Using NET to Treat Separation Anxiety


Separation anxiety disorder in a 13-year-old boy managed by the Neuro Emotional Technique as a biopsychosocial intervention
Fay Karpouzis, Rod Bonello and Henry Pollard
Journal of Chiropractic Medicine 2008, 7, 101-106


Objective: To describe a case of an adolescent with separation anxiety disorder (SAD) presenting to a chiropractor for treatment.

Clinical Features : The patient was a 13-year-old boy who had consulted with a clinical psychologist and had been diagnosed with SAD using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition criteria. The patient was unable to attend school camps or sleep at friend’s homes because of anxiety.

Intervention/Outcome: The patient underwent 8 sessions with a chiropractor certified in the Neuro Emotional Technique (NET). Two days after his last NET treatment, he attended his first school camp without incident. He also slept away from home at a friend’s home for the first time without incident. Six months post intervention, he returned to his clinical psychologist, where she independently reevaluted him stating that he no longer met the criteria for SAD according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition.

Conclusion: This single case report cannot provide a causal relationship between the clinical outcome and NET without further investigations. Neuro Emotional Technique is a unique therapy that does not take the place of psychotherapy; however, it may be used as an adjunct to it. It is possible that, with valid and reliable follow-up research, the biopsychosocial principles that NET addresses may be of value to children and adolescents with SAD.

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