What’s the Best CES Device for Anxiety?

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Update: December 20, 2019
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reclassified CES devices intended for the treatment of anxiety and/or insomnia from Class III to Class II medical devices. CES devices intended for the treatment of depression will remain Class III and need to file a premarket approval application (PMA) to retain clearance for depression. This article has been updated to reflect those changes.1

Cleared by the FDA for the treatment of depression, anxiety, and/or insomnia, Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) has always been a popular choice for those seeking treatment from these neurological conditions. However, effective December 20, 2019, CES has been reclassified by the Food and Drug Administration. To summarize the changes made:

  • The FDA is reclassifying Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) devices, intended to treat anxiety and/or insomnia from Class III to Class II, a lower risk category.
  • For CES devices intended to treat depression, the filing of a premarket approval application (PMA) or a notice of completion of a product development protocol (PDP) is required.

What does this mean? CES as a technology retains FDA clearance for anxiety and insomnia (Class II) as well as for depression (Class III). However, in order for a device to market itself as FDA cleared for depression, the manufacturer must run a new study and submit a Premarket Approval (PMA) that shows the safety and effectivness of the device in treating depression. In this article we will spotlight what we believe to be the best CES device for aiding in the treatment of anxiety and/or insomnia. Due to the reclassification of CES devices, we will not be discussing the use of CES devices for the treatment of depression.

mindGear CES - The Drug-Free, Hassle-Free Treatment For Anxiety And Insomnia

Most of our brain cells are influenced directly or indirectly by serotonin, a naturally produced chemical that acts as a neurotransmitter relaying messages between areas of the brain. If there is an imbalance in serotonin levels, subsequent changes may occur that could effect someone's mood and sleep cycles. This can happen for many reasons including low brain cell production of the chemical, fewer receptors for it in the brain, or a shortage of tryptophan – the original chemical from which serotonin is derived.

The mindGear CES system acts as a gentle push of sorts, encouraging the patient’s mind to shift to a healthier state by triggering an increase in serotonin production. By avoiding often-inhibiting side-effects of drug treatments, mindGear stimulates the brain through a completely safe, controlled electrical current. In turn, this helps to improve the patient’s mood, appetite, sleep cycle, memory and knowledge retention, and more – all without unwanted after-effects that could otherwise detract from treatment effectiveness.

How Do I Use mindGear?

By far our most popular CES devices for treating anxiety and insomnia, mindGear consists of a battery-powered handheld medical device, which is designed for streamlined user operation. It is connected to the head of the user via high-quality adhesive electrodes (optional earclip variants are included as well). Through this electrode system, low-intensity energy is routed to the brain using innovative stimulator technology. This encourages a natural “self-healing” of the brain by reactivating specific processes that influence an ideal state of mind and optimal mood. This device helps the brain produce serotonin and acetylcholine, essential natural chemicals that contribute to keeping anxiety at bay, to help the mind and body remain calm and relaxed and in turn help with insomnia.

How is mindGear Better than Drug Treatments?

mindGear is cleared by the FDA for anxiety and insomnia as a science-driven therapy alternative without the detrimental side effects associated with traditional drug-based treatments. Pharmaceuticals essentially “wash” the brain – think of it as a band-aid solution that affects the entire mind rather than a very specific, inactive area. mindGear works by recognizing that the brain already has its own process for administering relief, which is activated by specific forms of energy. This makes the device safe and side-effect-free because it is designed to encourage natural self-healing processes rather than repress them. There’s no need to keep taking pills, and complications from pharmaceuticals can be a thing of the past.

In as little as a single session, you may experience improved optimism, peace of mind, and overall mood with the help of the mindGear CES system. With continued use every so often, many users experience a lasting, beneficial brain change. In short, this is an innovative and highly effective means of training the mind to help heal itself, leading to improved sleep cycles and a reduction in anxiety. To learn more about mindGear and CES technology, view our product selection or contact us today.

CES devices purchased by customers in the US must first be authorized by a licensed healthcare provider. International customers don’t need to do this. Click here for access to a telemedicine authorization service.


  1. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/12/20/2019-27295/neurological-devices-reclassification-of-cranial-electrotherapy-stimulator-devices-intended-to-treat

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