Journal article

A systematic review on the therapeutic effectiveness of non-invasive brain stimulation for the treatment of anxiety disorders.

CM Vicario, Mohammad Ali Salehinejad, K Felmingham, G Martino, MA Nitsche

Neurosci Biobehav Rev | Published : 2019


The interest in the use of non-invasive brain stimulation for enhancing neural functions and reducing symptoms in anxiety disorders is growing. Based on the DSM-V classification for anxiety disorders, we examined all available research using repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) for the treatment of specific phobias, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, and generalized anxiety disorder. A systematic literature search conducted in PubMed and Google Scholar databases provided 26 results: 12 sham-controlled studies and 15 not sham-controlled studies. With regard to the latter sub-group of studies, 9 were case repo..

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