Clinical Trial of Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation in Adolescent Patient with Major Depression

Vignette # 2: Melinda, a sixteen year old Caucasian female, had a long term history of depression and had been in counseling without much noticeable success. Melinda reported that she had experienced feelings of sadness for “….as long as I can remember” and when initially evaluated by the psychologist displayed a very flat affect with almost no emotion and a monotone voice. The psychologist was extremely concerned that she might be suicidal because she had reported thoughts of self harm. On a measure of depression she scored at the 77th percentile, while on a measure of anxiety she scored at the 73rd percentile with present moment (state) anxiety and at the 96th percentile with general proneness (trait) anxiety.

On the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Revised (WAIS-R) Full Scale intellectual functioning was in the Average range (Full Scale IQ = 107) with verbal area functioning in the High Average range (Verbal IQ = 111) and performance area functioning in the Average range (Performance IQ = 107).

After thirty days daily usage of at least forty-five minutes with the CES device she was again administered a psychological evaluation. The psychologist observed a much brighter affect with much smiling and talking as well as her initiating conversation during the session appearing almost as a different person. On the same measure of depression Melinda scored at the 1st percentile, while on the same measure of anxiety she scored at the 2nd percentile with present moment (state) anxiety and at the 9th percentile with general proneness (trait) anxiety.

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