Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

New study aims to treat PTSD with drug known to enhance learning

Wed, October 12, 2011

Psychology professors Francisco Gonzalez-Lima and Michael Telch are collaborating with psychologists from the University of Washington and the University of Pennsylvania in a new study using "prolonged exposure therapy" to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). About two-thirds of the PTSD patients who have been treated with this therapy no longer have PTSD after 10 therapy sessions lasting 90 minutes each. The researchers hope to improve the speed and effectiveness of this therapy with a memory-enhancing drug developed in Dr. Gonzalez-Lima's lab using animals. They are recruiting participants for the study, which is being funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. more >
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