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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Baylor College of Medicine is hoping that any woman with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will come forward for a unique study in Houston. They've developed the first drug ever made for the specific problems of PTSD.

FOX 26 News talked with Dr. Sanjay Mathew about it.

"It's a six week placebo controlled trial, meaning half will get a placebo and others will get the drug we're testing. The drug itself is called a C.R.F antagonist. C.R.F. is a peptide in the brain that is associated with stress," explains Dr. Mathew.

Doctors will perform tests, like an M-R-I and saliva samples, to look at stress hormones. Dr. Mathew says it would be a huge breakthrough if it works. That's because the only medications now available to treat PTSD are anti-psychotics or anti-depressants.

If you're a woman between the ages of 18-64 and suffer from PTSD, then Baylor College of Medicine and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center invite you to joint their 12-week study that's sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. They say participation may be compensated and all inquiries are confidential.

To learn more information, call 1-877-96-BCM-MOOD, send an e-mail message to mood@bcm.edu or visit http://pchiu.cpu.bcm.edu/Participate/Veterans.html.

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