Can GSR be Used as a Tool to Early Diagnose the Autonomic Dysfunction among GAD Patients
Keywords:Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Galvanic Skin Response, Autonomic Cardiac Function.
Background: 14% of globen disease burden goes to anxiety. Generalised annxiety disorder is one of the
manifestation of anxiety. There has been many studies correlating the association of generalised anxiety
disorder with cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. This contribution has been attributed to imbalance in
parasympathetic and sympathetic stems of autonomic nervous system. This imbalance in autonmic activity
can be measured by many invasive & non invasive method.
Material and Method: The present study was conducted our 60 subjects which were divided into 2 groups
of 30 patients of generalised anxiety disorder and 30 age and sex matched normal subjects as control. Both
groups were further subdivided based on gender with 15 subjects each. Basal galvanic skin response was
recorded in all subjects and comparison was done among patients and controls.
Result: Basal galvanic skin response was decreased in both male and female generalised anxiety disorder
patients when compared with controls. The difference was stastically non significant.
Conclusion: Basal galvanic skin response can not be used as an early diagnostic tool of autonomic
dysfunction in generalised anxiety disorder.
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