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Cognitive-behavioral treatment of late-life generalized anxiety disorder.

17 May
Cognitive-behavioral treatment of late-life generalized anxiety disorder.
Researchers at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston investigated the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), as compared to minimal contact control (MCC), in a sample of 85 older adults (age 60 years and over) with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

All participants completed measures of primary outcome (worry and anxiety), coexistent symptoms (depressive symptoms and specific fears), and quality of life. Results of both completer and intent-to-treat analyses revealed significant improvement in worry, anxiety, depression, and quality of life following CBT, relative to MCC. Forty-five percent of patients in CBT were classified as responders, relative to 8% in MCC.

Most gains for patients in CBT were maintained or enhanced over 1-year follow-up. However, posttreatment scores for patients in CBT failed to indicate a return to normative functioning.

Citation: Stanley MA, Beck JG, Novy DM, Averill PM, Swann AC, Diefenbach GJ, Hopko DR. Cognitive-behavioral treatment of late-life generalized anxiety disorder. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology. 2003 Apr; 71 (2): pp. 309-19. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award