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Neuropsychobiology. 2000 Jan;41(2):108-12.

Appearance of frontal midline theta activity in patients with generalized anxiety disorder.

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Department of Neuropsychiatry, Yamaguchi University School of Medicine, Ube, Japan.

Abstract

The appearance of frontal midline theta activity (Fmθ), recognized as distinct EEG theta rhythm in the frontal midline area during performance of a mental task, reflects feelings of relief from anxiety in humans. In the present study, EEGs were recorded, and the Hamilton Rating Scale for Anxiety and the state anxiety scale of Spielberger's State-Trait Anxiety Inventory were evaluated once a week in 28 patients with generalized anxiety disorder. The Taylor Manifest Anxiety Scale and the trait anxiety scale of Spielberger's State-Trait Anxiety Inventory were used to assess anxiety before and after the tests. The present results suggest that the appearance of Fmθ might be closely related to an improvement in the anxiety symptoms associated with generalized anxiety disorder.

PMID:
10644932
DOI:
10.1159/000026641
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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