Anxiety Clinical Research
The word “anxiety” seems to carry such a negative connotation nowadays, but it is a perfectly normal human emotion that everyone feels at some point. New challenges in a career or at school can make us feel nervous, as well as being faced with a very important decision. This type of anxiety is not what we are conducting clinical trials for here in DeLand, FL.
Anxiety disorders are a different issue all together and they can be extremely difficult to treat. This type of mental illness is quite serious, sometimes preventing patients from living the lives that they want. Our dedicated research staff has made it their goal to help advance available treatments for anxiety and improve the lives of those who suffer from mental illness.
(Would you be interested in participating in an anxiety clinical trial? Please fill out the form to the right or click on the link above for more information about this opportunity. Now is a great time to get involved, so please give us a call at (386) 785-2400 if you have any further questions.)
The struggle against worry and fear is a constant for those who’ve been diagnosed with these anxiety disorders. In some instances, patients are overwhelmed by the seemingly uncontrollable symptoms of their mental illness. Remember that it is normal to be anxious about big events in our lives, but if your anxiety has begun to interfere with your everyday activities, then it could mean that you have an anxiety disorder.
What Type of Anxiety Disorder Do You Have?
Experts have identified several distinct types of anxiety disorders, such as:
- Social Anxiety Disorder – This is more commonly referred to as social phobia and it is characterized by an overwhelming level of self-consciousness and even dread towards normal social interactions. Many who are diagnosed with social anxiety disorder possess a deep-rooted fear of being judged by others or doing something that might lead to embarrassment and possibly even jeering.
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder – People living with this mental illness suffer from a severe level of worry and tension, even when there is nothing present that should provoke that type of response.
- Panic Disorder – This type of anxiety produces intense and very sudden feelings of dread and worry commonly referred to as a panic attack. This symptoms of this type of emotional response include chest pain, palpitations (a symptom that can also be caused by atrial fibrillation), sweating and even a sensation that mimics choking. It’s not uncommon for patients to believe they are experiencing some form of heart attack or going “mad.”
- Various Phobias – It’s been a piece used in many forms of popular culture, but there are many people who suffer from intense fears towards specific items or situations. This can range from a crippling fear of drowning that keeps someone from ever going swimming to a fear of cats (known as Ailurophobia). For a more complete list of specific phobias, we recommend checking out phobialist.com.
A Powerful Look at Life with a Social Anxiety Disorder
What Causes This Level of Anxiety?
As you might have guessed, researchers and other medical experts are still unsure about what causes an anxiety disorder in a person. However, they do know that they are NOT caused by things like a character flaw, weakness or improper parenting. As we continue to conduct clinical trials on mental illness, we are discovering that there are several factors which come into play. A specific alteration in a child’s brain combined with environmental stressors can form the trigger that leads to social anxiety problems.
Clinical studies have shown that certain long-term stressors can actually change the way information is transmitted through nerve cells within the brain. This could produce varied responses to certain stimuli and in various situations as information is transmitted between different regions of the brain. Researchers theorize that this could lead interfere with the brain’s ability to regulate emotional responses and fear in certain situations which could cause the anxiety disorders we see.
Further research has identified brain structure anomalies in people diagnosed with anxiety disorders. This supports scientific evidence suggesting that this mental illness can be inherited from one or both parents. Studies have also shown how a significant and traumatic event can cause a person to develop some phobia or severe anxiety related to the experience.
Participating in an Anxiety Clinical Trial in Florida
If you would like to enroll in an anxiety clinical trial, our experienced staff will be available to answer any of your questions and get you enrolled in the best study. For those who have never participated in a clinical trial before, we highly recommend spending some time in our participant’s resource section (click here). We understand that this experience can be confusing at first, but these pages should help answer many of your questions.
Participants will be compensated for time and travel, and any study related care. The following are all provided free of charge:
- Physical examinations
- Laboratory services
- Study related medication
We are currently conducting clinical studies targeted towards a wide array of medical conditions at our state-of-the-art facility here in DeLand. You don’t have to be living with a condition such as anxiety in order to qualify for one of our clinical trials. If you are interested in helping us advance modern medicine and save more lives, please give us a call today at (386) 785-2400.