Science drives everything we do

In 2023 we invested in a clinical trial - the gold standard in scientific research.

Flow was demonstrated to be twice as effective as antidepressants and users reported no severe side effects1.

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Twice as effective as antidepressants

Flow is twice as effective as the 21 best selling antidepressants1, in a placebo controlled, double-blind, randomised controlled clinical trial.

This is measured using an 'odds ratio' - a common, standardised method of comparing results across trials.

You can read the pre-print here, the full paper will be available in 2024.

RESULTS AND REVIEWS - Unlike medication

Unlike medication, Flow has 0 severe side effects

60% of people on antidepressants report 10 or more adverse side effects - half of them report suicidality2.

With Flow, 0 severe side effects have been reported3.

Less than 4% of users get minor side effects, the most common are skin irritation and headaches.

Our users see impressive results

Alice

77% see a clinical improvement within 21 days

Depression starts to improve within 3 weeks4

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66% have less anxiety in 21 days

Feelings of unease are reduced within 3 weeks4

Barry

57% are not clinically depressed

At 10 weeks, depressive symptoms have cleared1

Leading Doctors and Academics support Flow

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Flow’s exciting and encouraging data raise the prospect of a real advance in the treatment of depression…a helpful intervention for many people suffering from major depression.

Allan Young

Chair of Mood Disorders, King’s College London

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Flow’s results show a clear separation of active and sham treatment in a large, multisite randomised controlled trial… a very promising development in mental health treatment.

Corey Keller

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, Stanford University

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Flow has gained popularity among our patients. This positive reception speaks volumes about the effectiveness and patient satisfaction associated with Flow.

Azhar Zafar

GPA Director of Research, NHS GP

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With Flow’s brain stimulation headset our highly respected experts now have a new tool to treat depression.

Elena Touroni, PhD

Clinical Director, Chelsea Psychology Clinic

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Home-based treatment that is safe and evidence-based. A major step forward for patients with depression.

Sophia Frangou, MD PhD

Professor of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai & Editor-in-Chief of European Psychiatry

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By combining tDCS with behavioral therapy, the Flow team has created a powerful treatment solution.

Andre Brunoni, MD PhD

Assoc. Professor of Psychiatry, University Hospital of Sao Paulo

Real life stories from Flow users Annie and Selina

Annie's story
Selina's story

Trustpilot Reviews

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Annie

My life was falling apart around me. I couldn't have anticipated how much better it made me. I will always have to work at staying well, but Flow has given me a reliable tool.

Annie

Aylesbury

Mirac

After 2-3 weeks, I felt more positive and less pessimistic.

Mirac

Liverpool

Tomas

I feel so much calmer and more focused after using it.

Tomas

Bournemouth

Carlie

Flow has really changed my life. I was extremely suicidal and it helped me keep going.

Carlie

Birmingham

Jade

After 3 weeks I had become more positive, my head was clearer. I felt less cluttered, more relaxed, and anxious thoughts decreased.

Jade

Bracknell, Berkshire

Sarah-Louise

Meds were making me numb. Since using Flow, I have my sparkle back. I feel alive.

Sarah-Louise

Liverpool

Sergio

My psychiatrist read about Flow and had good things to say. It gave me the confidence to use the device.

Sergio

Swindon

Luke

I was going through a divorce and finding things very challenging. Flow gave me more energy, my brain felt more healthy... it helped me through a dark patch.

Luke

Essex

Lindsay

Since using Flow I have felt a vast difference in my energy. I am happier than I have been for a long time.

Lindsay

Derry

Margaret

I used to go to bed in the afternoons, now the days don't seem long enough. I feel lighter in my head. I feel alive.

Margaret

UK

Chris

I'm beginning to feel a lot, lot better after every session. I'm cutting down on the antidepressants, my mind is less fuzzy and I can think straighter.

Chris

UK

Paul

The major benefits for me are that I feel more resilient and able to cope.

Paul

UK

Dan

I went on a three hour walk yesterday, which is unheard of me. It's helped me get out the rut.

Dan

UK

Flow's cofounder, Daniel talks about the results

Our founder and Chief Clinical Officer, Daniel talks about the evidence we have so far that Flow is an effective treatment for depression. (6 minutes long)

FAQs

If the Flow treatment is helpful for the first 10 weeks of your treatment, we recommend you to continue for at least another 6 to 12 months, even if you have become symptom-free.

Our team of clinicians have developed detailed guidance on how to use Flow which you can read here.

Using the headset feels different for everyone. A number of factors will affect how you experience Flow, for example, sleep quality and skin sensitivity and therefore sensations may vary among sessions. It usually feels a little more intense during the first 3 minutes of a stimulation session.

Some people have reported not feeling anything while others have reported feeling an itchy, slightly tingling sensation; like a stinging or a mild burning sensation on the forehead.

We recommend following the behavioural therapy courses in the app to further support the creation and maintenance of healthy habits that have been proven to help reduce depression.

If you don't want to do that, you don't have to. You can listen to music, watch TV, some of users do puzzles or sudoku whilst stimulating.

It is important to note that the Flow headset should not be used while operating heavy machinery, near water, or while performing intense exercise.

The headset also requires continuous contact to the forehead.

A stimulation session takes 30 minutes and can be done whenever works best for you. Whether that be while you eat breakfast to start your day, while replying to emails at work, or even reading while winding down for bed. Flow is a wireless headset that can go wherever you go. Just remember to charge it before use.

Some users have reported feeling energized after stimulation and for those, it would be recommended to use Flow earlier in the day. Some users have reported feeling sleepy after stimulation and for those, it would be ideal to use Flow before going to bed.

Most users do not feel sleepy or energized after a stimulation so it does not matter when the stimulation takes place during the day.

Most Flow users experience an improvement in their depression within 3 weeks of using Flow.

We’d advise everyone to complete the full 10 week initial program before evaluating whether Flow is working for them. If Flow has improved your depression after 10 weeks, we’d advise you to continue the treatment for at least another 6 to 12 months.

You can read more on using Flow long-term here.

Yes. The Flow device was designed by experts and is based on tDCS techniques that have been used in clinics for over a decade to treat depression. The Flow device has undergone research that confirms it is a safe and effective treatment for depression. tDCS is also listed as a treatment for depression on the NHS website.

Read more about Safety and Precautions here.

Our real-world data shows that 77% of Flow users experience improvement after just 3 weeks of use. With our 30-day money-back guarantee, you can try Flow and if you find that it doesn’t provide you with the expected results, you can submit a refund request within 30 days of receiving it and receive a full refund.

Please visit our Help Centre to find answers to other commonly asked questions.

References

1 Double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial (n=173) to measure the effectiveness and safety of Flow’s at-home tDCS depression treatment (2023).
2 Read J, Williams J. Curr Drug Saf. 2018;13 (3) : 176-186.
3 Real world data from Flow, Data on File (n=12,000)
4 Real world data from Flow, Data on File, (n=1,200)