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Brain Changes in War-Zone Exposed Military Service Members with PTSD

Join a Research Study: Enrolling locally from the Washington, D.C. metro region

To find out if you qualify, email NIMH or call 1-301-451-7996 [TTY: 1-866-411-1010].

The purpose of this research study is to better understand how the brain and body work in individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). To do so, we will be conducting a series of tests that investigate the differences between military service members with and without PTSD.

Research participation includes 1-3 outpatient visits, which include computer tasks (with and without unpleasant stimuli) during brain scans (functional magnetic resonance imaging; fMRI).

This study is currently recruiting:

  • active duty, reservists, and retired military service members
  • between 18-50 years old
  • with PTSD, from war-zone exposure
  • who are free of certain medications
  • who are free of certain physical and mental health conditions

You may not be eligible if you are pregnant, have metal in your body, current alcohol or substance abuse problems, or any health problems that would interfere with the study or make it unsafe for you. The study is conducted at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Each study visit will last up to 3 hours There is no cost to participate and compensation is provided.