Brain Stimulation May Alleviate Anxiety, Depression

FDA Panel Recommends Ban on Electrical-Stimulation Devices
FDA Panel Recommends Ban on Electrical-Stimulation Devices
Participants given 20 minutes of electrical stimulation in the brain's prefrontal cortex performed better on a task involving cognitive retraining.

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have found that that brain stimulation may help retrain unhelpful cognitive habits associated with anxiety and depression. The paper was published today in the international journal Biological Psychiatry.

In collaboration with researchers at the University of Oxford, the study revealed that around 20 minutes of targeted electrical stimulation to a region of the frontal cortex could dramatically improve the effectiveness of a computer-based task designed to retrain unhelpful patterns of attention that are known to maintain high levels of anxiety.

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