ost-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can happen after experiencing a traumatic or terrifying event. Anybody, regardless of their age or gender can develop PTSD; however, experiencing a traumatic event doesn’t necessarily mean that a person will develop this disorder.

PTSD is different from the sense of discomfort or sadness that people feel when recalling negative experiences; individuals who suffer from PTSD tend to experience disturbing thoughts, trouble sleeping, and both mental and physical distress on a regular basis, particularly when triggered by internal or stimulus including sounds, smells, places or feelings.

A doctor or a mental health professional will diagnose a person with PTSD after he or she has experienced symptoms for at least a month after the traumatic event occurred. Because PTSD can affect anybody at any point in time, there are treatments available to help you deal with your symptoms and overcome trauma. Currently, the most effective treatments include a mix of psychotherapy and medication to help the person deal with the depression or anxiety that can happen alongside PTSD.

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What Are Clinical Trials?

A clinical trial is a study conducted by medical professionals aiming to improve an existing treatment or find new alternatives for treating, preventing or diagnosing medical conditions. Many clinical trials begin at laboratories where research teams experiment with new drug ideas that could later become a treatment for a particular condition, then these medications are tested on volunteer human subjects to determine important factors such as it’s toxicity, side effects, and effectiveness.

Not all clinical trials involve testing new drugs or medications for treating a disease; some clinical trials rely merely on observation to determine how individuals respond or react to certain therapies or interventions. Other research studies might only want to collect blood or tissue samples to be later analyzed.

Regardless of the type of clinical trial, these studies are very rigorous and follow a predetermined set of rules and guidelines mandated by internal and external regulatory agencies. This means that clinical trials tend to be safe, and all participants are always closely monitored to ensure the trial runs smoothly and without any major inconveniences.

What Happens During A PTSD Clinical Trial?

Before you start participating in any type of clinical trial, a member of the research staff will make sure the entirety of the study has been explained to you, and they will ask you to sign an informed consent document.

An informed consent document is an official study document that explains the purpose of the study, any potential benefits and risks, and any other important information that you should know about before consenting to participate. It is important to note that even if you sign an informed consent document you are free to withdraw your participation from the trial at any point in time without consequence.

Because all clinical trials are different, what happens after giving consent will vary greatly depending on the type of study you enrolled into. Some mental health clinical trials involve medications; in these studies it is likely that the participant will be randomly assigned to a group to either receive a medication or a placebo. Researchers do this do determine the effectiveness of the medication whilst eliminating potential biases and confounders.

Will I Benefit From Participating In A Clinical Trial?

It is not possible to know whether a drug or a treatment being study in a clinical trial will be effective until it has gone through all phases and has been tested in many individuals. However, clinical trials are extremely important because they allow the medical field to move forward with the knowledge necessary to continue searching for cures, treatments, and preventive strategies for all kinds of conditions.

People participate in clinical trials for different reasons; some individuals with illnesses decide to participate in clinical trials for the opportunity of a potential new and effective treatment. Others choose to enroll in clinical trials to help science and medicine advance and helping others that might benefit from new drugs and treatments down the line.

Who Can Participate In A Clinical Trial?

Most clinical trials have an inclusion and exclusion criteria that outline who can and cannot participate based on the purpose of the study. While some trials want to have a very diverse sample and accept all kinds of volunteers, others might only look for individuals with a certain condition like PTSD or anxiety to test the medication or intervention on the specific population it is intended for.

Where Can I Find A PTSD Clinical Trial?

Clinical trials are often conducted by hospitals, universities or contract research organizations hired by pharmaceutical companies. If are thinking about enrolling in a PTSD clinical trial and would like to know what is available in your area, contact your doctor or mental health professional.

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  • Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic in Perinatal Mental Health (RISEUP-PPD-COVID-19)
    on October 20, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Conditions:   Post Traumatic Stress Disorder;   Depression;   Anxiety;   Psychological DistressIntervention:   Sponsors:   University of Minho;   Universidad Loyola Andalucia;   Beder College University. Albania;   Mackenzie Presbiterian University, São Paulo, Brazil;   Medical University of Sofia;   European University Cyprus;   Groupe Hospitalier du Havre;   University of Athens;   Bar-Ilan University, Israel;   University of Malta;   Mount Carmel Health System;   University of Coimbra;   Universidade Católica Portuguesa;   Instituto de Saude Publica da Universidade do Porto;   University of Huelva;   Instituto de Investigação Biomédica de Malaga. Spain;   Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia;   Kırklareli University;   King's College London;   Universidad de ConcepcionRecruiting

  • Healthy Recovery After Trauma Study
    on October 14, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Conditions:   Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic;   Shame;   Guilt;   Sexual Assault and RapeInterventions:   Behavioral: Cognitive Processing Therapy;   Behavioral: Self-Compassion TherapySponsor:   Christal L BadourRecruiting

  • Assessment of Sleep Disturbance as a Biomarker of Disease Activity in a Military Population With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
    on October 9, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Condition:   Post-traumatic Stress DisorderInterventions:   Behavioral: Sleep recording;   Behavioral: Cognitive tasks;   Other: QuestionnairesSponsor:   Direction Centrale du Service de Santé des ArméesRecruiting

  • Early Intervention Following Sexual Assault
    on October 9, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Conditions:   Ptsd;   Alcohol Use Disorder;   Sexual Assault and RapeInterventions:   Behavioral: Written Exposure Therapy Integrated with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Alcohol Use Disorder;   Behavioral: Written Exposure TherapySponsors:   Medical University of South Carolina;   National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)Recruiting

  • Scaling-up Psychological Interventions With Syrian Refugees in Switzerland (STRENGTHS_CH): RCT
    on October 5, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Conditions:   Distress;   PTSD;   Anxiety;   Depression;   Trauma;   Functional Disabilities;   Common Mental Health ProblemsIntervention:   Behavioral: Problem Management PlusSponsor:   University of ZurichRecruiting

  • MOVE!+UP: Testing a Tailored Weight Management Program for Veterans With PTSD
    on September 24, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Conditions:   PTSD;   Overweight;   ObesityInterventions:   Behavioral: MOVE!+UP;   Behavioral: MOVE!Sponsor:   VA Office of Research and DevelopmentRecruiting

  • COVID-Impact "Psychological IMPACT of Covid-19 on AP-HP Staff"
    on September 22, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Conditions:   Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD);   Anxiety;   Depression;   Epidemic Disease;   COVID19Intervention:   Other: QuestionnaireSponsor:   Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de ParisRecruiting

  • MIND/COVID-19: Mental Health Impact and NeeDs Associated With COVID-19: a Comprehensive National Evaluation in Spain
    on September 21, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Conditions:   Covid19;   Mental Health Disorder;   Mental Health ConditionsIntervention:   Sponsors:   Jordi Alonso;   Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre;   Instituto de Salud Carlos III;   Universitat Pompeu Fabra;   Public Health Agency of Barcelona;   Jordi Gol i Gurina Foundation;   Sistema de Emergencias Médicas de Cataluña (SEM);   Agència de Qualitat i Avaluació Sanitàries;   Gerencia de Atención Primaria de Madrid-FIIBAP;   Hospital del Mar;   Fundació Institut de Recerca de l'Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau;   Fundacion Clinic per a la Recerca Biomédica;   Hospital Vall d'Hebron;   Hospital Clínico Universitario de Valencia;   Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañon;   Hospital Universitario Principe de Asturias;   Hospital El Bierzo;   Hospital Universitario Araba;   Hospital Universitario Donostia;   Hospital de Cruces;   Hospital Universitario Torrecárdenas;   Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de DéuRecruiting

  • Assessing Inflammatory and Behavioral Pathways Linking PTSD to Increased Asthma Morbidity in WTC Workers
    on September 17, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Conditions:   Asthma;   PTSDInterventions:   Behavioral: Cognitive Processing Therapy;   Behavioral: Psychotherapy;   Behavioral: Targeted Asthma Education;   Behavioral: General Asthma EducationSponsor:   Icahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiRecruiting

  • Self-regulation of Prefrontal Cortex During Emotional Cognitive Control in PTSD
    on September 10, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Conditions:   PTSD;   Cognitive FunctionIntervention:   Other: Real-time functional magnetic resonance neurofeedback (rtfMRI-nf)Sponsor:   Laureate Institute for Brain Research, Inc.Recruiting

  • Trauma-focused Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for LGBT Patients With Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
    on August 31, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Conditions:   Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder;   Post-traumatic Stress DisorderIntervention:   Behavioral: Trauma-focused psychodynamic psychotherapySponsor:   Weill Medical College of Cornell UniversityRecruiting

  • Nursing Intervention in the Patient Being Discharged From the Intensive Care Unit
    on August 26, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Conditions:   Anxiety;   DepressionIntervention:   Behavioral: Nursing Empowerment InterventionSponsor:   Hospital Clinic of BarcelonaRecruiting

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