Self-Compassion, Health, and Empowerment (SHE) for Depression

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The University of Texas At Austin, Austin, TX
Depression+3 More
Self-Compassion, Health, and Empowerment (SHE) - Behavioral
Eligible conditions

Study Summary

Feasibility Study for Abused Chinese Immigrant Women

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Eligible Conditions

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Treatment Effectiveness

Study Objectives

This trial is evaluating whether Self-Compassion, Health, and Empowerment (SHE) will improve 4 primary outcomes and 2 secondary outcomes in patients with Depression. Measurement will happen over the course of It will be assessed 2 months after the 8-week intervention..

Month 2
Intimate Partner Violence
Number of Safety Behaviors Taken by Participants
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Trial Safety

Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

The intervention group
1 of 2
The control group
1 of 2
Experimental Treatment
Non-Treatment Group

This trial requires 50 total participants across 2 different treatment groups

This trial involves 2 different treatments. Self-Compassion, Health, And Empowerment (SHE) is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. Some patients will receive a placebo treatment. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

The intervention group
The control group

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: it will be assessed 2 months after the 8-week intervention.
This trial has the following approximate timeline: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and roughly it will be assessed 2 months after the 8-week intervention. for reporting.

Who is running the study

Principal Investigator
Y. L.
Prof. Yang Li, Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Austin

Closest Location

The University of Texas At Austin - Austin, TX

Eligibility Criteria

This trial is for female patients aged 18 and older. There is one eligibility criterion to participate in this trial as listed below.

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
18 years or older and female, self-identify as Chinese, reside in the U.S., have been in an intimate relationship at time of participation, and have experienced IPV within the current relationship.

Patient Q&A Section

How many people get post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) a year in the United States?

"It is estimated that more than 6 million Americans will be diagnosed with PTSD every year of their lives. These 6 million will receive nearly half of PTSD treatment. In a population of patients with PTSD, 20% have a PDS diagnosis. These patients have greater disease severity and are most likely to experience severe psychosocial deficits in the area of physical function, employment, and relationships. The prevalence of PDS among patients with [traumatic brain injury]( and other forms of traumatic brain injury, which involve significant neurological deficit, is underestimated. Recent findings imply that PDS may be common among patients with trauma-related neurological complications and provide a rationale for screening patients with PDS to identify those who may benefit from PDS interventions." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)?

"PTSD is an enduring, complex, and often disabling psychological disorder that occurs in response to an exceedingly challenging life event. It is strongly predicted by the cumulative impact of lifetime experiences with interpersonal violence. Ptsd in women is predicted by the childhood adversities of abuse and neglect, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and parental distress. Ptsd in men is predicted by being a child of a parent with a history of severe abuse or child neglect. Ptsd does not always follow an acute traumatic physical attack. Because of its long duration, multiple etiologies, and profound influence on quality of life, Ptsd is a central issue for military families." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Can post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) be cured?

"There is no evidence to support any clinical or research intervention to prevent, treat, or cure PTSD, and no credible evidence supports the belief that trauma can be eradicated, "cured." In this context, "cured" is synonymous with the belief that trauma is not to be expected or chosen. The term's implication that this trauma cannot be chosen is misleading, and it is unfortunate that its use is often misunderstood by people. Although PTSD is not a disease or condition because it is not caused by an infectious agent or non-medical diagnosis, it is a psychological condition in response to the adverse experience of trauma. The term implies a negative belief, thus reinforcing a belief, that this traumatic experience cannot be controlled or avoided." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are the signs of post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)?

"There are many possible symptoms that could be indicative of PTSD. [PTSD can be differentiated from other types of anxiety disorders by a variety of symptoms, some of which are common to other anxiety disorders such as phobic anxiety, panic attacks, or generalized anxiety.] [Frequently sought psychological health treatment for patients with moderate-to-severe PTSD include the following:\n\n1. Fear or trauma-specific fear (e.g., posttraumatic stress symptoms)\n2. Re-experiencing symptoms (e.g., flashbacks)\n3. Avoidance of trauma-related stimuli\n4." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What causes post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)?

"The exact cause of post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) is unknown, but may be a result of trauma at any age, repeated or chronic psychological or physical attacks, stressful situations and/or experiences in childhood, current stressful experiences, or a combination of both. There have been many attempts to understand what cause post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd); some suggest it is a result of trauma at any age, repeated or chronic psychological or physical attacks, stressful situations and or experiences in childhood, current stressful situations, or a combination of both. A combination of biological, psychological, and environmental factors may all be involved." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are common treatments for post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)?

"When ptsd patients require treatment, the focus is primarily directed at symptom management rather than recovery from trauma. There is no cure for ptsd, so treatment is aimed at improving patients' quality of life and coping skills." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is the latest research for post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)?

"The recent studies on PTSD are focused on the clinical manifestations of PTSD, most notably the development of PTSD symptoms, and the neurobiological and genetic aspects of PTSD in relation to other psychiatric disorders. It is also important to emphasize that a diagnosis of PTSD can be made in many different ways and can be diagnosed prior to symptoms appearing. Further research is needed to ascertain causal factors associated with PTSD. The most consistent finding was that PTSD patients had greater cortisol levels, more amygdala activation, and more deficits in visual memory, verbal memory, and verbal fluency and recall. Individuals with PTSD generally had lower functioning in the hippocampus, parahippocampal cortex, anterior cingulate cortex, and amygdala when compared to healthy controls." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Who should consider clinical trials for post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)?

"In a recent study, findings show that men and women have different characteristics when considering participating in a clinical trial, and there is no clear relationship between [ptsd status and] the ability to give informed consent. Because of the relatively small number of participants who took part in clinical trials, more work needs to be done to understand the influence of [ptsd status] on participation, and the impact of [ptsd status] on clinical trial outcomes." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Is self-compassion, health, and empowerment (she) typically used in combination with any other treatments?

"Self-compassion has been shown to improve the efficacy of most other treatments (e.g., exercise, antidepressant medication, or a combination of both). Self-compassion is also related with improved psychological and physical health, and enhances recovery by providing an empowering and safe environment in which individuals have confidence and express themselves. Empowerment is related to self-esteem in that it provides a sense of well-being, pride, self-acceptance, and competence. Self-compassion promotes self-esteem and self-efficacy as well as enhancing resilience and resilience-initiating behaviors. Individuals who are able to cultivate self-compassion report more positive social connections, have a more positive outlook on life, and are emotionally resilient." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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How does self-compassion, health, and empowerment (she) work?

"Results from this study suggest our theoretical framework and suggested that self-compassion not only leads to positive benefits (e.g., health) but is also an important mechanism through which empowerment, and thus other dimensions of personal identity and emotional wellbeing in early postpartum, works." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Have there been other clinical trials involving self-compassion, health, and empowerment (she)?

"Results from a recent paper of this study provide empirical support for self-compassion as a new construct in the measurement of psychosocial outcomes in PTSD treatment research." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What does self-compassion, health, and empowerment (she) usually treat?

"Self-compassion may play a role in the overall trajectory of mental health in people who have experienced adversity. Self-compassion may be a mediator between post-traumatic stress disorder and psychological functioning. This is the first study to show that self-compassion is an important part of overall wellbeing in the aftermath of mental illness." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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