D-cycloserine Enhanced Imaginal Exposure Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


We are recruiting individuals with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder related to a multitude of traumas including, but not limited to, accidents, assaults, injuries, natural disasters or terrorism.


The purpose of this study is to treat symptoms of Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) resulting from various traumas using traditional treatment combined with the use of D-Cycloserine (DCS).


Treatment is offered on an individual basis for 12-14 weekly sessions lasting approximately 75-90 minutes each. This cognitive-behavioral treatment aims to introduce skills and techniques that will reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. One essential component of the treatment includes describing one;s traumatic experience. Participants will be randomly assigned to take either a low dose of D-Cycloserine (DCS; a broad-spectrum antibiotic) or a placebo pill prior to their weekly session to examine the effects of DCS on treatment. Thus treatment incorporates traditional techniques that have been shown to be effective in treating PTSD, with cutting edge pharmacology to enhance the treatment. Treating clinicians are all highly experienced in working with PTSD, civilians and disaster workers.

To schedule a free evaluation or to learn more about our studies, please call (212) 821-0783.

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