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Children: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Join a Research Study: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD and Brain Development

Does your child have ADHD symptoms? Does your child get easily distracted, have trouble sitting still, talk excessively, have difficulty focusing, or interrupt often?

This research study seeks to understand brain development during childhood and brain changes over time.

We are now recruiting children ages 4-14 with ADHD symptoms or an ADHD diagnosis. Your child may be eligible to participate in 1-2 outpatient visits to the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Participation includes an interview with parents and child, psychological testing, non-invasive brain scans, and genetic testing (from a saliva or blood sample.).

There is no cost to participate. Compensation is provided. Parental permission is required.
 

To find out if you qualify, email NIMH or call 1-301-496-0851 [TTY: 1-866-411-1010].

Join a Research Study: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Brain Imaging and Behavior of Children with ADHD

The National Institute of Mental Health seeks children and adolescent participants ages 10 to 18, to enroll in this ADHD research study. Researchers are examining how emotions, social situations and problem-solving situations are processed in the brains of children with ADHD.

Eligible participants will be medically healthy, with an ADHD diagnosis, or have ADHD symptoms including inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Participation may include behavioral observation, brain imaging, and psychological interviews which include 1 to 3 outpatient visits, of 2-3 hours each, at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. 

No treatment is offered. Parental permission is required. There is no cost to participate. Financial compensation and transportation assistance will be provided.

To find out if you qualify, email NIMH or call 1-301-594-8705 [TTY: 1-866-411-1010].

Join a Research Study: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Brain Imaging of Childhood Onset Psychiatric Disorders, Endocrine Disorders and Healthy Controls

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) combines a powerful magnet, radio waves, and sophisticated computer technology to provide exquisitely accurate information about the anatomy and physiology of the living, growing human brain - and it does so without the use of harmful radiation. This allows not only for the scanning of children and teens but of repeated scans over the course of development and has launched a new era of adolescent neuroscience. In this study, researchers will use MRIs to assess brain anatomy and function in healthy volunteers and patients with a variety of childhood onset psychiatric disorders. Identical or non-identical twins are of particular interest for the study. Also, because of questions about differences between boy and girl brains people that have atypical hormone levels, such as in congenital adrenal hyperplasia or precocious puberty, or atypical sex chromosome numbers, such as XXY, XXX, XYY, or XXXXY will be included as well. In addition to the brain images, information will be collected about behavior, emotions, and cognition and combined with genetic testing to explore the relationships between genes, brain, and behavior.

To find out if you qualify, email NIMH or call 1-301-496-7962 [TTY: 1-866-411-1010].

Join a Research Study: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Comparing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to Bipolar Disorder in Children: Investigations of Brain Function and Irritability

This research study seeks to learn about how attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and bipolar disorder (BD) are different in children and adolescents. Researchers will describe the moods and behaviors of children and investigate brain function and irritability. Children with ADHD are being invited to participate as a comparison group as part of a larger research protocol on children with bipolar disorder.

Currently recruiting ages 9-17, with an ADHD diagnosis to participate in 2 outpatient day visits. Children must be medically healthy, and free of bipolar disorder or any mood or other psychiatric disorder that requires treatment. Preference may be given to children who are able to be off stimulant medication for up to 3 days. Children with ADHD will not receive treatment in this study.

Participation includes interviews, research testing, and brain imaging scans.

The studies enroll local participants and are conducted at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. All clinical evaluations, research procedures and visits are free of cost. Travel expenses are paid by NIMH. Both parent and child must agree to the child's participation in research. Children and parents are compensated for participation. 

To find out if you qualify, email NIMH or call 1-301-496-8381 [TTY: 1-866-411-1010].