Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
New trial of psychological therapies for PTSD
What is PTSD?
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a disabling stress disorder that people may develop after experiencing one or more traumatic events.
- Unwanted distressing memories of the trauma, flashbacks or nightmares
- Feeling emotionally upset, tearful or irritable for example, or bodily reactions such as sweating, shaking or a racing heart beat when reminded of the event
- Avoiding talking about the trauma, thinking about it or feelings associated with it
- Avoiding reminders of the trauma: people, places or activities
- Feeling emotionally numb, difficulty experiencing feelings like love or happiness
- Negative thoughts about the self, the world or the future
- Feeling detached and cut-off from other people, finding it difficult to be close to anyone
- Loss of interest in activities that used to be enjoyable
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Feeling overly alert or watchful or feeling jumpy
What is a traumatic event?
A trauma is an exceptionally threatening event during which the individual may feel like they (or someone very close to them) are about to die or experience serious harm. Examples include the following: assault, rape, accidents, terrorist attacks, fire, disaster and witnessing someone being badly injured or killed.
About our treatment trial
Research shows that PTSD can be treated effectively with psychological treatments, but it is unclear which treatments work best and how they should be best delivered. A new clinical trial with 175 participants will compare two forms of psychological therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder that are completed online over 3 months with the help of a therapist. 86% of the eligible participants will be able to start treatment right away, and 14% will wait for 3 months before starting one of the treatments. The decision which treatment participants will receive and when they start, is made randomly by a computer programme. Participants attend assessments and fill in questionnaires at regular intervals to monitor their progress during treatment and a year afterwards.
All participants will receive internet-based psychological therapy with support from a therapist for their post-traumatic stress disorder. A team that specialises in the treatment of this disorder will deliver the treatment and closely monitor progress.
If you suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder after experiencing a traumatic event in adulthood, could attend assessments in Oxford, South London or Brighton and would be interested in information about the trial, please get in touch with the study coordinator (Mon – Fri 9 am to 5 pm, answering machine outside these hours):
STOP-PTSD study coordinator
Oxford Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma
Telephone: 01865 281867