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Brain Changes in Fear and Anxiety

Join a Research Study: Enrolling locally from the Washington, D.C. metro region

To find out if you qualify, email NIMH or call 1-888-644-2694 (1-888-NIH-ANXI) [TTY: 1-866-411-1010].

The purpose of these research studies is to better understand how the brain and body work in individuals with anxiety disorders.

Research Participation Includes: One outpatient testing session performing computer tasks during a brain scan (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). During the session, you will be exposed to unpleasant stimuli.  Researchers will assess brain and body responses to task performance reviewing brain imaging (fMRI) and physiological changes (e.g. heart rate) that occur when participants feel anxious.

Who Can Participate: Adults between the ages of 18-50 with generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder or a panic disorder. Eligible participants must be in good physical health, not currently on any psychotropic medications or other medications that may interfere with the study, and be free of a history of any additional psychiatric disorders.

This study is conducted at the Eligible NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland . The one testing session lasts up to 2.5 hours. There is no cost to participate and compensation is provided.

First Steps to Join a Study: Learn study details, be pre-screened for eligibility, and consent to participate.  Refer to study 02-M-0321.