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New effective anxiety treatment via an app

This RCT compares a subscription-based “unwinding anxiety” app as a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder.1,2

It uses a mindfulness intervention initially; “goals, curiosity, reinforcement learning, body scan, and self-monitoring.”  In this trial, the NNT was 1.6 to get a baseline GAD-7 score from 16-17/21 down to a remission score of ≤4/21 at 2 months. The author mentions that for medication to achieve this, the NNT is 5.2. 

The work can be found in Prof Judson Brewer's book, “Unwinding Anxiety” where he explains that getting patients to invoke curiosity calms the “default mode network”.3

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