Yale Neuroimaging in PTSD Study
What is an MRI?
Our brains are made up of vast interconnected networks of cells called neurons. Essentially, different parts of the brain "talk" to one another through these connections. All of our memories, habits, and thought patterns rely on communication through neural networks.
Neural networks can be modified. They can change with experiences, age, and learning new things. We can work to change our neural networks to stop bad habits, negative thoughts, or unwanted memories.
If you have PTSD and are receiving a psychotherapy or drug treatment, you may be eligible for this study!
1. Fill out our pre-screen survey.
2. If you screen in, you will be directed to fill out a contact form. We will then get in touch with you for a short (5-15 minute) over-the-phone conversation, where we will ask you some questions and give you more details about our research.
3. Should you remain interested and eligible, we will bring you in for an in-person screening appointment. This visit includes an interview with a clinician to discuss your psychiatric health. You will also be asked to complete several questionnaires.
See if you may qualify
About the Study
This observational study uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to look at the brains of people receiving evidence-based therapies (therapy is not offered through the study).
We look for neural activity that has been associated with PTSD symptoms--particularly parts of the brain which relate to fear and memory.
Changes in the brain will be measured at 4 MR imaging appointments, which will be spaced out across the course of a year (baseline, 3 month, 6 month, 12 month).
Our aim is to better understand how PTSD treatment affects the brain and how a reduction in symptoms may present itself in one's neurocircuitry .