PTSD therapy at USF gets boost from unlikely source

Howard Altman | The Tampa Tribune

Back in the late 1990s, country music comedian and radio personality Cledus T. Judd was returning to Orlando from a tour with Kenny Chesney when his flight hit such extreme turbulence that he was thrown out of his seat and he broke his nose, leaving him a bloody mess.

Judd, a morning personality on Tampa’s WQYK (99.5 FM), thought the plane was going to crash. He was so traumatized he has flown only once in all the years since….

…But a chance meeting with a stranger on a golf course a few weeks ago seems to have led to a cure for Judd’s fear of flying. And that may be an unlikely boost for a promising new therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder being studied by the University of South Florida.