Are you age 55 or older and currently depressed? If so, you may be able to participate in a research study to help understand why some people become depressed and have thoughts of hurting themselves, but others do not. At this time, all study visits will take place by phone or online. Compensation provided.
Depression is a common mental health condition in older adults. Symptoms of depression can include feeling sad or hopeless, feeling tired or not having energy, losing interest in hobbies or activities, and changes in appetite, concentration, or sleep. Some people with depression may also think about death or suicide.
The purpose of this study is to help better understand why some people who are depressed have thoughts of suicide, but others do not. Researchers hope their findings will lead to better ways to help older adults with depression in the future.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
- Ages 55 and up
- Currently depressed (symptoms may include feeling sad or hopeless, feeling tired or not having energy, losing interest in hobbies and activities, and changes in appetite, concentration, and sleep)
- Never diagnosed with bipolar disorder or a psychotic disorder
- Never diagnosed with a neurological disorder
- Never had a stroke
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
This study is currently doing all research activities online and by phone. Participation involves answering questions about your physical health, mental health, and medications. In the future, visits may include fMRI scanning and in-person computer tasks and cognitive testing. FMRI scans are not invasive and do not use radiation.
IRB:STUDY19060351A - Decision Processes of Late-Life Suicide
MEET THE RESEARCHER
Katalin Szanto, MD, is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. A graduate of Semmelweis Medical School, Dr. Szanto’s research interests include cognition, decision processes, and suicide.