There could be some hope for those suffering from severe anxiety. A laser already approved by the FDA to treat physical pain could help ease the pain of anxiety.
Patients barely feel the low level laser which is used similar to acupuncture.
Researchers are shining some light on a common condition.
'I struggled with anxiety and stress pretty much my whole life,' said anxiety disorder patient Maxine Cohen.
She suffers from severe anxiety which can sometimes cause her to hyperventilate.
When medication and therapy didn't help, Maxine turned to an experimental treatment called laser light therapy.
Patients barely feel the low level laser which is used similar to acupuncture targeting certain energy or meridian points in the body.
'We can harness the light that is in the laser and focus it on these same meridian points which seem to be a window into the rest of the nervous system,' said clinical psychologist Dr. Andrew Rosen.
There's evidence that when the skin absorbs the light it spurs the production of endorphins, dopamine and serotonin in the brain. These chemicals are known to ease pain, stress and anxiety.
Rosen is the only one testing this laser for anxiety. He's now trying to recruit other doctors to test for depression and other disorders.
'Insomnia, and pain syndrome, such as fibromyalgia,' Rosen said.
Maxine just started a series of 12 treatments for anxiety.
'I personally felt total relaxation after the first treatment,' Cohen said.
She should find out in a few weeks if those results are going to last.
Researchers said if the results are positive, the laser could eventually become available across the country.
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