Help Improve Treatments For Depression

Research Centre: Yale University & National Center for PTSD
Location: The VA Hospital at 950 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, CT & 300 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT
Lead Doctor: Dr. Lynnette Averill
Ethics Committee: This study has been reviewed and approved by the Yale Human Investigation Committee

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Background

It is believed that most people with depression may have an imbalance of serotonin in their brain. As a result, existing antidepressants available today are focused on increasing serotonin levels to relieve depression symptoms. Unfortunately, these treatments are not always effective for everyone.

This research study is investigating whether a different ‘type’ of depression exists. This different ‘type’ of depression is defined as having symptoms caused by an imbalance of chemicals other than serotonin. If another type of depression exists, specific treatments can be developed to address these imbalances and help people who do not benefit from existing antidepressants.

This study seeks people who are currently suffering from depression. Participants are required to attend 3 study visits at the research site over 3 months and will be compensated up to $600 for participating in this study. Depending on individual needs, participants may be reimbursed for mileage, cab/train/airfare up front, and/or be provided a hotel stay to be able to attend study visits.

Why Participate? 

  • You will be helping to advance medical research aimed at improving treatments for depression.
  • You will receive a thorough medical and psychiatric evaluation at no cost to you.
  • You will be compensated up to $600 for participating in this study.
  • You will receive lunch at the study visits.
  • Depending on individual needs, participants may be reimbursed for mileage, be provided with cab/train/airfare up front, and/or be provided a hotel stay to be able to attend study visits.

Your Rights

  • If you decide to participate in the study and later feel that you no longer wish to be part of it, you may withdraw at any time.
  • Your records relating to this study and any other information received will be kept strictly confidential, except as required by law.
  • Qualified health professionals will monitor your health as it relates to the study.

Who Can Participate?

  • Men and women aged 18 – 65 years old.
  • Currently experiencing symptoms of depression (for example low mood, trouble concentrating and sleeping, lack of energy).
  • Have not been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
  • Willing to undergo 2 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans.
  • Able to attend 3 study visits at the research site over 3 months.

What Next?

  1. Click the link below to enter your contact details and answer some eligibility questions.
  2. The research centre will then contact you by phone to discuss the trial and answer your questions.
Click Here to Enter Your Contact Details and Be Contacted by Phone About the Trial