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Nervous noob: seeking some general advice/info for depression montage with “the brain stimulator”

The #1 disclaimer on the side of this subreddit reads:

1.Using a tDCS device safely requires (at minimum) a basic understanding of Ohm’s law and its implications. If you don’t understand why you can be killed by a 9V battery, you probably shouldn’t be tDCSing yourself.

Ruh roh. I took a basic engineering course in college, and the only thing I definitely remember is that I never really understood how electrical circuits work… I could memorize enough to get by, but I never really understood any of it. I’m dumb enough to do this anyway, so any help with not dying would be great.

I’ve been reading articles all day long but they don’t really help me… I want specifics for my exact situation, which is as follows:

  • I bought “The Brain Stimulator” with the deluxe accessories, which uses two very large sponges (about 2″x2″).

  • I bought this for depression/anxiety. I am not attempting to make myself a genius, I’m just hoping to feel less shitty.

  • I was hoping to use a montage that placed an electrode on the arm/shoulder because they seem less prone to some problems.

  • I was hoping to avoid any montages with an electrode so close to my eye, due to the “flashing lights” some have reported.

  • That said, I realize that the popular depression montage seems to be F3/Fp2, but I’m willing to try it.

Any advice/pictures/links extremely appreciated. I am currently using the 10/20 positioning manual for placement info, which I believe I am following/understanding pretty clearly, but F3/Fp2 seem so damn close, and so damn close to my eye…

Thanks so much!

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Need another tDCS, but which one?

I recently ordered and received a “the brain stimulator” device. I really liked it, but it was quickly given to a friend of mine who experienced incredible relief from an anxiety condition, whereas I was only planning to use it for enhanced learning, etc.

So, now I’m in the market for the second time, and I’m not sure what to do. I’d like to keep the price under $200, and I’m not ready to build my own yet.

I’m currently looking at the variable 9-12-18v device from ssd, the cognitive kit, or another the brain stimulator.

Am I overlooking anything? What would you pick and why?


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rTMS unit for less than 900$ from China

A lot of tDCS Redditors are interested in non-pharmacological ways of dealing with anxiety and mood. I personally would love to try and to have TMS therapy device, but they are ridiculously expensive (like >10 000$ ?). I was surfing around Alibaba and look what I’ve found:

Maybe someone wants to try it? ūüôā

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Introduction To Our New Blog

June 13, 2015

Welcome to our new blog!

We’re very excited to launch this blog¬†as it’s been something we’ve wanted to do for a long time now. We¬†hope that this blog will serve as a platform to educate others on the latest happenings with tDCS, and also about new and exciting things which¬†are happening within our Company.

So, what’s new with us?

The 2015 Quantified Self Conference

We’re¬†happy to share that The Brain Stimulator¬†will be a sponsor of the 2015 Quantified Self conference in San Francisco next week! From June 18th to the 20th we’ll be engaging in discussions¬†and educational seminars alongside some of the most advanced and educated individuals in the Quantified Self Industry. For those who are unfamiliar, Quantified Self is a term that has been coined for the movement of using technologies to track one’s inputs, states, and performance in everyday life. This can mean¬†anything from simply counting steps or¬†tracking what you eat,¬†to more advanced techniques such as tracking the¬†bands of lighting around you or¬†the quality of the oxygen in your house. By attending this conference, I aim to introduce the “data gatherers,” with data influencing (i.e. tDCS).

Often times individuals will get so caught up with tracking their lives, that they never actually quantify the data they’re gathering. Or they will quantify the data, but will neglect to act on what they’ve learned to¬†introduce positive changes in their lives. I believe tDCS can be the cure to this “data-paralysis”, as in my experience, it’s one of the easiest way to communicate with the brain, producing noticeable changes within ones everyday life.

The final day of the Conference (June 20th) will be an Expo which is open to anyone who wants to attend. There will be display booths, breakout sessions, product demonstrations, and so much more! As a Sponsor, we’re able to offer those who would like to attend, $10 off the regularly $25 Expo ticket price! If you’re in the Bay Area and want to attend the Expo, please visit this link, and enter in the coupon “brainstimulator10” (without quotes) upon checkout.¬†

We hope to see you there!


Detailed Comparison of tDCS vs Other Brain Stimulation Techniques

We’ve almost finished constructing a new page on our website¬†providing a detailed comparison of the various different brain stimulation techniques currently being utilized in modern medicine. While The Brain Stimulator is not a medical device, and it’s use as such is not recommended nor condoned, we constantly receive emails from individuals asking us about the differences between tDCS and the alternative medical neurostimulation technologies. ¬†After doing a copious amount of research, we couldn’t find a single place on the internet which described all of these different techniques and how they compare in one location.¬†So we decided to create¬†one ourselves.

In our comparison, we take a look at the three most common brain stimulation techniques which are currently being practiced by medical professionals: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT,  previously referred to as Electroshock Therapy), and Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). You can read all about our comparison of these technologies, and how researchers are uncovering the possibility that tDCS may be a safer, more effective alternative by visiting our new Brain Stimulation Comparison Page, which should be live in the next few days.


That’s all for now! Thanks for reading and we look forward to continuing to utilize this blog as a platform to provide you¬†further exciting news and information.

2009/04/10 – Using non-invasive brain stimulation to augment motor training-induced plasticity.

Published In: Journal of neuroengineering and rehabilitation
Authors: N Bolognini, A Pascual-Leone, F Fregni, , (Hover for Affiliation)
Abstract: Therapies for motor recovery after stroke or traumatic brain injury are still not satisfactory. To date the best approach seems to be the intensive physical therapy. However the results are limited and functional gains are often minimal. The goal of motor training is to minimize functional disability and optimize functional motor recovery. This is thought to be achieved by modulation of plastic changes in the brain. Therefore, adjunct interventions that can augment the r… [Read More]

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