At-Home Electroshock Therapy Sounds Scary

You know what sounds like a terrible idea? At-home electroshock therapy. But according to The Daily Beast, this isn’t as terrifying as it sounds. Writer Casey Schwartz decided to test the Fisher Wallace Cranial Stimulator, which claims to target the limbic system and stimulate the release of dopamine and serotonin. The thing looks like a remote control with two electrodes you attach to your forehead, and could potentially help with depression, anxiety, insomnia, OCD, drug addictions, and post-traumatic stress disorder. And interestingly, Casey kind of liked the device.“The device left me relaxed, but distinctly blank. For the next several hours, I hadn’t a care in the world—nor a thought,” she writes. “My mother, who was persuaded to try it after observing my seemingly unscathed experience, didn’t make it through the full 20 minutes. She peeled off the electrodes after 10, wobbled out of the room, and fell immediately into a deep sleep; the next day, she reported a night of ‘insane’ dreams.”

Yeah, I’ll have to hear whether those dreams were insanely good or insanely bad before I let that sound like a glowing endorsement. Especially since this thing costs $695. [The Daily Beast]

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