Computer - Based Treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder

  • STATUS
    Recruiting
  • End date
    Nov 30, 2023
  • participants needed
    80
  • sponsor
    New York State Psychiatric Institute
Updated on 22 March 2021

Summary

The present study is a controlled trial that seeks to examine the feasibility, acceptability, mechanism, and efficacy of a recently developed computer-based therapy in individuals with social anxiety disorder (SAD)

Description

This randomized clinical trial examines the feasibility, acceptability, mechanism, and relative efficacy of two forms of a recently developed 4-week/8-session computer-based therapy in individuals with social anxiety disorder (SAD). The purpose of this study is to assess whether a brief computer-based research treatment, provided in 30 minutes sessions, helps improve social anxiety symptoms, and by what mechanism. The study will also assess the effect of research treatments on brain activity using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Details
Condition Claustrophobia, Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), Social Phobia, Phobia, Social
Treatment computer-based treatment
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04663724
SponsorNew York State Psychiatric Institute
Last Modified on22 March 2021

Eligibility

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Inclusion Criteria

Males and females between the ages of 18 to 60
Current primary diagnosis of SAD
Score of at least 50 on the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (self-rated version)
Fluent in English
Willing and able to give informed written consent
Ability to participate responsibly in the protocol
Normal or corrected-to-normal vision

Exclusion Criteria

Present or past psychotic episode, psychotic disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or bipolar disorder
Current severe depression
Suicidal ideation or behavior
Current diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, manic episode or tic disorder
Current or past organic mental disorder, seizure disorder, epilepsy or brain injury
Current unstable or untreated medical illness
Severe alcohol use disorder, severe cannabis use disorder, and any severity of other substance use disorder (except nicotine use disorders)
Use of psychiatric medication in the past month other than a stable dose of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for at least 3 months
Any concurrent cognitive behavioral therapy or other psychotherapy that was initiated in the past 3 months
Pregnancy, or plans to become pregnant during the period of the study (will be assessed by urine)
Contraindication to MRI scanning (Paramagnetic metallic implants or devices contraindicating magnetic resonance imaging or any other non-removable paramagnetic metal in the body)
pacemaker
paramagnetic metallic prosthesis
surgical clips
shrapnel
necessity for constant medicinal patch
some tattoos
Inability to tolerate MRI scanning procedures (i.e., severe obesity, claustrophobia)
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