Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is highly prevalent but remains poorly understood. The impact of GAD on peoples’ daily lives is particularly underesearched. Mental health disorders are heterogenous conditions–they can look very different from one person to the next–and we are committed to researching psychiatry at the level of the individual’s subjective experience and objective symptoms, in order to develop a more personalized approach to treatment.
This study integrates data acquired via your responses to tasks on your phone with sensor information from wearable devices, like an Apple Watch or Fitbit. The phone-based tasks will be questions about how you’re feeling at certain times, and other lifestyle factors that may affect your anxiety. This study offers a way for you to participate in advancing psychiatry research to build a more robust understanding of mental health and help optimize treatments moving forward.
Worldwide, roughly 1 in 7 people experience a mental health disorder, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and psychotic spectrum disorders. In the United States, anxiety disorders in aggregate cost more than $40 billion per year including time lost to illness and loss of life.
At any time up to one-third of the US population may be struggling with anxiety symptoms which can impact their quality of life for years to come and create personal and societal fallout.
We are committed to creating a new toolset for mental health and we believe this requires an evolution in our understanding of how common mental health disorders impact people. We are starting our research with Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
We designed the study to run for 12 weeks to give you time to get used to the app and share your experiences over an extended period. We hope to see changes or patterns over a significant time period in an individual’s life.
Your participation is voluntary and you can leave the study at any time. Only data collected during your participation will be saved for research.
All the data collected will be used to improve the research application to make it suitable for use in remote health studies of anxiety or other mental health disorders, not to analyze any individual study participant.
Data is password-protected and stored on a secured and encrypted server and will only be accessible to authorized MindMed research personnel.
MindMed takes all reasonable security measures to protect the participants from unauthorized access to, leak, or destruction of personal or identifying data. We use encryption, firewalls, secure facilities, and limited access to personal or identifying data. If a security breach occurs that could have a negative effect on your privacy, we will inform you about the breach as soon as possible.