Outpatient clinics on London’s Harley Street are now offering a novel treatment for depression called Flow Neuroscience Brain Stimulation, which requires patients to wear a special type of headgear called a brain stimulation headset.
Despite the fact that depression affects a significant portion of the population, there is still a social stigma associated with the illness. According to the statistics, the prevalence of mental illnesses has been steadily climbing ever since the early 1990s. It is estimated that there are 3 million people living with depression in the United Kingdom, and around 300 million people worldwide. The number of prescriptions written for antidepressants in the UK has nearly doubled in only the past ten years. On the other hand, there is a more effective way to prevent our country from turning into a nation of pill poppers!
In June of this year, the Swedish business introduced Flow to the market in the United Kingdom. It includes a brain stimulation headgear designed for clinical use as well as a companion app for use on iOS and Android devices.
It has been demonstrated in clinical investigations that were printed in the British Journal of Psychiatry that the type of brain stimulation that is used by the headset has an effect that is comparable to that of antidepressants. The most significant difference is that there are fewer side effects overall, and they are less severe.
The stimulation of transcranial direct current is what makes this thing function. It works by activating neurons in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, which is the region of the brain that is responsible for controlling cognitive abilities as well as emotional expression. Depression is often characterised by a decrease in activity in this region of the brain.
The news that the headgear would be made available to patients at the Chelsea Psychology Clinic in London was revealed in the statement that was made today. Ten additional clinics on Harley Street are conducting clinical trials using the technology in the hopes of eventually offering it as a treatment for depression in conjunction with other, more conventional forms of therapy.
We are proud of the fact that we treat mental health disorders using an interdisciplinary and therapeutic approach. Dr Elena Touroni, a consultant psychologist at The Chelsea Psychology Clinic and the clinic’s clinical director, shared her thoughts.
“Our highly regarded professionals now have a development device to cure depression and assist patients in overcoming their mental health issues thanks to the brain stimulation headgear developed by Flow,”
People who suffer from mild to moderate depression may find some relief from using the device. Even though it has been approved for use as a medical product, a doctor’s note is not required in order to purchase it. Flow Neuroscience has already received clearance from the relevant authorities in Europe (for its Class IIa medical device), and the company is working toward obtaining clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States in the near future.
Flow can be obtained from flowneuroscience.com for the suggested retail price of £399. In addition to that, there is a pay-as-you-go option available at a monthly cost of £34.