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Sample characteristics the subject pool of this study

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Sample characteristics . The subject pool of this study consisted of subjects who were randomly offered (n=77), or not offered (n=40) the option of adding 12 sessions of cognitive-behavioral therapy. “Of those offered the additional treatment, 33% (n=26) accepted and attended at least one treatment session” (Paul Crits-Christoph et al 2011). Previously, much research has shown the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapy and its significant research on low relapsing within subjects similarly to treatment that utilized medication as treatment. However, not many studies have been done combining the two most effective treatments for a more long-term and permanent result. The purpose of this study is to unify both treatment methods with the expectation of receiving a far greater positive result from a unified treatment rather that individually. This study is an adjunct to an already existent medical study. The medication study consisted of 18-months of taking the medications, and was broken down into six- month segments which consisted of the open-label phase, double-blind, and the placebo- controlled relapse phases, however we will solely focus on the first phase. Within this phase the 239 subjects of the initial study were randomly offered twelve sessions of cognitive-behavioral therapy. A 2:1 (CBT:medication) randomization scheme was used
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11 Generalized Anxiety Disorder because of the existence of the large comparison group of patients on venlafaxine XR alone (n=159) that was already available from the parent study (Paul Crits-Christoph et al 2011). Sample characteristics. This subject pool consisted of 26 patients who received cognitive-behavioral therapy and 40 patients who were not offered the therapy but were still assigned medication. Participants within this study were recruited through community outreach presentations, mailings, media advertising, and referrals from healthcare professionals including primary care sites (Paul Crits-Christoph et al 2011). The inclusion criteria for this study consisted of patients needing to be over the age of 18, qualify for a DSM-IV diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder, scared greater than or equal to four on the Clinical Global severity scale and finally greater than or equal to twenty on the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale. The exclusion criteria consisted of patients with a score greater than eighteen on the Hamilton Depressive scale, no sign of a major depressive disorder within the last six months, or any additional form of a DSM-IV anxiety disorder. Psychotherapists who were doctoral-level licensed psychologist with experience with these treatment methods conducted all treatment sessions. Variables and research methods. Treatment consisted of the following techniques: applied relaxation/self-control desensitization involving presentation of multiple coping response cognitive-behavioral therapy model and rationale; training in self-monitoring of environmental, somatic, affective, imagined, and thought cues that
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