Working to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families
This research study seeks to understand the causes of depression in teenagers. It is part of a larger study looking at irritability and mood dysregulation. This part of the study’s goals are to improve our knowledge of which treatments work best in depression, and will compare teenagers with depression to those with severe irritability. The research will also study teenagers with depression as they grow up.
All evaluations, clinical assessments, research tasks, brain imaging, and inpatient (day or full hospitalization) and outpatient visits are free of cost. Both parents and teen must agree to the teen’s participation. Teen may or may not be on treatment medications.
Teens are compensated for participation. Schooling is provided during inpatient care. The studies are at the NIH in Bethesda, MD and enroll participants from the local area and from across the United States. Travel and lodging expenses are paid by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Participants sought are:
• ages 12 to 17, and medically healthy
• meet the criteria for major depressive disorder
• are currently in treatment with a physician and not currently hospitalized, psychotic, or suicidal
• are able to perform research tasks that include brain imaging, computer tasks and behavioral & psychological testing.
For further information contact: Argyris Stringaris, M.D. or Kenneth Towbin, M.D. at 301-496-8381.