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Nagy Youssef, MD, PhD - Augusta University. Augusta, GA, US

Nagy Youssef, MD, PhD Nagy Youssef, MD, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry | Augusta University


Dr. Nagy Youssef is a leading expert in PTSD and suicide prevention and treats civilians, active duty military and veterans.







Dr. Nagy Youssef on the AACP meeting Nagy Youssef, MD, on indications for electroconvulsive therapy




Professor Youssef is a leading expert in PTSD, mood disorders, suicide prevention and brain stimulation interventions. He treats civilians, active duty military and veterans. His research focuses on mechanistic and therapeutic innovation for treatment-resistant psychiatric disorders specially using neuromodulation interventions and genomics . Dr. Youssef also focuses his research on the psychological, and biological factors responsible for resilience in order to prevent or treat severe psychiatric disorders.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Genomics and epigentics

Brain Stimulation

Treatment-Resistant Mood Disorders

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Suicide Prevention


Media Appearances (3)

God's Forgiveness Seen as Possible Key to Healing Vets with PTSD

CBN News  online


Spiritual therapy is now being considered as treatment for veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Doctors in Georgia are researching to see whether religious therapy can help America's wounded warriors.

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Spiritual therapy eyed as possible treatment for PTSD

Crux Catholic Media  online


Doctors in Augusta are exploring the idea of using spiritual therapy to treat veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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Research survey at VA to test if spiritual therapy might be helpful in treating PTSD

The Augusta Chronicle  online


Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder are often treated with medication and psychotherapy. But a research survey at Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center is hoping to find out if spiritual therapy might be of interest as well.

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Articles (4)

Ketamine as a Potential Treatment for Suicidal Ideation: A Systematic Review of the Literature

Drugs in R&D

2015 To review the published literature on the efficacy of ketamine for the treatment of suicidal ideation (SI).

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Amino Acids as Biomarker Candidates for Suicidality in Male OEF/OIF Veterans: Relevance to NMDA Receptor Modulation and Nitric Oxide Signaling

Military Medicine

2014 Veteran populations are exposed to multiple stressful events, and suicidality among veterans is a serious problem. Identifying biomarkers of suicidality may enhance detection, prevention, and treatment. Multiple neurotransmitter systems are implicated in the neurobiology of suicidality, including amino acid neurotransmitter systems.

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Altered Resting-State Functional Connectivity of Basolateral and Centromedial Amygdala Complexes in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder


2013 The amygdala is a major structure that orchestrates defensive reactions to environmental threats and is implicated in hypervigilance and symptoms of heightened arousal in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The basolateral and centromedial amygdala (CMA) complexes are functionally heterogeneous, with distinct roles in learning and expressing fear behaviors.

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