Willing to take study medication or participate in study therapies
Available for visits with healthcare practitioners and study facilitators
Willing to undergo physical exams and have vitals taken
What is the clinical definition of PTSD?
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-V), the diagnostic criteria for PTSD includes:
Exposure to actual threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence. The exposure can be through direct experience of the traumatic event; witnessing the traumatic event; learning that the traumatic event happened to a family member or close friend; or experiencing repeated or extreme exposure to aversive details of the traumatic event (Example: Police officers repeatedly responding to accidental deaths).
Presence of intrusion symptoms associated with the traumatic event, including distressing memories, disturbing dreams, flashbacks, or intense or prolonged psychological or physiological distress triggered by internal or external reminders.
Avoidance of trauma-related stimuli, either internal (thoughts, feelings, memories ) or external (people, places, things).
At least two negative thoughts or feelings that began or worsened after the event. These may include an inability to remember important aspects of the event; persistent and exaggerated negative beliefs; exaggerated self-blame or blame of others for the traumatic event; excessive fear, horror, guilt, shame; decreased interest in once-enjoyable activities.
Trauma-related arousal and reactivity, which may involve angry outbursts, self destructive behaviors, hypervigilance, exaggerated startle response, trouble sleeping, or trouble concentrating.
Symptoms last a month or more
Symptoms cause significant distress in relationships, work or school performance, and other areas of life.
Symptoms are unrelated to any substance or medical condition
What is the focus of the PTSD clinical trial?
The purpose of our research study is to find new and better ways to minimize or eliminate symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder. Certain therapies and medications do provide relief for some people with PTSD, but they are not effective for everyone. PTSD clinical studies help researchers learn more about post traumatic stress disorder by gathering information from participants regarding the effectiveness of new medications and other interventions for treating the scope and severity of their symptoms. The more we know about PTSD, how it affects different people, and what works to minimize their symptoms, the closer we get to solutions that provide relief for those who suffer from it now and in the future.
How Do You Know if You or a Loved One Suffers from PTSD?
Some common symptoms include:
Frequent thoughts about the traumatic events and worries that it might happen again;
Difficulties remembering details and concentrating – especially details of the event;
Feelings of defensiveness or paranoia that may be accompanied by angry outbursts;
Problems sleeping, including difficulties falling asleep, staying asleep or nightmares;
In unusual cases, “flashbacks” to the traumatic event that can be highly disorienting.
In general, people suffering from mental health concerns are far more likely to be the victims of violence than its perpetrators – and this is just as true of PTSD. To overcome the disorder, a wide range of treatments can be pursued. However, it can take years to completely control symptoms.
Considering PTSD Treatment for Yourself or Others
PTSD sufferers can benefit from a variety of different medications that can help reduce the “fight or flight” response common to all PTSD experiences. These medications may work to reduce an overabundance of activity in the central nervous system or adrenaline gland.
Therapy has also been shown to be very effective for most PTSD sufferers. By gradually coming to terms with the traumatic event, they can gain greater control over symptoms and their own life. Unusual forms of therapy such as art and equine therapy can be useful.
Many people with PTSD, especially those with a military background, have made great strides as a result of being paired with a service dog. Service dogs not only provide emotional support, but can perform basic tasks for their owners and alert them in the event of a medical crisis.
Most PTSD sufferers will try multiple different treatments in combination before they find the answer that works best for them. The complexity of PTSD is one reason why PTSD clinical trials are so important.
Paid PTSD Studies Can Help You Manage PTSD
At Synergy Research Centers, we offer post-traumatic stress disorder clinical trials that can help you access innovative treatments. All of our PTSD paid studies offer compensation for your time and effort. You’ll be making extra income while helping others just like you.
Once initial eligibility is determined, participants will be provided with more specific information about the study and what to expect moving forward. Participants will receive study-related medical care and medication at no cost. Compensation for time and travel will also be provided for each visit completed.