Effects of Worry on the Brain


STUDY BASICS

Are you age 50 or older? Do you often worry, or feel increasingly stressed, anxious, or depressed? If so, you may be able to participate in a research study to help explore changes in the brain that occur when people worry about everyday things. Compensation and parking provided.


STUDY PURPOSE

Uncontrollable and intense worrying is common in older adults. Unfortunately, this type of severe worrying can lead to an increased risk of physical and mental disorders. The purpose of this study is to help researchers explore what happens in the brain when older adults have worrisome thoughts. Researchers hope their findings can be used in the future to find new ways to help older adults who experience severe worrying.


COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?

• Age 50 and up
• Experiencing increased stress or worry
• Willing and able to have an MRI scan


WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT

Participation includes 2-3 visits and involves the following procedures: 1) a comprehensive clinical evaluation that will take 2- 4 hours at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC); 2) a cognitive performance assessment that will take up to 1.5 hours at WPIC, and; 3) a functional magnetic resonance imaging scan (fMRI) that will take place at the Magnetic Resonance Research Center (MRRC) at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.

Participants will receive $10 at the first visit, and $100 after completing the fMRI visit. Free parking provided at all study visits.


IRB:
  PRO15080120A - Functional Neuroanatomy Correlates of Worry in Older Adults

Age Range
AGE:   50 - 120

Duration VISITS:  2-3 visits

Location LOCATION: 
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) & UPMC Presbyterian

Compensation COMPENSATION: 
Up to $110 + free parking
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MEET THE RESEARCHER


Carmen Andreescu

Carmen Andreescu, MD, is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. A graduate of Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Dr. Andreescu’s research interests include exploring the neural basis of worry, emotion regulation, and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).





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