Nearly everyone experiences a range of reactions and emotions following a traumatic event. Many people recover from these situations without experiencing lingering symptoms, but some people continue to experience symptoms related to the traumatic event months and even years later. PTSD can develop in people who have experienced a shocking, scary or dangerous event. However, not every traumatized person develops PTSD and not every person with PTSD has been through a dangerous event. Sometimes the sudden or unexpected death of a loved one can cause PTSD.
Symptoms of PTSD often begin within three months of the triggering event, but can also develop years later. Symptoms associated with PTSD include flashbacks, frightening thoughts, avoidance of events, places or objects that are reminders of the traumatic event, feeling tense and “on edge”, anger outbursts, trouble sleeping, and loss of interest in enjoyable activities. Symptoms which last longer than a month and severely impact work, relationships and ability to function could indicate PTSD.
Artemis Institute for Clinical Research conducts clinical trials of investigative medications for the treatment of Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder. Qualified people participating in a trial may be eligible to receive financial compensation for time and travel, study-related medical and psychological evaluations, and the investigative study medication at no cost.
If you have experienced some or all of the symptoms described and would like to volunteer for a study, or if you know someone suffering from PTSD who may want to volunteer, please send us your request using the Join a Study form, or call us toll-free at 855-DoStudies (855.367.8834).