Can GSR be Used as a Tool to Early Diagnose the Autonomic Dysfunction among GAD Patients

Authors

  • Jai Kumar1 , Deepti Aggarwal2 , Rajiv Gupta3 , CMS Rawat4 , Vimal Singh Gusain5

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijop.v8i3.1328

Keywords:

Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Galvanic Skin Response, Autonomic Cardiac Function.

Abstract

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.

Author Biography

Jai Kumar1 , Deepti Aggarwal2 , Rajiv Gupta3 , CMS Rawat4 , Vimal Singh Gusain5

1Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, VCSG Government Institute of Medical Sciences & Research,

Srinagar (Garhwal), Uttarakhand – 246174, 2Senior Resident, Department of Physiology, PGIMS, Pt. B. D.

Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak, Haryana – 124001, 3 Senior Professor & Head, Department of

Psychiatry, PGIMS, Pt. B. D. Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak, Haryana – 124001, 4 Professor,

Department of Community Medicine, 5Professor & Head, Department of Physiology, VCSG Government Institute

of Medical Sciences & Research, Srinagar (Garhwal), Uttarakhand – 246174

Published

2020-07-22

How to Cite

Jai Kumar1 , Deepti Aggarwal2 , Rajiv Gupta3 , CMS Rawat4 , Vimal Singh Gusain5. (2020). Can GSR be Used as a Tool to Early Diagnose the Autonomic Dysfunction among GAD Patients. International Journal of Physiology, 8(3), 47-52. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijop.v8i3.1328