Relaxation Treatment for Anxiety in Adults Aged 60 or Older

Trial ID or NCT#



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The PI developed a self-directed program to treat late-life anxiety called Breathing, Relaxation, and Education for Anxiety Treatment in the Home Environment (BREATHE). This program consists of weekly video lessons that participants watch on digital video disc (DVD) along with weekly telephone check-ins. In BREATHE participants will learn two behavioral interventions: diaphragmatic breathing and progressive muscle relaxation (PMR). The purpose of the study is to examine whether the self-directed BREATHE program is superior to a wait list control in reducing anxiety in older adults with anxiety disorders. For those assigned to wait list control, they will be offered opportunity to participate in BREATHE treatment after 8 weeks of wait list.

Official Title

Reducing Late-Life Anxiety and Improving Functioning With Self-Directed Relaxation

Eligibility Criteria

Ages Eligible for Study: Older than 60 Years
Sexes Eligible for Study: ALL
Accepts Healthy Volunteers: No
Inclusion Criteria:
  1. * Participants have a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder, specifically, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Social Anxiety Disorder or Anxiety Disorder Unspecified/Other Specified).* Participants speak English.
Exclusion Criteria:
  1. * Diagnosis of Dementia* Probable presence of significant cognitive impairment according to a brief cognitive screen* Serious mental illness (schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar disorder)


Christine E. Gould
Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Ruth O'Hara

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Christine E Gould, PhD
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