Research Opportunity: Post Traumatic Stress in people with a psychotic disorder

 Uni Bristol

What: Researchers from the University of Bristol are planning a study to work out how common PTSD is in individuals with a psychotic disorder, and how often this is undetected in clinical services locally. This study is trying to understand what causes schizophrenia and looking at extremely stressful or traumatic experiences and how they may play an important role in the development of hallucinations and delusions in some individuals.

This study will also help to inform researchers to develop a randomised controlled trial to test a PTSD-based psychological therapy in people with a psychotic disorder.

For: People who are Bristol Mental Health service users who are over 18 with a history of a psychotic disorder. We are keen to hear from people who believe that their psychotic disorder might be related to highly stressful experiences earlier in their life and who would be willing to dedicate some time to talk to us about this. We are willing to reimburse individuals for their time and any travel expenses incurred.

If you are interested in this study and want to hear more about the project please contact Dr Michelle Phillips on 0117 3314016 or email: michelle.phillips6@nhs.net. All information will be kept confidential.

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