Clinic: 636-949-5760 | Research: 636-946-8032 | 4801 Weldon Spring Pkwy, Ste. 300, St. Charles, MO 63304


Participate in a Study

To be considered for a PTSD research study, please complete the following information:

What’s in it for me?

There are several reasons people participate in clinical research:

  • Gain access to treatments before they are publicly available
  • Obtain a psychiatric evaluation and physical exam at no cost
  • Help others by contributing to medical research
  • Available medications are not helping to relieve symptoms
  • No cost medications
  • Possibility of experiencing less side effects than current treatment
  • No cost to you – no insurance is needed to participate
  • Receive compensation for time and travel (can vary from hundreds to thousands of dollars)

PTSD Overview

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that can develop in anyone who experiences physical or emotional trauma. Anyone who experiences—or witnesses—a single traumatic event such as a terrorist attack or a tornado, or chronic trauma, such as war, sexual abuse, or family violence, may develop PTSD. An experience of shock, danger, or fear automatically results in the body’s natural sympathetic response of fight or flight; however, when that stress reaction continues even though they are not in danger, PTSD can develop. Traumatic events usually occur unexpectedly, triggering fear and the body’s natural sympathetic response, known as stress. This is a normal response intended to protect a person from harm. Stress stimulates the nervous system, the endocrine system and the immune system, causing the release of adrenergic hormones and chemicals. Physical symptoms include increased heart rate and blood pressure, blood glucose levels rise, all in an effort to prepare the person to escape danger or deal with it more effectively if escape is not possible. Everyone experiences stress and trauma throughout life; however, when the stressful event interferes with normal daily function and relationships, it becomes identified as PTSD, which requires treatment to restore the ability to adapt and cope.

Symptoms of PTSD

Helpful information to know about symptoms of PTSD:

Symptoms of PTSD may include:

  • Poor attention
  • Headaches/Nausea
  • Nightmares
  • Memory problems
  • Intrusive images
  • Hypervigilance
  • Anxiety/agitation
  • Depression
  • Overwhelmed easily
  • Guilt
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Social withdrawal
  • Emotional outbursts/crying

For more information or to find out if you qualify, please call (636) 946-8032