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Treatment of Persistent PTSD using transcranial direct current stimulation and computerised memory training

Currently we are investigating the effects of working memory (WM) training on conditions such as Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In addition, we also investigate the potential for genetic factors to influence how individuals respond to treatment.

We are seeking volunteers for this research project. As a volunteer you will be eligible for free treatment, as well as a complete pre- and post-intervention Brain Function Profile (BFP) assessment. For further information on our current research and results of our pilot study please see the below attachment.

Explanatory Sheet

 

Exclusion Conditions:

Please note that persons who can be categorised into the following groups will not be allowed to voluntarily participate in the study:

1)   Persons with acoustic devices such as cochlear implants.

2)   Persons with any neurological or hearing disorders (e.g. epilepsy, tinnitus).

3)   Persons with a family history of any neurological condition.

4)   Persons who are at serious risk for heart disease, or people with increased intra-cranial pressure (e.g. trauma).

5)   Persons who are taking any investigational medication, pro-convulsive medication (e.g. tricyclic anti-depressants), and medication which have an inhibitory effect on cortical excitability (e.g. anti-convulsants).

6)   Persons with heavy alcohol consumption or those who self medicate with substances.

7)   Persons with a history of migraine (some types of migraines can be triggered by computer monitors).

8)   Persons with a history of motor or vocal tics (on rare occasions tics may be aggravated by working memory training).

9)   Some persons with severe depression.

10) Some persons with severe anxiety.

11)  Some persons with severe behaviour problems.

12)  Persons with psychotic symptoms (hallucinations, delusions and/or other symptoms that compromise the person’s ability to make rational judgments).

13)  Persons with thoughts of, or plans for, self-harm or suicide.

14)  Persons with thoughts of, or plans for harm to others.

15)  Persons with other unstable psychiatric disorder.

16)  A history of carpal tunnel syndrome or other repetitive motion disorder (these may be aggravated by participation in training).

If you are exempt from the above criteria please take a moment to complete the following forms and questionnaires. These results will be sent through to our research team whom will endeavor to contact you as soon as possible. Please allow a three business day turnaround before contacting the clinic directly for information on your eligibility.

Forms needed to be completed

Client Information Form

Consent Form

Screen for Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms – SPTSS

Depression Anxiety Stress Scales – DASSS Questionnaire

Shankle-Amen Dementia Early Screening Questionnaire

Thank you for taking the time to complete these documents. We look forward to helping you become your best self.

If you would like further information please contact us the Solstice – Mind Matters Clinic – Research Team

Ph: 0755992220
F:  0755992221
E:  research@solstice-mindmatters.com.au

 


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