Neural Functioning Underlying Anxiety and Its Treatment (The INSULA Study)
|Generalized Anxiety Disorder Panic Disorder Anxiety Disorders||Behavioral: Cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety|
|Study Design:||Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
|Official Title:||Neural Substrates of Anticipation and Interoception in Anxiety Disorders|
- Blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) response in amygdala, insula, and medial prefrontal cortex, as measured with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) [ Time Frame: Measured at baseline and after 10 to 14 weeks of treatment ]
|Study Start Date:||October 2007|
|Study Completion Date:||August 2012|
|Primary Completion Date:||August 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Cognitive behavioral therapy
Participants with panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) will receive a course of individual cognitive behavioral therapy targeted at their principal disorder.
Behavioral: Cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety
10 sessions delivered over the course of 14 weeks and aimed at reducing pathological behaviors and patterns of thought
Anxiety disorders are characterized by excessive and irrational fears of common situations that impair normal functioning. Neuroimaging allows researchers to examine brain functioning as people are presented with tasks that provoke or model anxiety. Neuroimaging research suggests that anxiety is moderated by a neural circuit involving three parts of the brain: the amygdala, the insula, and the prefrontal cortex (PFC). Increased activation of the amygdala and insula is associated with high anxiety, although activation of the PFC is thought to reduce anxiety. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the only type of psychotherapy with strong evidence for effectively treating panic disorder (PD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), but it only works about half the time. This study will use neuroimaging to examine when and how CBT affects brain functioning in people with PD and GAD. The long-term goals of the research are to develop neuroimaging as a diagnostic tool, to use neuroimaging to predict treatment response, and to understand which changes in brain functioning are related to successful treatment.
Participation in this study will last approximately 3 months. Four groups of participants will be recruited: healthy controls and people with PD, GAD, or social phobia (SP). All participants will undergo functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanning—a measure of brain functioning—at the first visit. During the fMRI scan, participants will be asked to perform computerized tasks that involve responding to images. This will be the only visit that the healthy controls and people with SP complete; their inclusion in the study establishes a comparison point for the brain scans of the other participants. People with PD and GAD will then be asked to complete 10 sessions of CBT over a 10- to 14-week period. After 3 months, these participants will again undergo fMRI scanning. At 3 and 6 months after the completion of CBT, these participants will be asked to complete follow-up questionnaires about their anxiety.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00947570
|Principal Investigator:||Murray B. Stein, MD, MPH||University of California, San Diego|