A new computer-based intervention program designed and tested by Florida State University (FSU) researchers could reduce anxiety and suicide risk, a recent study says.

Brad Schmidt, PhD, director of the Anxiety and Behavioral Health Clinic at FSU, created the Cognitive Anxiety Sensitivity Treatment (CAST) program after finding a risk factor associated with anxiety problems. After a series of studies, Schmidt says he noticed that one component of the risk factor — anxiety sensitivity — was “very consistently” associated with suicide.

The treatment includes videos, interactive features and questions designed to deliver a better understanding of anxiety.

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