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J Chiropr Med. 2008 Sep;7(3):101-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jcm.2008.05.003.

Separation anxiety disorder in a 13-year-old boy managed by the Neuro Emotional Technique as a biopsychosocial intervention.

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Masters (Hons) Candidate (MQU), Department of Health and Chiropractic, Macquarie Injury Management Group, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe a case of an adolescent with separation anxiety disorder (SAD) presenting to a chiropractor for treatment.

CLINICAL FEATURES:

The patient was a 13-year-old boy who had consulted with a clinical psychologist and had been diagnosed with SAD using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition criteria. The patient was unable to attend school camps or sleep at friends' homes because of anxiety.

INTERVENTION/OUTCOME:

The patient underwent 8 sessions with a chiropractor certified in the Neuro Emotional Technique (NET). Two days after his last NET treatment, he attended his first school camp without incident. He also slept away from home at a friend's home for the first time without incident. Six months postintervention, he returned to his clinical psychologist, where she independently reevaluated him stating that he no longer met the criteria for SAD according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition.

CONCLUSION:

This single case report cannot provide a causal relationship between the clinical outcome and NET without further investigations. Neuro Emotional Technique is a unique therapy that does not take the place of psychotherapy; however, it may be used as an adjunct to it. It is possible that, with valid and reliable follow-up research, the biopsychosocial principles that NET addresses may be of value to children and adolescents with SAD.

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