cost way for people so inclined to treat their depression without medication and with or without the guidance of a clinician (if one is not available.)

Here are suggested steps to proper use of the LIFTiD headset to treat depression.

  1. Unbox the headset and follow the included directions to charge its internal battery, prepare a bottle of salt/water solution, wet and attach electrode sponges, and fit the headset to your head.
  2. Place the prepared headset on your head and press and hold its button for two seconds to begin a 20 minute tDCS session.
  3. When the session is complete, remove the headset, rinse the sponges, and store everything in a convenient location for use the next day.

Now the HARD PART

You must do one 20 minute tDCS session per day at least five days per week – for as few as two weeks and as many as eight in order to achieve relief! tDCS only works if you are consistent and persistent! I know this can be difficult for a depressed person, but it is essential! Use a journal or an accountability partner to help you with this.

The change to your brain happens incrementally and slowly. My experience with depressed persons indicates that several sessions into tDCS use they will suddenly realize they are less and less depressed! A feeling of release comes over them that is hard to describe. For some it happens in the first week of use – for some it takes longer. Everyone is different.

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ONGOING Treatment

Once a person has begun the climb from the pit of depression, tDCS treatments can continue as desired. Depressed persons can tell when they are slipping backwards and can simply resume tDCS sessions until better. The nice thing is you own the device and can keep it and use it when you see fit. No expensive prescription drug or terrible side effects!

CAVEATS

tDCS is well researched and has a superb safety track record. But you should be aware of these items:

  1. If you feel worse during or after a tDCS session, cease using the device. You may need specific guidance or another treatment method as directed by a clinician.
  2. Some tingling under the electrodes is normal. The LIFTiD headset has large electrodes and a gentle current level so the risk of skin irritation is minimal. Mild redness caused by the tDCS session and the pressure of the headset on your skin is not unusual.
  3. Do not attempt tDCS if you are prone to seizures or have other excluding factors as listed in the LIFTiD instructions.
  4. Always involve a medical professional in your treatment plans if at all possible.

If you find that the LIFTiD headset does not work for you, don’t give up! There are many new and exciting methods for treating depression. A variation on tDCS electrode placement may be helpful too. Search the internet and speak to a clinician if possible.

See also my first LIFTiD post: https://speakwisdom.wordpress.com/2019/09/20/gentle-depression-relief-without-drugs/

For more information search the term tDCS or visit one of these websites:

http://www.caputron.com

http://www.speakwisdom.com

http://www.getliftid.com

Gentle Depression Relief Without Drugs

LIFTiD tDCS headset. (image from LIFTid)

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) now has a long track record of safely relieving depression symptoms for thousands of individuals worldwide. In fact, the European Union, Canada, Brazil, Australia, and Singapore have approved tDCS for a variety of brain related treatments. In the US, tDCS is still considered “investigational” by the FDA – but has been studied extensively – and that work continues. Check out https://www.psychiatrictimes.com/what-psychiatrists-need-know-about-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation for a bit of background.

Developed by a Harvard neurosurgeon, LIFTiD (www.getliftid.com) is a new, very easy to use tDCS device that can provide side-effect-free depression relief at low cost. Caputron (www.caputron.com) is running a $50 special on this great tDCS device that normally sells for a good price of $150 (enter the code LIFTID at checkout.)

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LIFTiD is a complete kit (including a case not shown) ready to go.

I’ve tested the LIFTiD headset and find that it works as described at the company website. It is easy to prepare for use, has one-button to activate or cancel a session, and supplies the current (1.3 mA) and voltage (max 22 v) specified. Be aware that LIFTiD is marketed as a device to “boost the brains potential” – probably to avoid FDA scrutiny – but uses a common depression treatment electrode placement. The electrodes on the LIFTiD are quite large, so they are comfortable and less likely to cause irritation.

Want to read more about tDCS? See my articles at http://www.speakwisdom.com If this technology is new to you, I suggest starting with https://speakwisdom.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/can-a-9-volt-battery-save-a-life-even-yours/

Seek professional help if at all possible. In any case, do your homework and make sure you understand what tDCS is. Does it work for everyone? No. But it works well for many!

See also: https://speakwisdom.wordpress.com/2019/09/21/how-to-use-the-liftid-headset-for-depression-relief/