Doctor pioneers new ways to treat PTSD

SAN DIEGO – A doctor is pioneering a new technique to treat post traumatic stress disorder that plagues too many of our active duty soldiers or returning veterans. 
“We have a national problem here,” said Dr. Frank Bourke from the Research and Recognition Project. “We are using the same tools that were used in Vietnam and most of them don’t work.”
Dr. Bourke is looking for 30 male volunteers to take part in a clinical trial using the Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories protocol.

It’s a type of cognitive therapy that works to change the image that pops in your head when recalling a traumatic memory. It is in essence altering that memory.
“What happens when you change those actual pictures is like neurological magic.”
Dr. Bourke has had success in a pilot study of this treatment with combat veterans in New York and while treating survivors after the tragedy of 9/11.
If you are someone currently serving in the military, or know a veteran that suffers from nightmares and flashbacks of traumatic memories you may be eligible to participate in the trial.
The protocol requires five, two hour visits to a pre-pilot study utilizing the Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories (RTM) protocol for the treatment of PTSD. 

This is a totally anonymous study, its results will not be reported to medical or military authorities. Participants will be given complete anonymity and will be compensated $200 to cover their transportation costs.

If you are interested or know someone who may be interested, please contact Dr. Denise Budden-Potts, Clinical Director – San Diego Project, at or  (760) 798-9076 or (619) 244-8034.

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