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The Anxiety Disorders Center at Hartford Hospital/Institute of Living is conducting research on an experimental treatment for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD).

These studies are open to adults ages 18 and older who have GAD. People with GAD often report that they worry about bad things that might happen to themselves or to others, and that they cannot stop themselves from worrying. In order to participate in this research, you must be able to travel to The Institute of Living in Hartford, CT. All of the studies described below compensate you for your time and effort.

Brain Scan Study:

In this study, we are investigating ways to reliably activate the brain regions associated with GAD. Participation involves coming into the clinic for some interviews and questionnaires as well as completing a brain scan using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), during which we examine how your brain responds to different tasks. Enrolled participants will be compensated $20 per hour for their time up to a maximum of $160. Participants who complete the brain scan may also win additional earnings for tasks completed during this portion of the study.

TMS Treatment Study:

In this study we are investigating whether Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an effective treatment for GAD. TMS is an FDA-approved therapy for treating major depressive disorder (MDD). It is a non-invasive procedure that applies a magnetic pulse on the scalp. This treatment has been shown to lead to improvements in neuropsychiatric functioning. As part of this study you will also complete a brain scan using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Information from the brain scan will be used to guide the TMS treatment. Study participants will be randomly assigned (like a coin toss) to one of two conditions: TMS treatment or a placebo TMS condition during which no magnetic pulse will be received. This study is open to adults aged 18 and older with excessive anxiety and worry who meet study criteria. This experimental treatment is offered at no charge to participants and financial compensation is offered for non-treatment study visits.


If you would like more information or would like to participate in either of these studies, please contact:

Laura Bragdon, M.A.
(860) 545-7386
adc.research@hhchealth.org