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Study at USF helps PTSD patients

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Laney Rosenzweig Laney Rosenzweig
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

A major study to help members of the military suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder out of the University of South Florida School of Nursing is now expanding to the British soldiers.

The treatment is called Accelerated Resolution Therapy or ART.

"Based on very encouraging results observed to date with the use of ART, multiple studies are being designed and pursued including a head to head randomized controlled trial versus Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy, which is a first-line evidence-based therapy routinely used by VA clinicians, so this is very exciting," said Dr. Kevin Kip a USF College of Nursing Professor and Executive Director of the USF research center.

Former Green Beret Brian Anderson heard about the treatment after trying Prolonged Exposure therapy which didn’t help the PTSD he experienced after witnessing two of his fellow soldiers die by Taliban sniper fire. However, almost immediately after a single ART treatment, he noticed tremendous change.

"After I went through one 2-hour session I was able to take the scene and put into long term storage," Anderson said.

The woman who developed ART, Laney Rosenzweig, says the treatment works by guiding patients through a series of eye movements that helps the mind erase negative images.

"By doing that, they can’t pull them up and we take it a step further by replacing those thoughts with a positive image," said Rosenzweig.

Rosenzweig is now collaborating with USF to expand the ART study.

If you would like to learn more about this breakthrough treatment, you can click here.

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