Veterans who have prematurely dropped out of exposure therapy for PTSD will be contacted and offered the opportunity to return to treatment, this time with the assistance of a Veteran who has successfully completed this treatment in the past. Participants may receive a PE "Workout Buddy." This peer will meet them at the in vivo exposure therapy location and offer support an encouragement while the patient remains in that location. Participants may receive a PE general support peer. This peer will contact them once per week to check in about treatment progress and encourage session attendance, as well as discuss any life stresses. As the PTSD treatment standards in Charleston and other VA sites across the country increasingly include telemedicine delivered care, both in person and telemedicine based exposure therapy recipients will be included.
Behavioral health problems among Veterans have raised awareness of the critical need for more reliable, effective, and accessible ways to recognize those in need, direct them to help, and ensure that they receive the best evidence-based care available. AboutFace is a novel peer education program that features the personal stories of Veterans and is designed to improve Veterans' likelihood of engaging in PTSD specialty care. Using a randomized controlled study design we propose to compare the efficacy of AboutFace relative to standard care for improving treatment engagement and outcomes. Additional data from VA providers will provide valuable information on wide scale implementation and dissemination of AboutFace. If AboutFace increases access of services, data will have broad implications for overcoming barriers to care for Veterans with PTSD and other stigmatized conditions.
The purpose of the study is to examine whether 60-minute sessions of Prolonged Exposure (PE) is as effective as the standard 90-minute sessions in reducing the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PE is a well-researched, very effective individual (one-to-one) therapy that is designed to help people to deal with traumatic events they have suffered in the past, including combat. This study is being conducted at the Charleston VA Medical Center, surrounding Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), and in the community. It will involve approximately 200 active duty participants. This research is funded by the Department of Defense.
Objectives: The aim of the study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of DTMS for the treatment of PTSD.
Patient Population: 176 male and female subjects, 22-68 years of age, currently diagnosed with PTSD according to the DSM-V criteria.
Structure: A randomized, controlled, prospective, 9 week, double blind, multicenter study.
Blinding: The treatment administrator, study rater, all study personnel and patients will be blinded to the treatment being administered.
Concurrent Control: The study group will receive active DTMS treatment and the control group will receive inactive, sham treatment.
The purpose of this study is to determine if there are any differences in the improvement of MDD and PTSD symptoms when using two different types of ECT, and also to determine what effect recalling two different memories (a positive memory or negative PTSD memory) just prior to receiving ECT may have on PTSD symptoms. The two types of ECT treatment to be used in this study are called right unilateral ultrabrief (RUL UB) ECT and bilateral brief pulse (BL BP) ECT. Both types of ECT are widely used in the treatment of depression and are commonly used when ECT is recommended. This study will involve 70 (35 local and 35 at Long Beach VA site) subjects who are veterans suffering from MDD and PTSD.
We propose a randomized controlled clinical trial of 1,200 military service members who are at increased risk for suicide but not currently in behavioral health treatment. We are testing the effectiveness of a brief phone-based intervention aimed at changing military member's perceptions about behavioral health therapy. Participants will complete five interviews over the course of one year to collect information about change in behavioral health symptoms and treatment engagement.
As a result of sustained operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, there are an increasing number of U.S. military Veterans with substance use disorders and comorbid posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If left untreated, individuals with substance use disorders and PTSD are at increased risk for developing other mental health problems (e.g., depression, anxiety), suicidal ideation and attempts, medical problems, reduced resiliency and military readiness, vocational problems, and family/social impairment.Determine the benefits of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) in treating alcohol use disorder and comorbid post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among military Veterans.
In this study, we will evaluate the impact of the dietary supplement of krill oil concentrate, which contains the omega-3 HUFAs, on the success of U.S. Army officers training outcomes in Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course (IBOLC) training Part I) and Ranger training (Part II). We are researching the effects on key performance measures from the two parts of their training, as well as underlying psychological and cognitive functioning that are components of success. The questions addressed by this study are:
1. Will treatment with krill oil concentrate containing the omega-3 HUFAs improve cognitive and psychiatric functioning during U.S. Army Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course (Part I)?
2. Will treatment with krill oil concentrate containing the omega-3 HUFAs improve the performance of officers during portions of the U.S. Army Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course (Part I) and Ranger training (Part II)? This phase will combine the cognitive and physiological challenges from which we measure performance outcomes.
3. Do effects of the supplements continue once a person stops taking them? Are there any group differences in functioning observed 2 months after treatment is discontinued (i.e., after Ranger training)?
A small sub-study will address the same questions among older, more experienced Army personnel in Part I only.
Walking is important to persons who have had a stroke and better rehabilitation methods are needed to restore or improve their walking. This project will investigate ways to improve upon and diagnose the specific underlying impairments. Future work will allow clinicians, such as physicians and physical therapists, to make measurements in their clinic to better diagnose a person's specific walking deficit, design a specific treatment plan, and monitor its ability to restore or improve the person's walking.
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of a medication (doxazosin) on reducing symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use in Veterans. We will also examine the effects of doxazosin on brain activity at pre and post treatment.