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Telemedicine - PTSD Study

Participants: We are currently recruiting veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars who meet criteria for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, as well as people who experienced trauma because of their occupation (i.e., disaster workers, police, firefighters, etc.).

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to treat symptoms of Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) resulting from various traumas using traditional treatment combined with the use of D-Cycloserine (DCS) via telemedicine.

Details: Participants will receive 12 free sessions of imaginal exposure therapy in which they repeatedly recount memories of their traumatic event, within a controlled, supportive environment, until their distress level declines. This therapy will be conducted using videoconferencing technology between Vermont and New York and is combined with either D-Cycloserine (DCS) or a sugar pill. We are testing whether DCS improves exposure therapy to reduce PTSD-related distress. There is no cost for participation.

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Weill Cornell Physicians NewYork-Presbyterian