Neural & Cognitive Correlates of Glucocorticoid Response in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
ID Number 08-0071Principal Investigator(s)
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Since posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may accelerate or otherwise affect age-related psychological or medical conditions it is particularly important to understand PTSD as it continues to develop and change over the lifespan. The purpose of this study is to measure how the synthetic stress hormone, hydrocortisone, may alter patterns of brain function and examine how these alterations are related to possible changes in memory performance. We will compare three groups of combat exposed veterans: 1) with no lifetime PTSD, 2) with lifetime but no current PTSD, and 3) with current PTSD. Individuals may qualify to participate in this study if they are veterans age 55 or older.
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