10 Mar. 2017

Update 14
Posted by Veterans Stand
8 hours ago



Thank you to all of our supporters and donors. We greatly appreciate your ongoing commitment to our mission at Standing Rock. The last month has been filled with dramatic events, important partnerships and significant advancement in our long term role into the situation.

On Feb. 22, 2017 the Governor of North Dakota deployed all accessible law enforcement agencies, including private security firms and the National Guard, in a show of excessive force which began a 2 day aggressive eviction of Oceti Sakowin and subsequently the following week was devoted to the same aggressive evictions at the supporting Rosebud, Sacred Stone, and 7th Generation Water Protector campsites. The Cheyenne River Sioux tribe, with the support of Veterans Stand, maintain the only active camp in the Ft. Yates – Cannonball area. This camp sits on private land and fully complies with all state and tribal property laws and zoning regulations. The foundation has been built and the camp capacity grows exponentially on a daily basis.

The Dakota Winds and pending snowstorms are still a challenge with more Water Protectors arriving every day, and the pending continuation of Keystone XL, there’s a lot more work to be done.

In addition to this camp, The Cheyenne River Sioux tribe has opened an offsite service center for Water Protectors in transition, with running water, electricity, and RV hookups, in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Free medical and mental health support, as well as resources to assist Water Protectors along in their journey is available at both locations,

All sites will be operated under guidelines set by the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe; Chairman Harold Frazer and his team have been working closely with #VetStand OPS to develop a long term strategy for support of this camp, the Eagle Butte center (which will serve as the primary command post for Veterans Stands’ ongoing #NoDAPL efforts), and future #NoKeystoneXL sites and operations. The sign-up roster for 1-2 week rotations in support of these missions can be found at veterans-stand.org and we encourage you all to sign up and share.

As our mission and involvement has expanded, and continues to expand, we’re taking this opportunity to change up our funding model for this ongoing campaign, which gives donors more flexibility in how they can support and participate. Please join us at http://bit.ly/2n5giM2 as we continue our stand in support of our brothers and sisters against all enemies to the US people, constitution, and human rights, both foreign and domestic.

Again we thank you for your ongoing commitment to #StandingRock and the Veteran Volunteers of #VeteransStand

Website/Mission Info & Roster: www.veterans-stand.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/veteransstand4
Twitter: @VeteransStand4
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PR/Press/Media: media@veterans-stand.org

#VetStand #UnitedWeStand #NoDAPL #WaterIsLife

Eagle Butte Center Video:Brian Churchill
Dakota Winds Video: Lachlan Ross

Cheyenne River Camp Photo: Ross McKee

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Update 13
Posted by Veterans Stand
22 days ago


So sure Rubber Bullets aren’t lethal?

Making Progress!

Sacred Rock – #NeverForgetTheBeauty

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Update 12
Posted by Veterans Stand
24 days ago


Each and every one of you is amazing – THANK YOU!

Halfway to our goal thanks to the generous support of 4.9K donors like yourselves. We are honored and humbled by your commitment to the Stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Many of you have been anxious for news of our #VetStand #AdvanceTeam in Standing Rock. Join us tonight for a Facebook Live event hosted by our friends at EcoWatch. We’ll have Chris Duesing our head of Field Operations and some of his team online to answer your questions and provide an update on our mission.

Please join us TODAY, Monday, February 13 at 7 PM – 8 PM EST https://www.facebook.com/events/735343503282662

Thank You from Veterans Stand

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Update 11
Posted by Veterans Stand
25 days ago


Update from the #VetStand #AdvanceTeam in #StandingRock

Thank you for your continued support of our stand for Standing Rock. Our campaign has just passed $230K and we are humbled by your kind support. We have already begun putting the funds to good use! Our advance team has been onsite for just over a week, building the right network for ongoing, sustained support of the camp community and addressing the more immediate needs for help.

There are a diversity of needs within the camp infrastructure such as food, supplies, gear and transportation but the biggest overall is manpower, manpower to finalize the cleaning of the camps in the flood zone and moving to the higher ground before the thaw. We are working with several leaders to understand resources available and how to best house the camp community in their new locations, including all hygiene and sanitation needs.

Our team has built a strong network of partners onsite to help us deliver the goods where they are needed most. We are also identifying local vendors to ensure the bulk of the funds stay within the Standing Rock community and local economy. We will continue to work with these partners and investigate others who can assist in building a more consistent and effective supply chain of goods flowing into the camps. When it comes to manpower we are coordinating across our #VetStand network for the generalist and specialist skills that are in most need.

We appreciate there is a great deal of concern and uncertainty given the recent ACoE decision and aggressive movements to begin drilling by DAPL, but we do not believe this stand is close to over. Help us keep this story alive, help us bring this stand to the offices of people investing in DAPL and legislators who are turning a blind eye to civil rights and rule of law being steam rolled. Its time for everyone to take a stand. Share, call, write – make sure your voice is heard and if you’d like to join us in Standing Rock be sure to fill in our sign up roster at www.veterans-stand.org

Thank you,
The Veterans Stand Team

#VetStand #NoDAPL #WaterIsLife #UnitedWeStand

Lot’s of prep work to do!

We spotted 15 of these at the Casino

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Standing Rock Update(s)


Posted by Veterans Stand
11 hours ago


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Hello Everyone,

It’s been a distressing couple of days for our mission at #StandingRock with the ACOE announcement we realize you all are looking for more information about what is going on and what happens next.

Veterans Stand has an advance team on the ground at the Standing Rock Reservation to meet with tribal and camp leadership to coordinate upcoming deployments, deliver supplies, and determine the areas of need in which we can be of greatest assistance.

It’s confusing time and morale here is low as people are worried about what comes next. Their biggest worry is that they have been forgotten, as we deliver supplies and gear to our brothers and sisters we have shared many tears and hugs of relief. It is important that we remain mindful of the fact that we are all here in spirit of peace and service, for an outcome that goes beyond the wishes and of any single person or organization.

We have been so grateful for your support which has helped us help so many others. This is a critical time for Standing Rock we have to ask for your help in continue spreading the news and this campaign with networks. Together we can stop this injustice, together we can make this Stand matter.

#VetStand #NoDAPL #WaterIsLife #UnitedWeStand

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Update 9
Posted by Veterans Stand
2 days ago


Thanks to your kind support we have hit a new high at just over $170K in just 10 days. We can’t thank you enough for your continued support!

Our advance team has made great progress in Standing Rock this week and look forward to sharing our plans with you all in the coming days. There is dire need in the camps in many areas we can address through this campaign but also hope, inspiration and a genuine tears of relief from the community of Water Protectors who have stood strong for these months in extreme conditions.

The #StoriesOfStandingRock are diverse and powerful. You’ll find people from all over the country with perspectives and motivations for taking their stand at #StandingRock as diverse as their background, political or religious beliefs. What drives them here is ultimately the need to protect our water, our land and our civil liberties.

What’s happening in Standing Rock is NOT happening to just the indigenous tribes of this area, it’s not just happening to people of this region who depend on this water supply, its NOT happening to some “hippies”, “libtards”, “protesters” or “domestic terrorists”. What’s happening at Standing Rock IS happening to ALL OF US, there is no them there is only we. What’s happening in North Dakota is happening all over the country; treaties are being disregarded; civil liberties are being assaulted; rights are being taken away and most importantly precedents are being set that can be used all over the country.

Many of you have been asking how you can support Standing Rock from home, look no further. Quick refresher on the $$ behind DAPL. https://www.democracynow.org/2016/9/6/whos_investing_in_the_dakota_access

#VetStand #Resist #TakeYourStand #InformationIsPower #NoDAPL #SelfOrganize

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Update 8
Posted by Veterans Stand
3 days ago


Thank you again for all your continued support we are so grateful to all of you for your generous donations and for sharing this campaign with your networks.

#VetStand has advance team onsite in Standing Rock this week to coordinate with the local leadership and together determine the best path forward for utilizing this campaign for maximum impact.

Our team is incredibly inspired by the potential we have to have a positive and direct impact on the situation in Standing Rock by partnering with some exceptional Indigenous Leaders and teams like Veterans for Peace who have already established a long term presence and infrastructure here.

Please stay close to our networks for more news and updates.


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Update 7
Posted by Veterans Stand
6 days ago




THANK YOU! $100K in just 6 Days from close to 2K donors! You are AMAZING and your commitment to #StandingRock and the Water Protectors is POWERFUL. Help us continue to share across your networks & don’t let this story die!

We know many of you are anxious for ACTION hearing the recent reports coming from the camp. We want to ensure you, #VetStand has been following the situation closely and are working with several of our contacts locally. Our operations team is leading our measured actions in service of the community.

We will continue to update you all as the situation evolves, please understand for security and operational effectiveness reasons there is a limited amount of information we can share at this time. More to come, standby & stay close – we need the power of your voice!

#NoDAPL #WaterIsLife #UnitedWeStand

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A Repost & UpDate 17 November 2016: Help Wendy Beveridge sleep and heal from Lyme disease


Fall Leaves

Dear friends,

The treatments are helping me and I thank you so much  to all of you who have donated to my fundraiser to help me reach my treatment goal. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I so much want to be able to volunteer with kids and their families again, drive again, and feel the relief of restful sleep. I am still struggling quite badly and am  hopeful that the treatments will keep helping me heal. Every donation has helped. Even the $5.00 ones absolutely!

Can I ask you to to help me reach my goal by sharing my fundraiser page on the You Caring website (click below) either on your social media like Facebook, or in email — perhaps to a few friends who would benefit by knowing about this (if you haven’t already).

All of us know someone taking a sleep or anxiety medication and it’s *very likely* that their medication is the same class of medications (benzodidazpines) that harmed my nervous system so badly, devastating  my sleep and my life for years. Benzodiazepines are  very commonly prescribed and is estimated to harm as many as 25% of those who are prescribed it. Class action legal efforts are under way to stop this drug from being prescribed improperly, and part of my desire in my fundraiser is to reach others taking these medications to spare them the same harm, while we fight the legal battle. There is lots of information on my page.

Thank you so very much and Happy Thanksgiving!!

In gratitude,


Fall Leaves
Paperless Post Yahoo Mail Stationery





23 September 2016

Hello all,…

Will you please consider helping Wendy…?

I have been acquainted with her and her challenges since 2010.

If you have any questions,…please consider contacting her for a better understanding of the dynamics of her challenges and any resources that she may have available to share.

Special Note:  For your convenience below,…clicking on Wendy’s “view gallery” words or the link-bar above her photo will redirect you to the main YouCaring web-site.


Click Here:    https://www.youcaring.coum/fundraiser-widget.aspx?frid=638057

Thank you for your consideration,





Help Wendy Beveridge sleep and heal from Lyme disease

For: Wendy Beveridge

San Diego, CA

Organizer: Wendy Beveridge

Today is World Mental Health Day


Hello everyone,…

I donated today.

Please consider making a donation.

This issue of mental health is important to everyone,… at any age,…

in any part of the world,… and regardless of ethnicity.

Mental health includes,… and is not limited to:

Happiness, Joy, Gratefulness, Depression, Bi-Polar,

Anxiety (PTSD, PTSD-Complex, General Social Anxiety),…etc.,.

Howard Lovely, Jr.


BC2M Revlon LOVE IS ON Challenge
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Dear Friend,

Today is World Mental Health Day – an incredibly important day

that has been recognized throughout the world since 1992.

For twenty-four years the World Health Organization has been

raising awareness about this global issue. In honor of this day and

to support the work that still needs to be done to eliminate stigma,

we have a special request for our BC2M Community.

Please consider making a special gift of $24 to our

Revlon LOVE IS ON Challenge.

With two weeks left to go in the Challenge, Bring Change 2 Mind

is currently in 6th place!

Help us move ahead, end stigma and qualify for the $1M prize.

We know that not everyone is in a position to make a financial

contribution, but if you are, please help today by making an

on-line donation here.

Together we can meet the Challenge! Together we can Save Lives.

Pamela Harrington
Executive Director





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Clay Hunt SAV Act (Suicide Prevention for American Veterans)


Clay Hunt SAV Act could be voted on next Monday. Please share!

Anthony Pike with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

31. Jan. 2015 — Your support for the Clay Hunt SAV Act is working. We’re now up to 48 sponsors in the Senate and the bill is likely to be voted on next Monday! With 22 vets dying by suicide every day we simply can’t sit in a holding pattern any longer. Please help us keep pressure on the Senate by sharing the petition today:

Tweet your support: http://bit.ly/1tGgBuJ
Share this post on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1AWY2ol

You’ve been with us since the start of this campaign. We appreciate all the calls, emails and support.

You can read more about the progress of the bill on our website: http://iava.org/press-release/clay-hunt-sav-act-gains-momentum/

Thank you,
Anthony Pike and IAVA

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Suicide Prevention for American Veterans


Senate VA Committee Approves Clay Hunt Act! Share Our Petition!

Anthony Pike with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

27. Jan. 2015 — Last week the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee unanimously approved the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act as its first legislative action of the 114th Congress. Now we’re headed to the full Senate and need your help.

Can you share the petition to your networks on Facebook and Twitter? We’ve made it easy — all you have to do is click the links below:

Share on Twitter: http://bit.ly/1JBA2sy
Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1CGlbZw

Over 30 Senators are now sponsoring the Clay Hunt SAV Act! So please continue sharing our petition so that more sign on and the Senate brings this important bill to a vote as soon as possible.

Thank you for your support!

Anthony Pike and IAVA

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“Faceless In The Crowd” by Marie LeBlanc


Overlooked in disbelief, financially insecure and emotionally overcome, people with invisible disabilities remain faceless in a crowd. Many suffer in silence for fear of discrimination. Falling through the cracks of society, they are virtually impossible to spot because they look “normal.” Like a cover on a book, they are judged from the outside, yet are screaming inside for help and understanding. Awareness of invisible disabilities must be spread in order to create a just society.
An invisible disability is a hidden illness that does not require the use of visible assistive devices. People with invisible disabilities are often accused of being paranoid or faking symptoms because they “look fine.” With emotional and physical pain they struggle to keep up with society and act “normal.” The disbelief they encounter is heightened by those who fake their illnesses, discrediting those whose disabilities are all too real.
Facing hopelessness, homelessness, unequal pay, unemployment, inaccessibility to treatment and a lack of understanding from government agencies and health-care and insurance providers, people with invisible disabilities are often left on their own to survive. With everything taken away, many commit suicide as they feel there is nowhere else to turn.
A report from the Canadian Human Rights Commission recognizes that three percent of Canadians have been diagnosed with some sort of environmental sensitivity – only one of many types of invisible disabilities – and acknowledges the importance of accommodating the needs of sufferers. But due to a lack of research in the area, many people are misdiagnosed or left untreated.
Given the chance, many people suffering from invisible disabilities would prefer to work and live in a society where they are acknowledged and accepted for who they are and for their qualifications, and not excluded from society due to lack of understanding. But businesses are apprehensive to hire people who disclose their invisible disabilities due to their fear of the unknown. It seems safer to hire people whose disabilities are visible and easily defined.
Each person with a disability finds his or her own niche carved out of their own experience. Many start their own business out of desperation caused from the exclusion of society. Their individual talents and abilities can make them as valuable as the able-bodied people in their same communities, and their insights into many of life’s challenges can come from a unique and helpful vantage point.
As a person living with invisible disabilities, the scrutiny, doubt and lack of understanding from those around me has been very challenging. Facing barriers at every turn, my personal experiences with dozens of medical procedures, fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivities, interstitial cystitis, scurvy, memory and concentration issues, insomnia and chronic fatigue syndrome have affected every area of my life. People are more than willing to dispute I have an invisible disability, as to them I look “normal.” Due to the invisible nature of my conditions, I have been overlooked by society. Misunderstood, I need special accommodations for my most basic needs while trying to survive. This leaves me searching for answers, desperate, isolated and determined to find a way to live a sustainable, healthier life.
Though it is difficult to deal with excruciating pain and odd hours of sleep, I have found outlets to cope with the barriers of life. If it were not for my disabilities I would not be on the path in life I am on now. I have discovered organizations that will allow me to volunteer at my own pace from home to help create awareness for people with invisible disabilities.
I have also been using visual art, poetry, performance art and photography as ways of being in the present moment. Without my disabilities I would not have discovered these hidden abilities. I use the camera to see where I have been and where I am going. It serves as my memory bank and helps me create a visual record of what I have done during a day. My disabilities prevent me from remembering things and my visual distortions are getting worse, so I use the eye of the camera to capture the shadows and reflections that define the physical world around me.
In this world where exclusion and isolation are the norms for people with all types of disabilities, I feel that inclusion, understanding and awareness of invisible disabilities would transform society. We all have our own abilities to offer the world. We all matter. There is only unity where neither illness nor status defines us.
Marie LeBlanc is an artist and disability activist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Without my disabilities I would not have discovered these hidden abilities.

Credit Notes:
This article was written by my friend Marie LeBlanc who lives in Winnipeg Canada.
“This article first appeared in Geez magazine, Spring 2014, see geezmagazine.org.”


Participants Needed for PTSD Clinical Trial At Stanford University / VA Medical Facility In Palo Alto, California



A service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health
Trial record 1 of 2 for:    TMS AND PTSD AND CALIFORNIA
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Brain Imaging of Psychotherapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

      This study is currently recruiting participants.
Verified January 2012 by Stanford University
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Department of Veterans Affairs
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Stanford University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: December 14, 2011
Last updated:  January 13, 2012
Last verified:  January 2012
History of Changes


The investigators are seeking people who have been exposed to a traumatic event in the past and have symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) currently. A person with PTSD may feel significant distress when reminded of a traumatic event or feel depressed, anxious or jumpy.

As a part of this study, participants will receive brain MRIs and office assessments before and after psychotherapy.  The investigators provide the gold-standard psychotherapy for PTSD, “Prolonged Exposure”, free of charge; additionally participants are compensated for their time during assessment procedures. This study is exploring the brain circuitry involved in improvement in response to psychotherapy.

Condition Intervention
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)                 Behavioral: Prolonged exposure                 Behavioral: Prolonged Exposure
Study Type:         Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment Masking: Open Label Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: The Neurobiology of Psychotherapy: Emotional Reactivity and Regulation in PTSD

Resource links provided by NLM:

MedlinePlus related topics:             Anxiety                 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

U.S. FDA Resources

Further study details as provided by Stanford University:

Primary Outcome Measures:

  • Clinician Administered PTSD scale (CAPS) [ Time Frame: Before and after Prolonged Exposure Treatment, which is expected to take approximately six weeks. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    The CAPS is a 30-item structured interview that corresponds to the DSM-IV criteria for PTSD.  In addition to assessing the 17 PTSD symptoms, questions target the impact of symptoms on social and occupational functioning, improvement in symptoms since a previous CAPS administration, overall response validity, overall PTSD severity, and frequency and intensity of five associated symptoms (guilt over acts, survivor guilt, gaps in awareness, depersonalization, and derealization). For each item, standardized questions and probes are provided.

Secondary Outcome Measures:

  • Mood and Anxiety Symptom Questionnaire (MASQ) [ Time Frame: Before and after Prolonged Exposure Treatment, which is expected to take approximately six weeks. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Treatment success based on Improvement on subscales of the MASQ, including decreased anxious arousal and decreased anhedonic depression, from pre- to post-treatment assessment
  • fMRI-assessed resting connectivity [ Time Frame: Before and after Prolonged Exposure Treatment, which is expected to take approximately six weeks. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    From pre- to post-treatment, improve will be based on enhanced functional connectivity
  • Implicit emotion regulation [ Time Frame: Assessed 4 times: Before beginning Prolonged Exposure, after the third week of therapy, after the last therapy session (on average 6 weeks after beginning therapy), and 1 month after the end of therapy. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Implicit emotion regulation assessed through emotion conflict task performed during functional imaging. Performance based on reaction time and recruitment of emotion regulation regions during the task.
Estimated  Enrollment: 64
Study Start Date: September 2010
Estimated  Study Completion Date: September 2015
Estimated  Primary Completion Date: September 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

             Arms                       Assigned Interventions          
          Experimental: Immediate Prolonged Exposure Treatment

Intake procedures include clinician-administered diagnostic battery, cognitive testing, self-report measures of symptoms, and functional imaging scan. Participants in this arm will complete a concurrent TMS/fMRI scan before beginning Prolonged Exposure (PE). PE will be delivered in 9-12 90-minute sessions. Therapy will be delivered by PhD-level therapists at Stanford and Palo Alto VA.
                      Behavioral: Prolonged exposure

PE will be delivered in 9-12 90-minute sessions. Therapy will be delivered by PhD-level therapists at Stanford and Palo Alto VA. PE consists of four components: psychoeducation about PTSD symptoms and the behavioral or cognitive factors maintaining it, a brief breathing retraining that can be used as a stress management tool, prolonged imaginal exposure to the trauma memory both within-session and repeated as homework, and prolonged in vivo exposure to avoided scenarios in patients’ day-to-day lives.
          No Intervention: Wait list, immediately followed by Prolonged Exposure

Intake procedures include clinician-administered diagnostic battery, cognitive testing, self-report measures of symptoms, and functional imaging scan. NOTE: Participants in this arm receive treatment following a waitlist period of 12 weeks.  After waitlist, will have a TMS/fMRI scan and then immediately begin Prolonged Exposure treatment. See above for description of Prolonged Exposure.
                      Behavioral: Prolonged Exposure

PE will be delivered in 9-12 90-minute sessions. Therapy will be delivered by PhD-level therapists at Stanford and Palo Alto VA. PE consists of four components: psychoeducation about PTSD symptoms and the behavioral or cognitive factors maintaining it, a brief breathing retraining that can be used as a stress management tool, prolonged imaginal exposure to the trauma memory both within-session and repeated as homework, and prolonged in vivo exposure to avoided scenarios in patients’ day-to-day lives.


Ages Eligible for Study: 18 Years to 60 Years
Genders Eligible for Study: Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers: No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. age between 18 and 60 years;
  2. fMRI scanning eligibility, including no evidence of any form of metal embedded in the body (e.g., metal wires, nuts, bolts, screws, plates, sutures), as these produce artifacts when brain imaging;
  3. not currently involved in an exposure-based psychotherapy, in order to be able to measure and interpret the effects of PE on PTSD;
  4. must comprehend English well and show non-impaired intellectual abilities to ensure adequate comprehension of the fMRI task instructions and PE treatment;
  5. no history of neurological or cardiovascular disorders, brain surgery, electroconvulsive or radiation treatment, brain hemorrhage or tumor, stroke, seizures or epilepsy, diabetes, hypo- or hyperthyroidism, head trauma with loss of consciousness greater than thirty minutes;
  6. no regular use of benzodiazepine, opiate, thyroid, anticonvulsant or antipsychotic medications. Patients on stable doses of antidepressant medications will be allowed. Patients for whom antidepressant dosing is being actively titrated will be required to be on a stable dose for 1 month prior to inclusion in the study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any contraindication to being scanned in the 3T or 1.5T scanners at the Lucas Center or CNI such as having a pacemaker or implanted device that has not been cleared for scanning at the Lucas Center or CNI.
  • Participants will be excluded from the study if there is any lifetime evidence of psychosis, mania, hypomania, or bipolar disorders. Other axis I comorbidities will not be a cause for exclusion.

In addition, subjects will be excluded if they have a significant CNS neurological condition such as stroke, seizure, tumor, hemorrhage, multiple sclerosis, etc.

Patients who have current substance dependence will be excluded from the study. A recent diagnosis of substance abuse is allowable, however, as long as subjects have been abstinent for greater than three months.

  • Subjects will be excluded if they are currently in an exposure-based psychotherapy for PTSD.

  Contacts and Locations

    Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01507948

Contact: Kathy Peng, B.A. 650-725-9510 psychiatry@stanford.edu
Contact: Madeleine Goodkind, PhD 650-493-5000 ext 60168 mgoodkin@stanford.edu


United States, California
VA Palo Alto Healthcare System Recruiting
Palo Alto, California, United States, 94304
Contact: Kathy Peng, B.A.     650-725-9510     psychiatry@stanford.edu
Contact: Madeleine Goodkind, Ph.D.     650-493-5000 ext 60168     mgoodkin@stanford.edu
Principal Investigator: Amit Etkin, M.D., Ph.D.
Stanford University, Department of Psychiatry Recruiting
Stanford, California, United States, 94304
Contact: Kathy Peng, B.A.     650-725-9510     psychiatry@stanford.edu
Contact: Madeleine Goodkind, Ph.D.     650-725-9510     mgoodkin@stanford.edu
Principal Investigator: Amit Etkin, M.D., Ph.D.

Sponsors and Collaborators
Stanford University

Principal Investigator: Amit Etkin, M.D., Ph.D. Stanford University
Study Director: Madeleine S Goodkind, Ph.D. Stanford University

  More Information

    Additional Information:

study webpage      This link exits the ClinicalTrials.gov site
study poster      This link exits the ClinicalTrials.gov site
study goals      This link exits the ClinicalTrials.gov site

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Stanford University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01507948             History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SU-10252011-8566
Study First Received: December 14, 2011
Last Updated: January 13, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board United States: Federal Government

       Keywords provided by Stanford University:

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)                     Psychotherapy                     non-medication treatment                     Prolonged Exposure Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)                     Anxiety Disorders                     emotion                     emotion regulation                     functional MRI                     Affective Symptoms

       Additional relevant MeSH terms:

                    Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic                     Stress Disorders, Traumatic                     Anxiety Disorders                     Mental Disorders

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on August 27, 2013

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Re-post of Unknown Author’s Letter to Mr. George Zimmerman in Bold Italic


As a Black Man I Have had to contend with all of what’s talked about in the article below in addition to healing from my PTSD. I’ve been stopped several times by police and once on a Washington state darkened Highway in 2001 for doing absolutely nothing but driving my truck home from the beach (Ocean Shores). At the time I was a crisis-line volunteer, licensed and employed aircraft mechanic, home-owner and had $300 of my own money in my pocket plus a credit card. I considered myself an upstanding citizen and yet,… out of the blue I was [pursued] and stopped by a legally gun carrying cop who exited the patrol vehicle with his [hand on] his gun. I yelled at the cop while having my hands on my steering wheel with interior car light on, “why are you stopping me?!”,… The officer’s answer was,… “someone called-in and said you were driving drunk”,… I yelled loudly once more with a clearly articulated voice while looking the officer straight in the eye,… “I have not had a drink since 1997…!”,…. the officer then said in a calm voice “I can tell you have not been drinking”. It was the only time in my life that I had ever yelled at a police officer and was prepared to kill him that night and I think he knew it because of my defiant nature as I turned and [stood my ground]. The officer did a very curious thing by backing up slowly, entered his patrol car, turned off the lights and drove away. All without ever asking for my vehicle registration or driver license which is required to be checked once an “official” stop has been made. The following week while on volunteer duty,… I mentioned to the crisis-line staff(all white) what had happened to me,… and they were shocked to say the least. I’m lucky to be alive today to share one of my personal stories with you and I encourage other Men of color,… but particularly Black Men,… to share your stories via some form of media(voice, written word, painting,… etc.). By sharing your stories,… it can be a way to honor yourselves and those individuals who have been harmed unjustly and “silenced” with death,… it is a way to make known,… the prevalence of such contradictory and destructive behavior that takes place within our society. Keep in mind that many of these transgressions take place and have taken place without any official record of their existence. Consider choosing to let your individual stories become an official record.

With a heavy heart,… I agree with what the author has written below and particularly the deeply profound final sentence. I feel a great uneasiness for Mr. Zimmerman because he has opened a Pandora’s-box for himself. I would not wish my personal and horrible experiences or anything similar,… on anyone,… including Mr. Zimmerman.

I’m 50 years old and another Black male who could have been Mr. Trayvon Martin…

Howard Lovely, Jr.


Dear George Zimmerman,

For the rest of your life you are now going to feel what its like to be a black man in America.

You will feel people stare at you. Judging you for what you think are  unfair reasons. You will lose out on getting jobs for something you feel is outside of your control. You will believe yourself to be an  upstanding citizen and wonder why people choose to not see that.

People will cross the street when they see you coming. They will call  you hurtful names. It will drive you so insane some days that you’ll  want to scream at the top of your lungs. But you will have to wake up  the next day, put on firm look and push through life.

I bet you never thought that by shooting a black male you’d end up inheriting all of his struggles.

Enjoy your “freedom.”


 A black male who could’ve been Trayvon Martin


Mental Health Conference hosted by, President Obama and Vice President Biden – June 3, 2013


Working together to erase the stigma and discrimination of mental illness.

Hi Howard,

On Monday, June 3rd, President Obama and Vice President Biden will host a White House Mental Health Conference as part of the Administration’s effort to launch a national conversation to increase understanding and awareness about mental health. President Obama will deliver opening remarks and Vice President Biden      will deliver closing remarks to conference participants.

While millions of Americans struggle with mental health problems, those who need help are too often afraid to seek it because of the shame and secrecy associated with mental illness. The conference will bring together people from across the country, including representatives from state and local governments, mental health advocates, educators, health care providers, faith leaders, and individuals who have struggled with mental health problems, to discuss how we can all work together to reduce stigma and help the millions of Americans struggling with mental health problems recognize the importance of reaching out for assistance.

Bring Change 2 Mind is answering the President’s call to launch a national conversation to increase the understanding and awareness about mental health by participating during the White House Mental Health Conference. We invite you to participate in the conversation by watching it live at www.whitehouse.gov/live from approximately 9:30am to 2:45pm EST on June 3.
In addition the Department of Health and Human Services will officially launch a  new website, www.MentalHealth.gov on June 3 to continue the conversation begun at the National Conference on Mental Health. The purpose of the website is to provide mental health information and resources for individuals living with mental health problems, friends and family members, educators, and other community members. Specifically, the website will feature information regarding the basic signs of mental health problems, how to talk about mental health and ways to find help.
Another important purpose of MentalHealth.gov is to keep the conversation about mental health going after June 3 by sharing information about what organizations and individuals across the country are doing to raise awareness about mental health in their communities. BC2M will be an active partner in the continuing conversation about mental health and in particular the stigma and discrimination of mental illness.
We are pleased to be participating in this very important conference and look forward to the dialogue that will begin in earnest as a result of so many dedicated people coming together to advance the conversation.
Glenn Close
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