US 9,808,651 B2
Treatment of anxiety disorders by external application of ionizing radiation
M. Bret Schneider, Portola Valley, CA (US); and John R. Adler, Jr., Stanford, CA (US)
Filed by M. Bret Schneider, Portola Valley, CA (US); and John R. Adler, Jr., Stanford, CA (US)
Filed on May 22, 2013, as Appl. No. 13/900,131.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/651,470, filed on May 24, 2012.
Prior Publication US 2014/0155677 A1, Jun. 5, 2014
Int. Cl. A61N 5/10 (2006.01); A61N 5/06 (2006.01)
CPC A61N 5/1031 (2013.01) [A61N 5/1039 (2013.01); A61N 5/1049 (2013.01); A61N 5/1084 (2013.01); A61N 5/0618 (2013.01); A61N 5/1042 (2013.01)] 18 Claims
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1. A method for treating a psychiatric anxiety disorder of a patient, the disorder associated with a level of localized neuronal activity within a brain of the patient as well as deleterious anxiety by the patient, the method comprising:
identifying a portion of an amygdala on at least one side of the brain of the patient associated with the disorder; and
inducing glial cell changes in the identified portion of the amygdala without damaging surrounding neural tissues by transmitting a cellularly sub-lethal quantity of ionizing radiation from outside the patient selectively into the identified portion of the amygdala of the brain of the patient thereby altering the level of neuronal activity such that the anxiety of the patient is mitigated.