CBTm to Increase Resiliency for PTSD

fMRI to Examine the Effect of CBTm to Increase Resiliency for PTSD

A substantial proportion of public safety personnel (PSP) develop service-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is associated with a range of negative outcomes and its exact underlying neurophysiological mechanism is still not well understood. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is commonly prescribed to treat PTSD, and recent studies suggest that it may be effective in preventing the condition. We have developed a 5-session class focused on teaching introductory CBT skills to prevent and manage psychological distress, and we are currently in the process of launching a clinical trial to demonstrate its effectiveness in preventing PTSD and related conditions in PSP. In the proposed adjunctive study to this trial, we will quantitate the brain connectivity signature that is specific to the PTSD-resilience, and examine whether the classes increase this resilience-related brain mechanism.

No pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted

Behavioral - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Mindfulness Class

The CBTm classes are five, 90-minute sessions focused on strategies to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Do Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Skills Classes Increase a Resiliency-related Brain Connectivity Pattern to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder?