Stuck? Enhancing Treatments for Anxiety and Depression With Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Jennifer L. Taitz, PsyD
Director, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program
American Institute for Cognitive Therapy

Dr. Taitz explains how the skills and strategies learned in dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, can help people who have anxiety and depression. Skills include mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

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Conference Highlights

On the Cutting Edge of Wellness: Behavioral Medicine and Its Application to Anxiety and Depressive Disorders

Anxiety and depressive disorders are characterized by significant functional limitations and comorbid mental and physical health conditions that diminish quality of life and sense of well-being. Behavioral medicine, an interdisciplinary field combining medicine and psychology, provides increasingly popular evidence-based approaches to the remediation and healing of mental and physical health concerns and the emergence of wellness.

GATE: Generalized Anxiety- A Treatment Evaluation

Eligibility Criteria

You may be eligible if:

  • You are currently suffering from generalized anxiety disorder (worry a lot, anxious or nervous often, have muscle tension, difficulty sleeping, poor concentration).
  • Over 18 years of age
  • You do not currently practice mind-body techniques (e.g., yoga, meditation, Tai-Chi, etc.) or cognitive-behavior therapy.
  • You are not currently in psychotherapy for generalized anxiety.
State
Massachusetts

We are currently conducting a research study comparing three different programs designed to reduce stress and anxiety in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). This study involves having a formal psychiatric interview, filling out questionnaires, ECGs, saliva samples, a blood draw, a urine test for drugs of abuse, and study visits over 12 weeks. No medication is involved. Each study visit will take a few hours. Qualified participants with be compensated $40 for each of the 4 clinician assessments across the duration of the study, for a total of $160 for participation.

College-Aged Adults Face Less Mental Health Stigma

College-aged adults (age 18–25) have more accepting views of mental health care than other adults, but they still see challenges when it comes to accessing care, according to results of a nationwide poll. The survey was conducted online among more than 2,000 adults, including 198 age 18–25, by Harris Poll on behalf of Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) and two partnering organizations.

A Clinical Research Study for Treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Eligibility Criteria

Men and women:

  • Between the ages 18 and 65
  • Diagnosed with GAD
  • No other psychiatric conditions and otherwise medically healthy
Exclusion Criteria

Women who are pregnant or lactating

State
California

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of an investigational study medication in patients diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).


Helping the Families of Treatment-Refusers

Alec Pollard, PhD

Founder and Director, Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute Anxiety Disorders Center
Professor, Community and Family Medicine at Saint Louis University

Dr. Pollard gives advice to family members who live with someone who refuses treatment for OCD and anxiety disorders Dr. Pollard gives advice to family members who live with someone who refuses treatment for OCD and anxiety disorders and explains a strategy that teaches family members to shape treatment-seeking behavior in someone with an anxiety disorder.