Bradley C. Riemann, PhD (Clinical Director, OCD Center & CBT Services at Rogers Memorial Hospital) and Thröstur Björgvinsson, PhD (Program Director, Houston OCD Program) answered our questions.
Our research team is conducting a study to learn more about how a computer-based training program affects emotions, behaviors, and brain systems that are important for social relationships.
We are seeking volunteers who experience difficulties with anxiety in social situations. The results of this study may help develop procedures to improve social relationship functioning in individuals with elevated social anxiety symptoms.
18 to 25 years old
Suffering from depression
18 to 55 years old
Suffering from an anxiety disorder
Volunteers may not have metal in their body.
This study is testing to see what behavior and brain function can tell us about treatment success in depression using cognitive-behavioral therapy, a standard psychotherapy treatment for depressive disorders.
The study purpose is to evaluate what brain function can tell us about treatment success in anxiety disorders.
Time commitment is about 33 hours over 22 visits.
Volunteers will participate in the following:
The first purpose is to evaluate the efficacy of d-cycloserine (DCS) in augmenting treatment for social anxiety disorder. Individuals will receive 5 weeks of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), randomized into one of four treatment groups. Participants will receive either one pill of DSC or one placebo pill, both one hour prior to sessions 2, 3, 4, and 5 and immediately afterward. The investigators hypothesize that individuals receiving post-session DCS will show a greater decrease in social anxiety symptoms after receiving CBT.
6 CE or CME
Ticketed event (lunch on your own):
(a) between ages 8-12, (b) a diagnosis of social anxiety disorder, (c) an overall IQ score of 80 or greater, (d) speak English fluently as the primary language, and (e) a working internet connection with access to Skype or Facetime video conferencing software. Exclusion criteria include (a) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder or Conduct Disorder, (b) Pervasive developmental disorder or autism-spectrum disorder, (c) past or active psychosis, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia, (d) current evidence-based cognitive-behavioral treatment for social anxiety problems, (e) past cognitive behavioral treatment for social anxiety problems that lasted at least 3 sessions, (f) significant suicidal ideation and/or attempts within the past 3 months, (g) any recent (within the past 4 weeks) or planned changes in medication, and (h) a reading disorder or impairment in reading ability.
The current study aims to test the effectiveness of computer-based interpretation bias modification training as a therapeutic intervention for social anxiety disorder. Individuals who experience social anxiety often have difficulty in engaging in social situations, such as speaking in front of a group and maintaining a conversation. For youth, this may take the form of avoidance, including avoiding situations such as raising hand in class, eating in front of other people, and participating in small group activities.
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