"As the Director of an organization dedicated to veterans with PTSD, the wife of a combat Marine with PTSD and the mom of 3 children who are immersed in the PTSD dynamic; I see the inadequacies of conventional medicines used to treat PTSD. We are losing too many veterans to suicide and more needs to be done.
I reached out to Quantified Citizen in hopes of giving our veterans a chance to progress science that will help lead them to the most relevant treatment. My hope is their needs will be heard with the results from this study and we can continue to push harder for better therapies and save more lives."
- Brigette Parsons
Executive Director and Founder, Saving Grace K9s
Quantified Citizen, in collaboration with Brigette Parsons, Executive Director of Saving Grace K9s, have created this new global study in order to gain insight into therapies for combat veterans with PTSD.
The study focuses on observing mental health symptoms as well as experiences with various therapeutic approaches (both conventional and unconventional) with the main aim to help understand the effectiveness of various therapeutic modalities for this clinical population.
The study aims to map current mental health profiles among military veterans diagnosed with PTSD. The secondary objective is to identify associations between various treatment modalities (both conventional and unconventional) and mental health, as well as substance use patterns and mental health.
We are interested in exploring:
- What are the mental health symptoms related to PTSD that veterans suffer from? What is the severity of these symptoms?
- How are mental health profiles (symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety, and stress, affect, and well-being) affected by conventional and unconventional therapy experiences?
- How do motivations for using a substance (regardless of the substance) relate to mental health profiles?
This study is open to all combat veterans with PTSD regardless of nationality. The veteran must have experienced combat to participate and must have been diagnosed with PTSD.
Who is this study for?
Military veterans around the globe who have been in combat and who have been diagnosed or self-diagnosed with PTSD symptoms.
What will I be asked to do?
Upon agreeing to and submitting the informed consent you will be enrolled into the study. As a participant you will be asked to share information about your medical and substance use histories including past experiences and the line of military you served. Questions in regard to your mental health will also be asked as well as your experience with various therapies including rating their success in alleviating your symptoms. Lastly, you will be given the option to stay enrolled in the study to provide ongoing monthly updates related to your mental health and associated therapies, if you so choose.
Will I be able to connect to wearable data?
You will have the option to connect data from your wearable device: step count, heart rate variability, sleep, and active energy burned.
How much time will I need to commit to this study?
You will get the chance to choose one of two study versions. The shorter option includes retrospective surveys at a single assessment timepoint (about 20 minutes to complete). The longer version, starts with the short version and additionally asks for monthly updates (up to 3 months) on your symptoms and treatment progress (about 7 minutes per month).
How will I benefit?
Following your participation, you will receive a personalized report summarizing insights from your data (currently in development). With the data from this study, you will be actively helping shape the future of PTSD treatment options which may assist in improving these options for people like you to combat the severity of their PTSD symptoms.
All information obtained during the study will be entirely anonymous. All digital data collection will be self-administered. You will get a unique, randomly generated username and your identity will remain anonymous. Please write down this username and keep it in a secure location. You will need it to login into the app should you lose your phone as well as to access your individual data summary and aggregated data. If for any reason you no longer have access to your QC account, and you do not remember your username, QC will not be able to regenerate your account.
You will never be asked to provide your real name, address, or date of birth. Averaged group data may be published or publicly presented, but it will not be possible to identify individual participants from this data. The Quantified Citizen app will not have access to any of your personal identifying information. Quantified Citizen will only access IP addresses from server logs for security and quality control and will delete them every 48 hours to limit indirect identifiers. Only authorized QC staff can access server logs based on their role and a need-to-know basis in order to fulfill their duties. IP addresses are not included in the data that will be analyzed in this study.
All of the data you enter into the Quantified Citizen app will be encrypted and stored in perpetuity on servers located in Canada. Anonymous data will be accessible to all researchers involved with this study. The data may be accessible to other researchers in the future. Any data you have previously entered into the app regarding the microdosing study will be used in addition to any data you enter in the future.
Data will be kept for 5 years following publication of the research at which point the data on the external hard drive and university’s server will be wiped clean.
To browse through more FAQs about the app, please visit our Help Center.
How Do I Register?
Download > Start > Complete Walkthrough > Sign Up
Step 1. First Download the Quantified Citizen App here
Step 2. Complete the following walkthrough and select "Sign Up" to create an account:
Note: To skip the walkthrough select "Already have an account? Sign in" at the bottom.
Step 3. For your privacy we identify your account with 12 random words. Take note of these words and store them in a safe place. Treat these like you would treat a password.
Note: You do have access to these words inside the app using the dropdown hamburger menu in the top left and selecting "My Account".
Step 5. Select the "SIGN UP" button to continue.
Step 6. Enter a 4 digit password and then re-enter again to confirm. This can be used to sign in. You can also opt for Apple's Face ID after entering the 4 digit password.
Step 7. You should have a Completed screen as shown below.
Step 8. Press "Next" to enter your dashboard.
What happens to my data?
All of your data is completely anonymous. When you use the Quantified Citizen app you are the owner of your own personal information.
Rest assured all of your data is completely anonymous. When you use the Quantified Citizen app you are the owner of your own personal information. By using our services we do not have ownership, right, title, or interest in your personal information.
Do I receive my personal data during or after a study?
Not yet, but could be coming soon!
Currently, no personal data is shared during or after a study. This has been a popular request from the Quantified Citizen community and we are making strides to make this possible!
Programs and services for mental health, well-being and financial support.
A portal to access and manage veteran support and benefits.
✅ Wellness Together Canada: Call 1-866-585-0445
This is a free, confidential, 24/7 hotline providing free mental health and substance use support. Their platform offers various services ranging from basic wellness information, to one-on-one sessions with a counselor, to participating in a community of support. Whatever it is you’re looking for, visit https://wellnesstogether.ca.
These are 24-hour, free, support lines (via text medium) for people experiencing all kinds of crises, including suicidal thoughts.
✅ National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (USA): Call 800-273-TALK (8255)
This is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. For Spanish (Español), dial 1-888-628-9454. You can also use the Lifeline Chat on the web https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat.
✅ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline (USA): Call 800-662-HELP (4357)
This is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental health and/or substance use challenges.
✅ Fireside Project (USA): Call or text (3pm to 3am PST) 62-FIRESIDE > 623-473-7433
This is a peer support for those in the midst of psychedelic experiences, those sitting for others, and those integrating past psychedelic experiences. You can also access support via an app: https://firesideproject.org/app.
✅ Psychedelic Support Therapy
This an online directory of experienced providers, information about integration groups/circles, and online education in the psychedelic space, for more information, visit https://psychedelic.support.
✅ Organization of Psychedelic and Entheogenic Nurses
This organization represents nurses, at all levels of training, who work with patients utilizing therapeutic psychedelic medicines. They offer a list of clinical resources for those seeking integration and harm reduction, as well as psychedelic societies/communities, and professional organizations. If you want to learn more, visit https://openurses.org/clinical-resources.