Muscle Relaxation Therapy With Odorant Cue
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.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
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|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||May 2005|
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.
|United States, Georgia|
|Emory University School of Medicine|
|Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30329|
|Principal Investigator:||Philip T Ninan, MD||Emory University|