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Social anxiety disorder: radio electric asymmetric conveyor brain stimulation versus sertraline

Author(s): Fontani V | Mannu P | Castagna A | Rinaldi S

Journal: Patient Preference and Adherence
ISSN 1177-889X

Volume: 2011;
Issue: default;
Start page: 581;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Vania Fontani1, Piero Mannu1,2, Alessandro Castagna1, Salvatore Rinaldi11Department of Neuro Psycho Physio Pathology, Rinaldi Fontani Institute, Florence; 2Psychic Studies Center, Cagliari, ItalyPurpose: Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is a disabling condition that affects almost 5% of the general population. Many types of drugs have shown their efficacy in the treatment of SAD. There are also some data regarding psychotherapies, but no data are available today about the efficacy of brain stimulation techniques. The aim of the study is to compare the efficacy of noninvasive brain stimulation neuro psycho physical optimization (NPPO) protocol performed by radio electric asymmetric conveyor (REAC) with that of sertraline in adults with SAD.Patients and methods: Twenty SAD patients on sertraline were compared with 23 SAD patients who refused any drug treatment and who chose to be treated with NPPO-REAC brain stimulation. This was a 6-month, open-label, naturalistic study. Patients on sertraline received flexible doses, whereas NPPO-REAC patients received two 18-session cycles of treatment. Clinical Global Improvement scale items "much improved" or "very much improved" and Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale total score variation on fear and avoidance components were used to detect the results. The statistical analysis was performed with t-test. All measures
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