This study will develop and implement an awareness- and acceptance-based for treatment of
individuals with generalized anxiety disorder.
Participants in this study are recruited from intakes at the Center for Anxiety and Related
Disorders at Boston University. Participants will be randomly assigned to receive either
acceptance and mindfulness-based strategies plus cognitive behavioral therapy or no
treatment for 16 weeks. The treatment will involve daily practice of mindfulness techniques
to help draw attention to and accept various emotional states. Interviews, questionnaires,
and depression and anxiety scales will be used to assess participants. Assessments will be
conducted post-treatment and at 3- and 9-month follow-up visits.
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Willing to maintain medication levels and refrain from any additional psychosocial
treatment during the course of the study
- Bipolar disorder, psychotic disorder, or substance dependence