Comparative Effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Pharmacotherapy for Anxiety

Are you eligible to participate in this study?

You may be eligible for this study if you meet the following criteria:

  • Conditions:
    Anxiety Disorders
  • Age: Between 18 - 75 Years
  • Gender: Male or Female
  • Other Inclusion Criteria:
    1. Men and women between age 18 and 75 years old.
    2. Have an anxiety disorder, including: social anxiety disorder (SAD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, or agoraphobia.
    3. Must understand study procedure and willing to participate in all testing visits, and treatment as assigned.
    4. Participants must be able to give informed consent to the study procedures.

You may not be eligible for this study if the following are true:

    1. Comorbid psychiatric disorder other than anxiety or depression, such as psychotic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, bipolar disorder; developmental or organic mental disorders; and current (past 6 months) substance use disorders as assessed by clinician at screening visit.
    2. A serious medical condition that may result in surgery or hospitalization.
    3. A history of head trauma causing loss of consciousness, or ongoing cognitive impairment.
    4. Inability to understand study procedures or informed consent process, or significant personality dysfunction likely to interfere with study participation (assessed during the clinical interview).
    5. Subjects who will be non-compliant with the study procedures. This may include planned travel out of town.?
    6. Pregnancy as assessed by urine test at screen. Avoidance of pregnancy is also necessary for inclusion in this study.
    7. Subjects taking benzodiazepines, barbiturates, SSRIs, anti-depressants, antipsychotics, or sedative medications.
    8. Concurrent psychotherapy initiated within 2 months of screen interview, or ongoing psychotherapy of any duration directed specifically toward the treatment of anxiety (such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).
    9. Individuals who have completed a course of MBSR, an equivalent meditation training, or have a daily meditation practice for more than 2 weeks.



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