A pilot study of cranial electrotherapy stimulation for generalized anxiety disorder.

TitleA pilot study of cranial electrotherapy stimulation for generalized anxiety disorder.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsBystritsky, A, Kerwin L, Feusner J
JournalThe Journal of clinical psychiatry
Volume69
Issue3
Pagination412-7
Date Published2008 Mar
ISSN1555-2101
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Anxiety Disorders, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Electric Stimulation Therapy, Electrodes, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Pilot Projects, Questionnaires, Severity of Illness Index, Skull
Abstract

Cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) is a noninvasive procedure that has been used for decades in the United States to treat anxiety, depression, and insomnia in the general population. Whether CES is an effective treatment for patients with a DSM-IV diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) has not previously been explored. The goal of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of CES in alleviating anxiety in patients with DSM-IV-diagnosed GAD.

Alternate JournalJ Clin Psychiatry