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Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a non-invasive technique of brain stimulation that allows the stimulation of the cerebral cortex part of the brain. It can be useful for the treatment of various anxiety disorders including panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, and agoraphobia. tDCS provides both excitatory stimulation and inhibitory stimulation of the left and right side of the prefrontal cortex respectively, which can help in the reduction of anxiety symptoms.

In tDCS, a low-intensity of electric current is passed using two electrodes through the brain in order to bring about a change in cortical excitability. It is considered a generally safe procedure with mild side effects which can include tingling, itching, discomfort, headache, fatigue, burning sensation, etc. There is no current record of any serious side effect on the application of tDCS. tDCS has been reported to be an effective treatment for people with OCD who are treatment-resistant, in which cortical excitability is reduced through the means of cathodal stimulations. It can also help in the management of symptoms of other anxiety disorders such as phobia, panic disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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How effective is Direct Cranial Stimulation for Anxiety?

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) is effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety in various anxiety disorders such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Phobia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), etc.

What are the benefits of Direct Cranial Stimulation for Anxiety?

tDCS can be beneficial as a mode of treatment for people with anxiety disorders who are treatment-resistant, that is, do not respond well to conventional methods of treatment such as pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy. It is considered most effective when used in conjunction with other treatment options.

How many numbers of sessions are required?

The number of sessions is variable and depends on the individual’s severity of anxiety disorder and their response to the treatment.

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