Seeking a Cure for PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating condition that affects approximately 35% of the 2.5 million warriors who have served in the Middle East.This does not count those from previous wars. There are 22 a day committing suicide.

The Research and Recognition Project

The best current evidence-based treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, are most often clinically ineffective treating the veteran’s nightmares, and flashbacks. “Approximately two-thirds of the troops treated with them, continue to meet criteria for a PTSD diagnosis after 'successful' treatment and one-quarter drop out before the treatment is completed.” Most of these programs use drugs.

The Research and Recognition Project has developed the PTS(D) Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories (RTM) Protocol, which is a brief non-traumatizing intervention for the intrusive symptoms of PTSD. It is supported by nearly 25 years of anecdotal evidence and clinical reports, and is drug free!

In 2015 the BAF proudly teamed with the Research and Recognition Project and supported a 30-person, waitlist-controlled, replication study using rigorous scientific methods including independent psychometricians and analysists. Twenty-eight of the 30 Experimental and Control Group participants (93%) were free of a PTSD diagnosis at the six month follow-up! Behaviorally, their nightmares, flashback and the directly-related emotional problems were remitted by the protocol.

Results suggest that RTM is a promising intervention worthy of further investigation. The Blue Angels Foundation is committed to support on-going research in hopes of finding a cure for our veterans who suffer with this injury on a daily basis.

Watch the video about the Research & Recognition Project: