Are you between 18-25 years old and depressed or anxious? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a research study to help better understand how the brain works in people who are depressed or anxious. Study includes psychiatric interviews, questionnaires, and fMRI scanning. Compensation is provided.
STUDY PURPOSESymptoms related to depression and anxiety can affect a person’s daily life and interpersonal relationships. Some research suggests that people with mood and anxiety disorders process information differently than people without these types of disorders. The purpose of this study is to better understand the way the brain works in people who have depression and anxiety. Researchers hope their findings will lead to better ways to diagnose and treat mood and anxiety disorders in the future.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
- Ages 18-25
- Currently experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety (feeling down or depressed, anxious, nervous, or tense, having no interest in things you used to enjoy, or feeling hopeless)
- Not currently in therapy or taking any psychiatric medications
- No major medical problems (e.g., stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, endocrine disorders, etc.)
- No history of neurological disorders (e.g., seizures, head injury, etc.)
- Normal vision, or vision that is corrected to normal with glasses or contacts
- Fluent in English
- Willing and able to undergo fMRI scanning (not claustrophobic, no non-removable metal in your body)
- Not pregnant
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECTParticipation involves an initial phone call and visit to find out if you are eligible. This visit will include completing questionnaires and interviews. If eligible, participants will complete daily online questionnaires for 7 days. During the second 3-5 hour visit, participants will have an MRI scan. MRI scans are not invasive and do not use radiation. The 3rd and 4th visits (at 6 and 12 months) will include questionnaires and interviews. These visits will take about 1.5 to 3 hours to complete.
IRB:PRO17120399A - Mechanisms of Negative Affectivity
DURATION: 1 year
VISITS: 4 visits
Loeffler Building and UPMC Presbyterian
Up to $340