Physical Activity and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Panic Disorder

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Charité University Medicine Berlin

Status

Completed

Conditions

Panic Disorder

Treatments

Behavioral: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT01788800
221012

Details and patient eligibility

About

Physical activity (treadmill) supports the effect of cognitive behavioural therapy in patients with panic disorder with/without agoraphobia

Full description

Patients undergo cognitive behavioural therapy consisting of 8 group sessions within 1 month. All patients additionally complete a training of physical activity, which starts simultaneously to therapy and runs for 8 weeks (3 times/week, 30 minutes each). Half of the patients complete training on a treadmill while the other half completes a training programme of low intensity physical activity without cardiovascular activation. Flanking EEG (electroencephalogram) recordings shall help clarify biological processes underlying the therapeutical process.

Enrollment

46 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18 to 75 years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  1. Subject familiarized with experimental procedure and had given written informed consent
  2. Diagnosis of panic disorder with or without agoraphobia according to Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV)
  3. Sufficiently able to communicate with investigator, answer questions and fill in questionnaires
  4. Reachability of patient for treatment and follow-up

Exclusion criteria

  1. Other psychiatric illnesses like schizophrenia, substance abuse or severe depressive episode
  2. Acute suicidal tendency
  3. Epilepsy or other illness of the central nervous system (e.g. brain tumor, encephalitis)
  4. Existence of contraindication against physical exercise
  5. Pregnancy or breastfeeding
  6. Changes of psychopharmacological treatment within the last 4 weeks

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Double Blind

46 participants in 2 patient groups

Exercise training
Experimental group
Description:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) + Exercise training 3 times/week, 30 minutes on a treadmill, 70% maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max), 8 weeks
Treatment:
Behavioral: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Movements
Active Comparator group
Description:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) + Low intensity physical activity without cardiovascular activation, 3 times/week, 30 minutes, 8 weeks
Treatment:
Behavioral: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

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