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Using D-Cycloserine to Augment Exposure Therapy for Children with Specific Phobia.

Simon Byrne

D-Cycloserine (DCS) is a cognitive enhancing medication believed to “consolidate” fear extinction learning into memory during exposure therapy. This paper examines whether DCS could augment extinction of a specific fear in children. We conducted a double-blind placebo-controlled Randomized Controlled Trial to investigate whether 50mg of DCS can enhance fear extinction of a dog or spider phobia. Thus far, we have recruited 17 children (M age = 9.4 years) who ingested DCS or a placebo prior to receiving a massed session of in vivo exposure. Avoidance was measured using a standardized ten-step Behaviour Approach Tests (BAT), where successive steps increased proximity to the feared stimulus. BATs were conducted at pretreatment, immediately post-treatment and on follow-up one week later to measure return of fear.

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Simon Byrne

Macquarie University, Faculty of Human Sciences

Co-authors: Rapee, R., Malhi, G., & Richardson, R. Macquarie University, University of Sydney, and University of New South Wales. Australia.
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