Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the HELP study?
What is the HELP study?
There are several effective therapies for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but they are often time consuming. In this study, we want to see if adding the medication Methylene Blue USP will make the therapy work faster thus allowing us to reduce the number of treatment sessions. To answer this question, we are looking for eligible individuals suffering from PTSD who are willing to receive no-cost psychotherapy for PTSD and possibly also take Methylene Blue USP. The study is running in three locations: Austin (512) 404-9118, Philadelphia (215) 746-3327, and Seattle (206) 685-3617.
Am I eligible for this study?Please give us a call if you're interested in participating. We can help determine your eligibility. You may be eligible to participate in the HELP study if:
- You are between the ages of 18 and 65
- You have experienced a serious traumatic event, such as rape, assault, combat, serious car accident, or a natural disaster.
- You are currently experiencing symptoms such as unwanted thoughts or images about the trauma, avoidance of reminders of the trauma, and feeling anxious or depressed.
- Are not currently taking an antidepressant medication (for example, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, Effexor, Wellbutrin)
I want to participate in the study. How do I enroll?
If you're interested or have questions, please call us right away. All three of our study locations are currently enrolling. The study is being run in Austin (512) 404-9118, Philadelphia (215) 746-3327, and Seattle (206) 685-3617.
When you call, we'll explain the study procedures in more detail and ask you a few questions to determine if the study is a good fit for you. If it does seem to be a good fit, we'll schedule you to come to our clinic for a no-cost psychiatric evaluation to discuss your symptoms, determine your eligibility for the study, and provide you with local referrals for treatment if you are not eligible for the study.
What treatment will I receive?
If you're eligible for the study, you will receive at least 6 sessions of psychotherapy for PTSD. You may also receive a medication called Methylene Blue USP or a sugar pill called a placebo. All participants complete three follow-up psychiatric evaluations after treatment has ended.
How much does the treatment cost?
All assessments and therapy visits will be provided at
no cost to study participants. We do not reimburse for transportation
costs. Y ou will receive $50 compensation at the final evaluation.
ou will receive $50 compensation at the final evaluation.
Where do I call to learn more?
Call the site nearest to you:
Austin, TX (512) 404-9118
Philadelphia, PA (215) 746-3327
Seattle, WA (206) 685-3617