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Anxiety-related Mechanisms and their Role in Suicide Webinar

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The empirical literature suggests a robust association between suicide and anxiety yet this remains an underexplored area of work. In the current presentation, I will delineate recent work from our laboratory highlighting a potential mechanism that may account for this association. Specifically, Cognitive Anxiety Sensitivity (CAS: fear of cognitive arousal symptoms) has been shown to be related to suicide symptoms. The program will highlight work from studies funded by the Military Suicide Research Consortium and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. As part of this work, we developed and evaluated a brief, computer-based intervention for reducing CAS. Findings from two randomized controlled trials will be discussed. This work indicates that changes in CAS mediate the relationship between the intervention and suicide symptoms at follow-up. Implications of this work will be discussed.

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