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Re: TMS, DBS, Vegas Nerve Stim for Anxiety

Posted by psychobot5000 on October 20, 2007, at 17:01:51

In reply to TMS, DBS, Vegas Nerve Stim for Anxiety, posted by Gary Engel on October 14, 2007, at 17:12:49

Hi Gary,

Some of the other posters' suggestions sound to me like good ideas, but I did want to add a thing or two on the type of treatments you were asking about. The first is that, as I understand it, VNS does now seem to have some pretty good evidence behind it. ...But since it is an expensive (25,000$, all told, I believe) and invasive procedure, it occurred to me that CES (Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation) might be something along similar lines to look into.

It's basically running a Microcurrent TENS through your head for maybe 20 minutes a day. The devices cost a few hundred dollars, and can apparently be useful for sleep, anxiety, and depression, working in kind of a similar manner to VNS or TMS. It's a very old techique, but has never hit mainstream, and never had the money behind it to do large studies.




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