Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Treat Depression in an Epilepsy Clinic Setting

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified December 2007 by Stanford University.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
First Posted : February 2, 2006
Last Update Posted : December 19, 2007
Epilepsy Foundation
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Stanford University

Brief Summary:
This study involves a form of group therapy called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT for depressed patients with Epilepsy. The CBT groups will be tailored for an epilepsy clinic population. There are 12 sessions of therapy in the study held once a week for 12 weeks.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Epilepsy Depressive Disorder Behavioral: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in a Group Format Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Depression is frequent in PWE and often missed for unclear reasons. Busy neurology clinics and their overworked physicians often lack psychiatric backup that may make inquiring about psychological issues problematic. In the psychiatric community, awareness of the need for depression intervention in the primary care clinic has been recognized for many years and several treatment models exist. This study will attempt to use one such model, i.e. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) using a group format and tailoring its use for an epilepsy clinic population.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 60 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Study Start Date : August 2005
Study Completion Date : January 2007

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MedlinePlus related topics: Epilepsy

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Beck Depression Inventory

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. NDDI

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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::- Patients will be screened with the Beck Depression Inventory. Those reaching the positive cut-off score of 11 (indicating at least a mild depression) will be entered into the study. Patients entered on antidepressants will be held at a stable dosage. Anti-epileptic drugs will also be maintained on the same dosage at entry into the study when possible clinically, after consultation with their neurologist. Exclusion Criteria:- Patients will be excluded if there is any active serious medical conditions, Standard Score<70 as assessed via the Wide Range Achievement Test, psychotic or substance abuse issues, those who are unable to maintain a stable dose of medications for the duration of study.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00285740

United States, California
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, California, United States, 94305
Sponsors and Collaborators
Stanford University
Epilepsy Foundation
Principal Investigator: John J Barry Stanford University Identifier: NCT00285740     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2903
First Posted: February 2, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 19, 2007
Last Verified: December 2007

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depressive Disorder
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders
Behavioral Symptoms
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases