Clinical Research

The Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders (CATSD) at MGH conducts state-of-the-art research aimed at improving the standard of care for people suffering from anxiety disorders.

Center for Anxiety and
Traumatic Stress Disorders

Our faculty and staff of psychiatrists and psychologists explore the causes and treatments for anxiety disorders, including Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Complicated Grief, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder, while seeking to learn more about the underlying causes and course of Anxiety Disorders.

Anxiety Research Studies

Research studies provide the opportunity for staff and patients to work together on identifying and developing new treatment methods for a variety of anxiety-related disorders.

You can also learn about some of our current research studies. To learn more about what's involved in participating in a study, read our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Our Faculty and StaffOur psychiatrists and psychologists are focused on treating and conducting extensive research.
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Our Specialties

We work on a variety of anxiety disorders, and you can find more details on our program's approach to each of those disorders here. Our treatment and reseach program target difficulties with the following disorders. Learn more about them:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
    Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by excessive anxiety and worry about a number of life issues
  • Complicated Grief
    Complicated Grief (CG) is a clinically significant grief reaction that occurs at least 6 months after the death of a loved one.
  • Panic Disorder
    Panic disorder is characterized by recurrent unexpected panic attacks, followed by persistent concern about having more attacks, or worry about the implications of having an attack
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    PTSD can develop following exposure to one or more of a variety of traumatic events.
  • Social Anxiety
    Individuals with social phobia typically feel extremely anxious about being the focus of attention, and often avoid social and performance situations.
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