Treatment for Anxiety and Depression


Treatment for Anxiety and Depression

The Treatment for Anxiety and Depression (TAD) study is designed to examine which individuals with symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress are more likely to benefit from a two different versions of therapy. Each of these therapies include components and therapeutic strategies that have been demonstrated to be effective for these problem areas. One therapy focuses on enhancing and increasing positive coping and life strategies, whereas the other therapy focuses on decreasing or eradicating negative coping and life strategies. Both versions involve examining thoughts, modifying behaviors, and focusing on breathing.

Eligibility Criteria

Individuals who are seeking treatment for anxiety, depression, and stress, are eligible for the study if they are between the ages of 18 to 65, are English speaking, are not currently suffering from major medical conditions, and are either un-medicated or stabilized on medications.

Screening Procedures

Interested participants should leave their contact information (i.e., name, phone number, best times to call) at (310) 825-9312 (a voice answering machine). Participants are then phoned by study personnel and asked a few simple screening questions. If eligible, participants are scheduled for an in-person, no-cost, diagnostic evaluation (approximately 2-3 hours) at the UCLA Psychology Clinic.

Treatment Procedures

Treatment is conducted one on one, over 15 weekly visits (at the UCLA Psychology Clinic). Assessments are conducted prior to beginning treatment, at completion of treatment and 6 months later. These assessments include diagnostic evaluations, a battery of self-report questionnaires, behavioral observation, and physiological recording in a laboratory.

Payment and Fees

There are no fees for any of the assessments (prior to treatment, at completion of treatment, and 6 months after treatment). Parking costs for each assessment are reimbursed upon request. In addition, participants are offered $50 for assessments at post treatment and $75 for the 6 month assessment. Suggested treatment fees are from $0 to $50 per session based on income, payment of treatment fees is not required for participation in the study. Participants are responsible for parking fees at all therapy visits.

Study Personnel Contact

For further information about this project, contact:
Olivia Johnson
(310) 206-9191
tad.study.ucla@gmail.com

This study is conducted in collaboration Alicia Meuret, Ph.D. and Thomas Ritz, Ph.D., at Southern Methodist University (SMU).

Principal Investigator: Michelle G. Craske, Ph.D.

Protocol ID:IRB#13-000315 UCLA IRB Approved Approval Date: 3/18/2013 Through: 2/27/2014 Committee: Medical IRB 3