Clinical Trial

Improving Writing Intervention for Anxiety Disorders

Study Description

Development of a Scientifically Informed Written Exposure Procedure (The SCRIPTS Study)

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by excessive and uncontrollable worry and anxiety. When people with GAD worry, they tend to think about problems and feared situations in a vague way. Preliminary research suggests that writing about feared situations in a structured and detailed fashion may help with worry. In this experiment, the investigators are looking to improve the writing intervention. The investigators are testing the immediate and short-term effects of a new writing intervention.

Location

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Methods

No pharmaceutical medication involved No pharmaceutical medication involved
Recruiting patients only Recruiting patients only

Behavioral - Standard Written Exposure

Four spaced, 30-minute sessions occurring within a period of 2 weeks. Participants write a narrative about their worst worry.

Behavioral - Enhanced Written Exposure

Four spaced, 30-minute sessions occurring within a period of 2 weeks. Participants write a narrative about their worst worry and rescript it.

Behavioral - Control Condition

Four spaced, 30-minute sessions occurring within a period of 2 weeks. At each session, participants write a narrative about a neutral topic.

Additional Information

Official Study Title

Development of a Scientifically-Informed Written Exposure Procedure (The SCRIPTS Study)

Clinical Trial ID

NCT03654625

ParticipAid ID

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