Evaluating Brain Stimulation for PTSD Symptoms

Pilot study tests impact of non-invasive electrical stimulation when combined with behavioral therapy

Non-invasive brain stimulation is rapidly gaining attention as a potential treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) based on its ability to restore normal activity in areas of the brain that often become overly active in people who have experienced trauma.

The STRONG STAR Consortium at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is conducting a clinical research study testing whether Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) improves the response to treatment of patients receiving a brief behavioral therapy for PTSD.

In this study, which is being conducted in San Antonio, participants will be randomly assigned to receive one of two treatments: (1) Written Exposure Therapy (WET) plus tDCS, or (2) WET plus a placebo/inactive device. There is no charge to take part in the study, and participants are eligible to receive up to $75 for their participation.

Are you experiencing any of these symptoms?

  • Feeling jumpy or always on edge
  • Upsetting or distressing memories, nightmares, or flashbacks
  • Loss of interest in regular activities
  • Mood swings or irritability
  • Desire to avoid trauma reminders
  • Sleep difficulties

If so, this may be a great option for you. To inquire about participation, call 210-562-6726 or use the Get Treatment Contact Form to send us a private message.

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