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Light Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Led By Rebecca C Cox, PhD
Research Sponsored by University of Colorado, Boulder
Eligibility Criteria Checklist
Specific guidelines that determine who can or cannot participate in a clinical trial
Must have
Age 18-35
Primary OCD diagnosis (according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5)
Screening 3 weeks
Treatment Varies
Follow Up 5 weeks
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Study Summary

This trialstudies how light therapy could help adults with OCD who stay up late by improving their symptoms. Its results could explain how circadian rhythms affect OCD.

Who is the study for?
This trial is for English-speaking adults aged 18-35 with OCD and late bedtimes (1 AM or later). Participants must not be pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant, using certain medications like beta-blockers or MAO inhibitors recently, have a current sleep disorder other than DSWPD/insomnia, or have had recent changes in psychotropic meds.Check my eligibility
What is being tested?
The study is testing if light therapy can help improve symptoms of OCD. Participants will receive either actual light therapy or a placebo version without active treatment. The goal is to see if adjusting circadian rhythms affects OCD behaviors.See study design
What are the potential side effects?
Light therapy may cause mild side effects such as eye strain, headache, irritability, nausea, and sleep disturbances. However, these are typically temporary and often resolve on their own.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

You may be eligible if you check “Yes” for the criteria below
I am between 18 and 35 years old.
I have been diagnosed with OCD as my main health issue.


Screening ~ 3 weeks
Treatment ~ Varies
Follow Up ~5 weeks
This trial's timeline: 3 weeks for screening, Varies for treatment, and 5 weeks for reporting.

Treatment Details

Study Objectives

Outcome measures can provide a clearer picture of what you can expect from a treatment.
Primary outcome measures
Obsessive-Compulsive Inventory-Revised score
Secondary outcome measures
Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale score
Other outcome measures
Circadian phase

Trial Design

2Treatment groups
Active Control
Placebo Group
Group I: Active treatmentActive Control1 Intervention
Active light therapy
Group II: Control treatmentPlacebo Group2 Interventions
Placebo light therapy

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Who is running the clinical trial?

University of Colorado, BoulderLead Sponsor
117 Previous Clinical Trials
28,825 Total Patients Enrolled
Rebecca C Cox, PhDPrincipal InvestigatorUniversity of Colorado, Boulder

Frequently Asked Questions

These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

Is this research still accepting participants?

"Clinicaltrials.gov states that this trial, initially posted on September 23rd 2022, is actively recruiting participants. The listing was recently edited on October 31st 2022."

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Is the enrollment process for this trial limited to individuals under 75 years of age?

"This research seeks volunteers who fall within the age bracket of 18-35 years old."

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To what extent do the participants need to meet certain qualifications for this exploration?

"In order to be accepted into the trial, patients must have been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder and fall between 18 to 35 years of age. A total of 30 individuals are needed for this research initiative."

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How many participants are registered for this clinical experiment?

"Affirmative. According to the information present on clinicaltrials.gov, this research is actively enrolling participants. The trial was first posted on September 23rd 2022 and underwent its most recent update at the end of October that same year. 30 people are being sought from a single hospital site for inclusion in this project."

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~7 spots leftby Aug 2024