Relaxation Treatment for Anxiety in Adults Aged 60 or Older

Not Recruiting

Trial ID: NCT02429778


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

Stanford Investigator(s)

Christine E. Gould

Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Inclusion Criteria:

   - 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:

   - Diagnosis of Dementia

   - Probable presence of significant cognitive impairment according to a brief cognitive

   - Serious mental illness (schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar disorder)


behavioral: Diaphragmatic Breathing

behavioral: Progressive Muscle Relaxation

behavioral: Diaphragmatic Breathing

behavioral: Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Not Recruiting

Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Christine E Gould, PhD
650-493-5000 Ext. 68899