Online Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in WTC Responders and Survivors
If you worked or volunteered as a WTC rescue, recovery or clean-up worker after the 9/11 attacks, or are a survivor of the WTC 9/11 attacks, and you are still experiencing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms related to your WTC experience, you might be eligible to participate in this clinical trial of therapist-assisted, Internet-based (online) writing therapy for WTC responders and survivors with persistent PTSD symptoms. This study is for WTC responders and survivors who are not currently receiving psychotherapy/counseling. In this study, the researchers aim to find out if Internet-based therapy can help WTC responders and survivors who are still experiencing PTSD symptoms.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Eligible Ages
- Over 18 Years
- Eligible Genders
- Accepts Healthy Volunteers
- Men and women who have worked or volunteered as rescue, recovery or clean-up workers at the WTC site following the 9/11 attacks, or who were living as a resident or working as an employee within the NYC disaster area during the 9/11 attacks, and who: - are currently still experiencing significant posttraumatic stress symptoms related to what they witnessed or lived through during the 9/11 attacks or their WTC recovery work and: - are not currently receiving psychotherapy or counseling - do not have psychosis, a psychotic disorder, or bipolar disorder - have not had recent alcohol or drug use problems - are not experiencing suicidal thoughts,thoughts of harming others, or significant dissociative symptoms.
- are currently taking antipsychotic medication, lithium or valproic acid. - have a current uncontrolled medical illness, neurological disorder affecting the central nervous system, or history of head injury
- Study Type
- Intervention Model
- Parallel Assignment
- Primary Purpose
- None (Open Label)
Online Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
|Through guided writing, Internet-based cognitive therapy aims to help WTC responders and survivors process any traumatic experiences they lived through during their WTC recovery work and exposure.||
Online Supportive Therapy
|Through guided writing, Internet-based supportive therapy aims to help WTC responders and survivors work through any life problems they might currently be experiencing.||
- Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Study ContactMary Kowalchyk, MA
Some people who live through traumatic experiences, such as the 9/11 WTC attacks or their aftermath, suffer from mental and physical problems that occur as a result of the incident and can persist over time. These problems are known as post-traumatic stress reactions or symptoms, and may include sleep disturbances, feelings of guilt and shame, persistent nightmares or upsetting memories of the incident, avoidance of reminders that might trigger upsetting memories, loss of interest in activities, concentration difficulties, and feeling distant from other people. People who experience persistent PTSD symptoms often receive treatment in person in an outpatient clinic. However, recent findings suggest that Internet-based treatment can also yield positive treatment effects. The Internet offers people the opportunity to receive psychological support from home. For some people, it is easier to communicate without direct visual contact with another person about their experiences. Despite the distance, people can reflect on their situation or concerns with the help of a personal therapist. As mentioned above, this study is for WTC responders who are not currently receiving psychotherapy/ counseling. After completing the online consent form and an initial online questionnaire, participants complete a telephone assessment conducted by a member of the team at Mount Sinai Medical Center. If you are eligible and agree to participate, you will be randomly assigned (as by the flip of a coin) to receive one of two therapies: Internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy or Internet-based supportive therapy. Each participant is assigned a personal therapist from the team at Mount Sinai to work with throughout the treatment. In this study, communication between participant and therapist is conducted exclusively across the Internet, in written form, through the secure Web platform housed at Mount Sinai. The treatment involves written exchanges between participant and therapist over the course of approximately six weeks. Through guided writing, online therapy aims to help WTC responders process their traumatic experiences or better manage current life problems. In this study, the researchers aim to find out if Internet-based therapy can help WTC responders who are still experiencing PTSD symptoms.