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Muscle Relaxation Therapy With Odorant Cue

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 21, 2005
Last Update Posted : November 11, 2013
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Emory University

Brief Summary:
A novel procedure for generalized anxiety disorder where an odorant cue is paired with the state of deep relaxation during training. It is hypothesized that by smelling the odor in an anxiety-provoking situation, the patient will more easily invoke a state of relaxation, providing greater relief from the distressing tension and worry that characterize GAD.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Generalized Anxiety Disorder Anxiety Behavioral: Odorant Cue Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
We hypothesize that by presenting a novel odor to a patient in a state of deep relaxation, the odor will serve as a conditioned inhibitory stimulus, or safety signal, in anxiety-provoking situations. With the odor serving as a contextual cue for the state of relaxation.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 15 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Study of Enhancement of Progressive Muscle Relaxation Therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder Through Use Of An Odorant Cue.
Study Start Date : November 2003
Study Completion Date : May 2005

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MedlinePlus related topics: Anxiety

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. PSWQ

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. HAM-A

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • GAD without a comorbid active major psychiatric disorder.
  • GAD must be the primary active psychiatric disorder.
  • GAD determined via the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Significant medical illness that might interfere with the relaxation therapy or with training using the odorant.
  • Actively abusing alcohol.
  • Illicit substances.
  • Currently using rapid-acting anxiolytic agents (e.g. benzodiazepines, hydroxyzine).
  • Started an antidepressant, antipsychotic or mood stabilizing agent within three months of screening visit.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00208910

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United States, Georgia
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30329
Sponsors and Collaborators
Emory University
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Principal Investigator: Philip T Ninan, MD Emory University

Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00208910     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0860-2003
First Posted: September 21, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 11, 2013
Last Verified: November 2013
Keywords provided by Emory University:
Mental Health
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Anxiety Disorders
Mental Disorders