I have anxiety and stress, I would like to try that device but I need to see some reviews first, please help!
Has anyone used the fisher wallace stimulator? Any reviews?
Question posted by Titareza525 on 22 Oct 2013
Last updated on 19 August 2016 by nickmason29
I don't own this unit, and I would love to buy one. But, I believe, it is way too overpriced. I purchased a made in the USA tDCS device couple months ago around $100 range and have been using it for my chronic depression and anxiety. It is really helping and I reduced the medication dose to half, no side effects at all. Some of your comparisons are not true in the chart. I use it at home, every day.
What is the advantage of tACS over tDCS? The explanation seems wage.
Does it really cost that much to manufacture and sell at $599 price range? I don't think so. It seems like it is just a marketing trick because the unit is new and the level of consumers who can buy it with this price is not satisfied yet. Please prove me wrong and I will buy one.
I DON'T HAVE DOUBT OF THE UNIT FUNCTIONALITY, I BELIEVE THE UNIT AND STIMULATION TECHNOLOGY WORKS ON DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY. EVEN MY PSYCHIATRIST AGREES WITH ME.
I hope this review will help to both patients and the manufacturers.
I've been using the FWS for about 2 months and I've noticed a decrease in my depression. (And anxiety). I'm able to accomplish things, answer the phone, be productive - all of which I wasn't really able to do because my depression holds me down. I feel best when I use it twice a day for 20 mins, and it's easy to do. I like that I'll be able to use it indefinitely; just need to replace the batteries. I think it's a great investment, even though Medicaid didn't cover it.
I started using the Fisher Wallace Stimulator at least 6 months ago for depression, twice a day at low power. I thought I was getting better (perhaps the power of wishful thinking). But after a couple of months I saw no difference. I increased to full power still twice a day, no change. For the last month, I have been using the Fisher Wallace at full power 4 to 6 times a day (recommended maximum is 2x/day) with no response. On the positive side, I do fall asleep much faster when I use it at bedtime. I don't feel any effect from the Fisher Wallace on anxiety and stress at all.
This device has changed my life. I started to use it last April at the suggestion of my psychiatrist. He had heard a lot of great things about it from his colleagues at Columbia Psychiatry. I have tried every antidepressant and combination thereof, out there, and nothing worked. Alas, I am what is called Treatment Resistant. In any case, within a month, I was able to stop taking klonopin. A drug I had used for several years to treat anxiety. I was taking this every day at a dose of .05 to 1 mg a day. I can honestly tell you that I had NO withdrawal symptoms and have not used this drug ever since. I believe this device somehow overrode the withdrawal symptoms while additionally helping with anxiety. I also lowered my Prozac from 20 mgs to 10 mgs. I have remained on just this one drug since it may or may not also be helping a little bit - and I did not want to upset the apple cart too much.
It is possible here, too, that the device somehow makes the Prozac more effective and therefore effective at a lower dose (one that is usually considered a non-therapeutic dose). I was never one to have a placebo response to any prior drug use - so I truly feel that my success with this device is genuine and I heartily recommend it to you. All the best
I used the device for about 6 weeks on the recommended regimen of 2 30 minute sessions per day. I was treating an episode of depression. I saw no real difference in my mood and after 2 months I ceased using the device
I've been using it 20 min./day for 8 months. I still have insomnia, but I see an improvement in my mood during the day. I am less anxious and less hostile.
I have used it at full level (4) as described for about 4 months. I'm somewhat better (anxiety) but hard to tell if it is this or the meds. Originally I was told Medicare would pay for it. I see now that FW says they will not, which explains why I have not received any reimbursement. Very disappointed.
Yes. I have had it for about a month. I don't get around to using it every day as I want to and should, but it is very simple to use. The instructions show dipping the sponges in a cup of water. You really can just hold them under a faucet. It can travel easily and comes in a small zippered case. I keep mine in a Dooney and Bourke cosmetic case. I usually plan to go through mail, watch TV or some sedentary activity while I wear it as I have a lot of hair and the sponge cases tend to loosen and fall off if I move around a lot and the setting wheel on the actual machine can easily slide, changing my setting. When it's on I sense very mild flashing with each pulse but it's extremely mild and not bothersome at all. I think it seems to be helping my depression, anxiety and sleep disorder. I need more time religiously using it to really tell, but the change seems subtle. Definitely worth trying.
The company says Medicare will not pay for it. I reviewed the Medicare coverage book and saw nothing that indicates that. I charged the machine and submitted my own request for reimbursement from Medicare. Go on line or call Medicare for the simple form. Have not heard back yet. Try it- nothing to lose and may get safe relief.
I originally bought the stimulator for my adult son about 18 months ago for depression and anxiety. He was a sporadic user of the device so I am sure it could have worked better had he used it correctly. Unfortunately, he took his own life in July. I have also struggled with depression and anxiety, too. I am currently using the device at full power at least twice a day as directed. I have been doing this for the last couple of months and I can state this: It definitely helps for anxiety and my insomnia. You do feel relaxed after using it. I will use it twice in a row most times,(when it shuts off, I turn it back on for another 20 minutes), which may not be the way the instructions say but I felt like I needed the maximum effect from the device. Sometimes this means I am doing 3-4, 20 minute sessions per day instead of the recommended 2. As for depression, I think it helps with that too, but I do not have enough experience to say for sure.
I have not taken any SSRI/SNRI drugs for over 2 months and my depression wavers, but generally is doing as good as when I was on Effexor. As for the efficacy of the unit overall, I think it would be of value to the thousands if not millions out there that have "struck out" with all other means to combat these debilitating conditions. It is expensive but they have their money back guarantee. I would charge it on a credit card and if it did not work, return it and that would keep your cash outlay to a minimum. I have had good dealings with the company, too. Hope this helps.
I used it once a day for about 6 months, cranked all the way up to its highest level, and kept it on up to an hour... and I never noticed any improvement with depression, anxiety or insomnia. I wound up selling it on eBay.
I have been using the stimulator for 3 months and I have improved some. It took 2 weeks of using it twice a day for 20 minutes each before I noticed a little change in my attitude. Very suttle change but it was a surprise when I became aware of it. Used it at this same rate for 6weeks, then went to #3 setting for a week and #4 after that. I am using it every 2 weeks or so now on #4 setting for maintenance. I think I should go back to daily use at the #2 setting for a while now. Don't expect this to be a cure all. It hasn't been for me since I have so many areas I need knots untied in but God will have to heal those. That said,the stimulator seems to have helped me to some degree.
I purchased the FWD about two months ago for insomnia. I have to conclude the FWD is effective because I have had to take a sleep aid (Ambien) only one time since I began treatment with the FWD. I can also report that the FWD was very effective for treating a severe back pain event I unexpectedly (but also in this case serendipitously) experienced a few weeks ago. After several days of standard pharmacological treatment and, out of desperation, I hooked up the FWD as instructed. Frankly I did not expect to see any results of significance but I was pleasantly surprised to experience a marked decrease in discomfort that lasted until the next back-attack spasm. The offending muscle(s) had definitely been subdued.
I have read the other reviews and I cannot account for why I find the FWD to be effective whereas others have not. One thing that may be of consequence is that I found it easy to incorporate treatment protocol into my existing routines. An alarm clock wakes me every morning to provide me a 30-45 minute "buffer" after taking a daily medication (for treatment of high blood pressure). It is during this time that I plug in to the FWD for the morning treatment.
I did not like the overly involved technique provided by the manufacturer for applying the pads (in a manner that insures good skin contact), so I fashioned my own device. Mechanically it operates like a headphone set and makes it much more convenient for me to quickly apply the pads transversely anywhere on the skull. So, when the alarm goes off the "pad set" is right there (still sufficiently moist from the previous evening's treatment session) and in less than ten seconds I'm plugged in.
My end-of-day treatment occurs right after I go to bed. I run the FWD for the standard time period after which I remove the pad set and hang it on the headboard. In the morning I often run double treatment sessions (40 minutes), altering pad position and power depending on the effect I'm looking for. The effectiveness I have experienced may be enhanced by the fact that I am already in a fairly restful and quiet state when undergoing treatment.
I must report that a main reason I continue to use the FWD on a daily basis is because I liken the experience to a "brain massage" (if such a thing were possible), or something analogous to sinking one's sore body into a tub of hot water for a nice, relaxing soak. I find that (initially) lower power settings (higher power settings are like a masseuse digging in even harder-- perhaps muscularly effective, but not very comfortable), and locating the pads level with and just behind the ears to be most effective for experiencing the pleasure of a brain massage. It just plain feels good and after the morning treatment session I get out of bed more refreshed and feeling, if not outright positive, at least sanguine.
I would certainly recommend to anyone considering purchasing the FWD to go ahead and give it an honest trial demonstration. It is (rather) expensive so in my mind the FWD should be more than just marginally effective to justify its purchase. Based on other reviews published here (as of this writing), it would appear one has have a slightly better than 50-50 chance the device will prove satisfactory, and a month should be sufficient time to make that determination. I think one would discover quite soon whether or not the device is effective. (Test: If after three weeks you are asking yourself if it's effective, then it probably isn't.) If the FWD doesn't deliver the desired outcome, send it back for a refund.
tITAREZA525 I see you have plenty of responses But when i asked my doctor he just said save my money. The verdict is still out and was not impressed with what results it has shown. GOOGLE IT AND READ MORE.
Hi, I used this device and it didn't do much for me, I think the effect is very subtle but it may work for some if used with meds possibly, overall not too impressed with the device, word of caution! If your insurance company says they cover it make sure you find out how much is covered first! My fault for not asking but mine said it was covered and after haggling with them to get any reimbursement they finally covered 133.00 of it!!! So I wound up paying 600 bucks for this thing, crazy!!
I am a licensed psychologist in Michigan who has been utilizing a variety of non-traditional (i.e. non-pharmacutical) methods of treating my patients. After researching and reading about the Fisher-Wallace device (FWD), I felt it would be a useful addition to my treatment methods for depression, anxiety, and sleep difficulties. The FWD, unlike medication approaches, has no systemic side-effects, doesn't suffer from the on-off patterns of medication programs, and may be used as a supplemental treatment for those patients already on one or more medications without any fears of drug interactions. I believe it's effectiveness is best understood by neurological "learning theory"; that is, it utilizes the inherent neuroplasticity of the brain to use new neural networks for improved functioning. This is well explained in Norman Doidge's book, "The Brain's Way of Healing."
I won't share client stories to maintain confidentiality, but I will describe my wife's experience with the FWD. My wife was diagnosed with Parkinson's about 2.5 years ago. Parkinson's has numerous non-motor symptoms which are little known outside the Parkinson's patient community such as, sleep disruptions, constipation, anxiety disorders, depression, to name a few. These symptoms are related to the ongoing decline of the neurotransmitter dopamine. My wife experienced some sleep disruptions, anxiety, and increased vulnerability to muscle stiffness (related to bradykinesia, her primary motor symptom). We had already been using EEG biofeedback since her diagnosis, but there were still periods of sleep difficulty and anxiety, and because she was engaging in fairly intense therapeutic exercise 6 days a week, she would frequently have muscle and joint pain along with the stiffness and rigidity associated with bradykinesia. I located the sponge pads for stimulating the following areas, right temporal lobe and frontal lobe (T3-FP1) and sensory motor cortex (C3-C4). Because my wife is more affected on her right side, the red sponge was placed on the right side and black sponge on the left (when using for muscle pain, the black sponge is placed on the affected pain site because the left brain controls the right side, the black sponge was placed on the opposite hemisphere - the left side, as the area to be stimulated). Ok, how has it worked? Very well! Remember, when working with pain, emotional symptoms, etc., the neural network rewiring is a process, a learning process, so a single session is NOT going to be a miracle worker. Regular sessions are required and necessary for the brain to disassociate neural networks in which the symptom is rooted with new networks established associated with the improved or new function, behavior, etc. She was also able to treat some chronic shoulder pain in which regular treatment has nearly resolved after a few weeks of daily treatment.
While this is an expensive device, it is effective, useful across a variety of symptoms, has no side-effects or negative systemic impacts, and is fairly simple to use. The caveats are as follows: the user must be commited to regualr use as reprograming neural networks is rooted in learning theory and takes time (it isn't a quick fix!), the user must recognize that because it is a learning process, patience must supplement one's commitment - results are incremental but cumulative!
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