Researchers at Bradley University are studying three different treatments for PTSD in Veterans. The study is being led in part by Dr. Nancy Sherman, a professor in the Department of Leadership in Education, Nonprofits and Counseling and the Clinical Coordinator for the Counseling program.
Dr. Sherman says one treatment is EMDR, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing; another is RTM, reconsolidation of traumatic memories; and the third is Neurofeedback. "Volunteers are screened and, if eligible, they are placed in one of the three treatment groups or a control group. Pre-testing involves a series of interviews and a 19-channel scan of the brain."
If chosen for the study, each veteran receives several weeks of treatments and then post-testing to determine the outcome of success. The study has shown all three treatment styles have had positive results in decreasing PTSD symptoms. Sherman says this research is aimed at determining the most effective treatment, in the least amount of time, that is the most cost-effective.