Diagnosis: Shortcut to Calm
Avant-garde treatment for anxiety disorders
By September 1, 2010 - last reviewed on June 9, 2016published
Many anxiety sufferers lack access to specialists and instead receive ad-hoc care from clinics or their primary care physicians. But upgrading and standardizing treatment within the existing framework may mean better outcomes for more people. Roy-Byrne’s team developed a streamlined care model, dubbed Coordinated Anxiety Learning and Management (CALM). In a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 51 percent of patients enrolled in CALM remitted, compared to 37 percent of those receiving their usual care. The new treatment’s efficacy questions some old assumptions about treating anxiety disorders.