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Maximizing Treatment Outcome in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

2014-08-27 04:00:48 | BioPortfolio

Summary

The purpose of this study is to examine the efficacy of exercise + therapy to therapy alone to determine if they can improve the effects of prolonged exposure therapy (PE) in reducing symptoms of anxiety associated with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In addition the two strategies (i.e., exercise + therapy and therapy alone condition) will be compared in terms of levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF is a protein that helps to support the survival of existing neurons and stimulate the growth of new neurons and synapses. BDNF is important to learning and memory in general and therefore may be associated with the learning and memory as it relates to PE and corresponding symptoms PTSD improvement.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Intervention

Prolonged Exposure, Exercise

Location

The University of Texas at Austin
Austin
Texas
United States
78712

Status

Completed

Source

University of Texas at Austin

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T04:00:48-0400

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