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Bright Light: An Adjunct Treatment for Combat Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

This study has been completed.
University of South Carolina
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Department of Veterans Affairs Identifier:
First received: June 17, 2008
Last updated: January 18, 2013
Last verified: January 2013

We are testing novel treatments for combat PTSD: bright light exposure and negation ion exposure.

Condition Intervention Phase
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Other: Bright Light Exposure
Other: Negative Ion Generator
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Bright Light: An Adjunct Treatment for Combat PTSD

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Further study details as provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Clinical Assessed PTSD Scale (CAPS-2) and Clinical Global Impression (CGI) [ Time Frame: Change from baseline to post-treatment (5-6 weeks later) ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 70
Study Start Date: January 2009
Study Completion Date: December 2012
Primary Completion Date: November 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Arm 1
Bright Light (30 min/day)
Other: Bright Light Exposure
Administered via bright light box
Placebo Comparator: Arm 2
Negative Ion Generator (30 min/day)
Other: Negative Ion Generator
Administered via Negative Ion Generatore

Detailed Description:

Seventy OIF/OEF veterans with PTSD will be randomly assigned to one of two 4-week treatments (45 min/day): (1) bright light exposure or (2) a negative ion generator. Clinical assessments ,as well as self-reported measures of PTSD, anxiety, depression, and sleep will be assessed


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • veteran of OIF/OEF with PTSD
  • receiving other treatment

Exclusion Criteria:

  • bipolar disorder
  • psychosis
  • alcohol/drug abuse
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00701064

United States, South Carolina
WJB Dorn Veterans Hospital, Columbia
Columbia, South Carolina, United States, 29209
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of South Carolina
Principal Investigator: Shawn D. Youngstedt, PhD WJB Dorn Veterans Hospital, Columbia
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Department of Veterans Affairs Identifier: NCT00701064     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MHBA-008-08S
Study First Received: June 17, 2008
Last Updated: January 18, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:
posttraumatic stress disorder
negative ion generator

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Anxiety Disorders
Mental Disorders
Pathologic Processes processed this record on November 24, 2014