A preliminary study of fMRI-guided rTMS in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder.

TitleA preliminary study of fMRI-guided rTMS in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsBystritsky, A, Kaplan JT, Feusner JD, Kerwin LE, Wadekar M, Burock M, Wu AD, Iacoboni M
JournalThe Journal of clinical psychiatry
Volume69
Issue7
Pagination1092-8
Date Published2008 Jul
ISSN1555-2101
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Anxiety Disorders, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Female, Humans, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Male, Middle Aged, Prefrontal Cortex, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Abstract

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a noninvasive method that holds promise for treating several psychiatric disorders. Yet the most effective location and parameters for treatment need more exploration. Also, whether rTMS is an effective treatment for individuals with a DSM-IV diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) has not been empirically tested. The goal of this pilot study was to evaluate whether functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)-guided rTMS is effective in reducing symptoms of GAD.

Alternate JournalJ Clin Psychiatry