Helping Extinction Learning in PTSD (HELP)

Is your life being affected by memories of a past trauma?

Are you having recurring flashbacks or nightmares? Avoiding places or situations? Sleep problems? Emotional reactions tied to the trauma?

Many trauma survivors suffer for years after their traumatic experience.

If you have been raped, attacked, had a serious car accident or combat experience, you are 18 to 65, and you are NOT taking anti-depressant medications, you may be eligible for a research study addressing post traumatic stress disorder.

Participation includes a no-cost evaluation, 6 no-cost therapy sessions, no-cost medication to work with the therapy, and 3 months of follow-up evaluations.

Organization: 
The Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator: 
Dr. Lori Zoellner, Dr. Mike Telch, Dr. Edna Foa
Eligibility Criteria: 

You are between the ages of 18 and 65

You have experienced a serious traumatic event, such as rape, assault, combat, serious car accident, or a natural disaster.

You are currently experiencing symptoms such as unwanted thoughts or images about the trauma, avoidance of reminders of the trauma, and feeling anxious or depressed.

Exclusion Criteria: 

Patients currently taking an antidepressant medication (for example, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, Effexor, Wellbutrin) are not eligible for this trial.

Contact: 
Sarah Morris, (215) 746-3327, sarahmor@mail.med.upenn.edu
Location: 
Austin, TX, Philadelphia, PA, Seattle, WA
State: 
Texas

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