Women's Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Research Study
Recruitment status was Recruiting
The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between trauma and startle. The investigators are also looking at the effect of menstrual phase on this relationship.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
|Official Title:||The Psychophysiology and Neurobiology of PTSD Across the Menstrual Cycle|
Urine, blood and saliva samples are taken. Only blood and saliva samples are retained and used to measure stress hormone levels.
|Study Start Date:||December 2008|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||June 2013|
The investigators are trying to understand if there is a relationship between the experience of traumatic events such as those experienced by people with post traumatic stress disorder and reactivity to startling noises or mild threats. So, the investigators are looking at startle reflex, heart rate, and stress hormone responses to short noises and small shocks in people exposed to trauma and who either do or do not have PTSD. Additionally, the investigators will be looking at how the menstrual cycle impacts these processes. The investigators know that women have twice the risk for developing PTSD and some research suggests that stress hormones change during the menstrual cycle and may have an effect on risk.
|United States, Massachusetts|
|VA Boston Healthcare System||Recruiting|
|Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02130|
|Contact: Maggie Bauer 857-364-2790|
|Principal Investigator: Suzanne L. Pineles, PhD|
|Principal Investigator:||Suzanne L. Pineles, PhD||VA Boston Healthcare System, National Center for PTSD, Boston University School of Medicine|