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Interactive Computer Treatment for Panic Disorder

This study has been completed.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by:
Florida State University Identifier:
First received: June 25, 2003
Last updated: October 24, 2013
Last verified: October 2013
This study will develop an interactive computer-based version of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and compare its effectiveness to book-based CBT for the treatment of panic disorder.

Condition Intervention Phase
Panic Disorder Behavioral: Computer Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Interactive Computer Treatment for Panic Disorder

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Further study details as provided by Florida State University:

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: January 2002
Primary Completion Date: February 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

Panic disorder (PD) is a highly prevalent and debilitating condition. Unfortunately, many people with PD go untreated because of the high cost and low availability of treatment. Research shows that CBT is an effective treatment for PD. When administered as a self-help, computer based treatment, CBT may provide a less expensive, more engaging treatment for PD.

Participants in this study will be randomly assigned to receive computer based treatment, book based treatment, or no treatment for 10 weeks. After these 10 weeks, symptoms of anxiety and depression will be measured with patient interviews, scales, and questionnaires.


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • DSM-IV diagnosis of panic disorder, with or without agoraphobia

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Change in medication type or dose 12 weeks prior to study entry
  • Suicidal
  • Current substance abuse
  • Current or past schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or organic mental disorder. Patients on medications must meet stability requirements such that initial administration of the medication and dose has been maintained for at least 3 months prior to treatment and will be maintained until post-treatment.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00063375

United States, Florida
Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida, United States, 32306
Sponsors and Collaborators
Florida State University
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  More Information Identifier: NCT00063375     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21MH062056 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: June 25, 2003
Last Updated: October 24, 2013

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Panic Disorder
Pathologic Processes
Anxiety Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on September 19, 2017