Effectiveness of D-Cycloserine as an Aid to Enhance Learning for Individuals With OCD Receiving Behavior Therapy
This study will assess the effectiveness of Seromycin (D-cycloserine) in enhancing the positive effects of behavior therapy for people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
We hope to enroll 50 subjects in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study of D-cycloserine augmentation of behavior therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. All subjects will undergo a pre-treatment assessment, and then be randomly assigned to receive Seromycin (100 mg) or placebo one-hour before each of 10 therapy sessions. Subjects will then come in for a treatment planning session and the behavior therapy sessions delivered twice weekly for 5 weeks. Comprehensive assessments of obsessive-compulsive symptoms, mood state, and cognitions will be given at baseline, after 5 treatment sessions, after 10 sessions and 1 month and 6 months post-treatment.
Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment
seromycin, Behavior Therapy
Massachusetts General Hospital
Results (where available)
- Source: http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00182000
- Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on August 07, 2012
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
An anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent, persistent obsessions or compulsions. Obsessions are the intrusive ideas, thoughts, or images that are experienced as senseless or repugnant. Compulsions are repetitive and seemingly purposeful behavior which the individual generally recognizes as senseless and from which the individual does not derive pleasure although it may provide a release from tension.
The behavior of performing an act persistently and repetitively without it leading to reward or pleasure. The act is usually a small, circumscribed behavior, almost ritualistic, yet not pathologically disturbing. Examples of compulsive behavior include twirling of hair, checking something constantly, not wanting pennies in change, straightening tilted pictures, etc.
Compulsive Personality Disorder
Disorder characterized by an emotionally constricted manner that is unduly conventional, serious, formal, and stingy, by preoccupation with trivial details, rules, order, organization, schedules, and lists, by stubborn insistence on having things one's own way without regard for the effects on others, by poor interpersonal relationships, and by indecisiveness due to fear of making mistakes.
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Persistent, unwanted idea or impulse which is considered normal when it does not markedly interfere with mental processes or emotional adjustment.
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