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Predictability and Aversive Expectancies in Anxiety Disorders

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

To find out if you qualify, email NIMH or call 1-301-451-7996 [TTY: 711].

This study seeks to understand how people who struggle with anxiety respond to different stressful situations. Basic research has identified biological processes that play a key role in fear and anxiety. The present study examines such processes across people with varying levels of anxiety.

Research Participation Includes: Exposure to mildly unpleasant events while you complete a computer task. Researchers will assess changes in heart rate, muscle activity, sweat responses and respiration. Participation may also include assessments of your memory and attention span.

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

This study is conducted at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. There are several outpatient study visits up to four hours each.

First Steps to Join a Study: Learn study details, be pre-screened for eligibility, and consent to participate. Refer to study 03-M-0093.

Study Identifiers

  • NIMH Protocol Number: 03-M-0093
  • Study Number: 00055224

Investigator(s): Christian Grillon, Ph.D.