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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Exercise Study for Women with PTSD

This study investigates the effects of aerobic exercise among women aged 21-50 with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Aerobic exercise is thought to enhance certain cognitive abilities that we believe may be affected among women with PTSD. Additionally, we are investigating whether an individual’s endocannabinoid levels, a neurotransmitter with signals detectable in blood, affect how well aerobic exercise works to enhance cognitive abilities.

You may be eligible for participation if you are a female between the ages of 21 and 50 years old, have symptoms of PTSD, are currently medically healthy, and are able to understand and speak English.

You may NOT participate if you have a history of: exercise-induced medical concerns, brain damage, seizures, ASD (Autism) or other developmental delay, have a serious and unstable medical condition, or are currently pregnant.

Participation in this study includes 4 visits to the Department of Psychiatry. The first visit will include a confidential interview with a trained interviewer and questionnaires about mood and behavior. The three remaining visits will occur on consecutive days. At these visits, participants will complete a distraction task, and on the second of the three consecutive days, participants will also exercise for 30 minutes and provide two blood samples for endocannabinoid analysis.

Participants can earn up to $200 over multiple visits for involvement in this study.