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Featured Studies

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Title: Safety and Feasibility of Individualized Low Amplitude Seizure Therapy (iLAST)

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: November 20, 2019
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Eligibility: Ages 22–70, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Background:

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is used to treat people with severe depression. During ECT, the brain is given electric pulses that cause a seizure. Although it is effective, it can cause side effects, including memory loss. Researchers want to study a new way to give ECT called iLAST.

Objective:

To see if iLAST is safe and feasible in treating depression.

Eligibility:

People ages 22 70 years old who have major depressive disorder and are eligible for ECT

Design:

Participants will be screened under protocol 01-M-0254. This includes:

Medical and psychiatric history and exam

Blood and urine tests

Participants will be inpatients at the Clinical Center. They study has 3 phases and will last up to 20 weeks.

Phase I will last 1 week. It includes:

MRI: Participants will lie in a scanner that takes pictures of the body

MEG: A cone over the participant s head will record brain activity.

TMS: A wire coil placed on the participant s scalp will produce an electrical current to affect brain activity.

SEP: An electrode on the participant s wrist will give a small electrical shock to test nerve function.

Phase II will last 2 and a half weeks. It includes:

Seven sessions of iLAST under general anesthesia. Participants may also get standard ECT.

EEG: A small electrode placed on the participant s scalp will record brain waves.

Interviews about mood, symptoms, and side effects. Participants facial expressions may be video recorded.

TMS

Phase III will last at least 1 week. It will include:

MRI

EEG

TMS

MEG

Standard ECT if needed. Participants will have sessions every other day, 3 times a week.

Sponsoring Institution: National Institute of Mental Health

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Mechanism of Action Underlying Ketamine s Antidepressant Effects: The AMPA Throughput Theory in Patients With Treatment-Resistant Major Depression

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: November 20, 2019
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Eligibility: Ages 18–70, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

Background:

Most drugs that treat mood disorders take a long time to work. Ketamine works within hours. A dose can last for a week or more. Certain receptors in the brain might help ketamine work. A drug that blocks these receptors might affect how it works.

Objective:

To see if the antidepressant response of ketamine is linked to AMPA receptors.

Eligibility:

Adults ages 18-70 with major depression disorder without psychotic features

Design:

Participants will be screened under protocol 01-M-0254. They will have blood tests and a physical exam.

Participants will stay at the NIH Clinical Center for 5 weeks.

Phase 1 lasts 4 weeks. For 2 weeks, participants will taper off their psychiatric medicine. Then they will have tests:

Blood draws

Psychological tests

MRI: Participants will like in a machine that takes pictures of their brain.

MEG: Participants will lie down and do tasks. A cone lowered on their head will record brain activity.

Optional sleep tests: Electrodes on the scalp and body and belts around the body will monitor participants while they sleep.

Optional TMS: Participants will do tasks while a wire coil is held on their scalp. An electrical current will pass through the coil that affects brain activity.

For phase 2, on day 1 participants will take the study drug or a placebo orally. While having a MEG, they will get ketamine infused into a vein in one arm while blood is drawn from a vein in the other arm. On day 2, they will get more ketamine. On days 3 7, they will repeat many phase 1 tests.

Adolescent Attention to Emotion Study

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: October 31, 2019
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Eligibility: Females, Ages 13–15, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Rates of depression increase rapidly during adolescence, especially for girls, and, thus, research is needed to spur the development of novel interventions to prevent adolescent depression. This project seeks to determine if a novel visuocortical probe of affect-biased attention (i.e., steady-state visual evoked potentials derived from EEG) can 1) be used to prospectively predict depression using a multi-wave repeated measures design and 2) modify affect-biased attention and buffer subsequent mood reactivity using real time neurofeedback. This work could ultimately lead to improved identification of adolescents who are at high risk for depression and directly inform the development of mechanistic treatment targets to be used in personalized intervention prescriptions for high-risk youth.

A Pilot Trial of Perinatal Depression Treatment in HIV Infected Women

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: October 30, 2019
Location: Lusaka, Zambia
Eligibility: Females, Ages 18 and Older, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

This pilot study will evaluate, through quantitative and qualitative methods, whether different treatments for postpartum depression are feasible and acceptable in postpartum HIV infected women on antiretrovirals (ART). The study will take place at several clinics in Lusaka, Zambia.

A Longitudinal Study of Inflammatory Pathways in Depression

Study Type: Observational
Start Date: October 1, 2019
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Eligibility: Ages 18 and Older, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

Suicide accounts for at least 1 million deaths globally each year. This is likely a significant underestimate, because suicide is under-reported in many countries. In the US, over 42,000 people die from suicide annually. Despite increased focus on identification and treatment, the rate of suicide has increased steadily over the past 15 years.

Our project aims both to improve our understanding of factors that increase the risk for suicide by comparing blood biomarkers associated with inflammation in patients with depression without suicidal behavior and patients with depression and suicidal behavior. The 160 individuals in this study will be followed with psychiatric assessments and blood samples at repeated time points over one year.

Low Intensity Family Support for Refugees in an LMIC

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: August 16, 2019
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Eligibility: Ages 12–55, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

The rapidly growing scale of humanitarian crises requires new response capabilities geared towards addressing populations with prolonged high vulnerability to mental health consequences and little to no access to mental health, health, and social resources. This R21 develops and pilot tests a novel model for helping urban refugee families in LMICs with little to no access to evidence-based mental health services, by delivering a transdiagnostic family intervention for common mental disorders in health sector and non-health sector settings. The project is located in Istanbul, Turkey. Aim 1 forms a Family Support Design Team (FSDT) to adopt the PM+ and CAFES manuals into a family support (FS) intervention for use with refugee families by lay providers in community sites and nurses in clinical sites using a four-session multiple family group format. Aim 2 pilots FS with families in community and clinical sites, and then through observations and qualitative interviews, assesses FS's feasibility, fidelity, the impact of context and local capacity, the experiences of intervention delivery, and practitioner and organizational perspectives on scale up. Aim 3 conducts pre, immediate post, and 3-month post assessments of the refugee families who received FS through all the sites, to demonstrate the kind of pre-post changes that have been reported for comparable interventions and to determine key parameters of interest with sufficient accuracy and precision. This exploratory investigation, conducted with the support and advice of the World Health Organization, will strengthen the research capabilities of the academic and community partners in Istanbul and will develop new evidence-based mental health services for refugees in Turkey and other LMICs, as well as for refugees and migrants in low resource communities in the United States.

Screening Wizard, Component 1 of iCHART (Integrated Care to Help At-Risk Teens)-Feasibility/Pilot Phase

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: August 13, 2019
Locations: Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Eligibility: Ages 12–17, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

Screening Wizard (SW). Primary Care Providers (PCPs) are often uncertain about how to best refer adolescents who screen positive for depression or suicidality. Screen-positive youth who are either not in treatment, or express dissatisfaction with current treatment will be consented by an on-site research assistant (RA). Those parents and patients receiving SW will answer additional questions: adaptive screens developed in a previous NIMH study (MH100155) for suicidal risk, anxiety, and mania; perceived barriers; and preferences about treatment. SW generates recommendations for PCPs reflecting patient clinical needs and preferences.

BRITEPath, Component 3 of iCHART (Integrated Care to Help At-Risk Teens)

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: August 6, 2019
Locations: Moon, Pennsylvania; Wexford, Pennsylvania
Eligibility: Ages 12–17, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

BRITEPath (BP) aims to support co-located mental health clinicians in the development of a high quality, effective, and personalized safety plan for referred patients who screen positive for depression and/or suicidal ideation.

BRITEPath utilizes BRITE, a safety planning and emotion regulation app that is loaded on the patient's smart phone and has previously been shown to be well accepted and to reduce suicide attempts compared to usual care in psychiatric inpatients (HR = 0.49). To support mental health clinicians in the development of effective safety plans, study investigators will develop Guide2Brite (G2B), which provides step-by-step instructions for the mental health clinician on how to populate BRITE onto the patient's smartphone and BRITEBoard, a clinician dashboard that tracks patient symptoms, app use, and rating on helpfulness of different interventions assessed through BRITE.

Development of a Novel Transdiagnostic Intervention for Anhedonia - R33 Phase

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: August 1, 2019
Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Eligibility: Ages 18–50, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

The overall goal of this project is to develop a novel transdiagnostic treatment for anhedonia, called Behavioral Activation Treatment for Anhedonia (BATA), using ultra-high field functional neuroimaging. There is a critical need for a validated treatment that specifically targets anhedonia, and this project will evaluate the effects of this new treatment on anhedonia and will establish how this treatment impacts brain systems that mediate reward processing, clinical symptoms of anhedonia, functional outcomes, and behavioral indices of reward processing. This work will also identify brain targets by which future novel anhedonia treatment may be evaluated.

Task Shifting to Treat Depression and HIV Medication Nonadherence in Low Resource Settings

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: July 12, 2019
Location: Marondera, Mashonaland East, Zimbabwe
Eligibility: Ages 18 and Older, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

A hybrid effectiveness-efficacy trial to evaluate a stepped care task shifted intervention to treat depression and HIV medication nonadherence in low resource settings in rural Zimbabwe.

Text2Connect, Component 2 of iCHART (Integrated Care to Help At-Risk Teens)

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: May 28, 2019
Locations: Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Eligibility: Ages 12–17, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

This study proposes to develop and examine a personalized, text-based intervention designed to improve engagement with mental health (MH) treatment.

Effects of an ER Beta Agonist (Lilly Compound LY500307) on Estradiol-Withdrawal-Induced Mood Symptoms in Women With Past Perimenopausal Depression

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: May 23, 2019
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Eligibility: Females, Ages 45–65, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

Background:

Some women who had depression in the perimenopause may have mood symptoms again if they stop estrogen therapy. Estrogen acts in the brain and other tissues by binding to at least three types of estrogen receptors. One of these receptors, estrogen receptor beta may affect anxiety and depression. The drug LY500307 acts only on this receptor. In this study, researchers will initially give you estrogen and then suddenly stop estrogen after three weeks. Then they will study how LY500307 affects mood symptoms.

Objectives:

To study how withdrawing estradiol affects mood. To test the safety and side effects of LY500307.

Eligibility:

Healthy women ages 45-65 who had depression related to perimenopause in recent years and whose mood systems got better with estradiol

Design:

-Participants will be screened with:

Medical history

Physical exam

Blood tests

Psychiatric interview

Gynecological exam

- Participants able to get pregnant must use effective barrier birth control throughout the study.

- During the first 3 weeks, participants will wear an estrogen patch. It is 1x2 inches and will be replaced every 3 days.

- For the next 3 weeks, participants will take 3 study capsules every morning. They will not know if they get the study drug or placebo.

- Some participants will also take a progesterone-like drug for 1 week at the end of the medication phase of the study.

- Participants will have 9 one-hour study visits. They will have blood samples and vital signs taken. They will answer questions about mood and behavior symptoms.

- Participants will keep a daily log of these symptoms.

- Participants will have 2 transvaginal ultrasounds. A probe is temporarily placed 2-3 inches into the vaginal canal and sound waves are used to create pictures of the lining of the uturus.

- Participants will have a final visit 4 weeks after stopping the study drug. They will answer questions about mood and side effects.

The Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partnership for Mental Health Capacity Building

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: May 9, 2019
Locations: Chilumba, Karonga, Malawi; Karonga, Malawi; Kasungu, Malawi; Lilongwe, Malawi; Machinga, Malawi; Mchinji, Malawi; Mulanje, Malawi; Phalombe, Malawi; Zomba, Malawi
Eligibility: Ages 18–65, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

The investigators will conduct an implementation science research study that will compare two different implementation strategies to facilitate ongoing Ministry of Health efforts to scale up depression treatment within non-communicable diseases clinics, as well as assessing clinic-related factors that will influence uptake.

Mechanisms of Rumination Change in Adolescent Depression

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: May 1, 2019
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Eligibility: Ages 14–17, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

This study will evaluate whether a newer treatment, rumination-focused cognitive behavioral treatment, which includes mindfulness and can be used to reduce ruminative habits, change ways in which key brain regions interact with each other (e.g.., often called connectivity), and whether these changes in habits and brain connectivity can reduce the risk for recurrence of depression in the next two years.

Translational Model of Anhedonia

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: April 1, 2019
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Eligibility: Ages N/A and Older, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

The proposed research addresses a major mental health issue (anhedonia) with a novel computationally-inspired translational technique in both humans and mice. This approach greatly increases the likelihood that a positive animal model result will be successfully translated to humans. This research plan thus offers a novel way to address the NIMH's mission of defining mechanisms of complex behaviors.

Reward Function and Therapy for Late-Life Depression

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: March 14, 2019
Location: White Plains, New York
Eligibility: Ages 60 and Older, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

The goal of this study is to learn about changes in the brain that occur during Engage, a psychotherapy for depression in older adults, and how they may differ from changes that occur during supportive therapy. Older adults with depression will receive 9 weeks of either Engage or supportive therapy and will complete research assessments before the therapy begins and at weeks 3, 6, and 9 of treatment. Research assessments will include questionnaires, computer tasks, and recordings of electrical brain activity (also called electroencephalography or EEG).

Title: Evaluation of a Novel PET Radioligand for Phosphodiesterase-4D (PDE4D)

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: March 12, 2019
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Eligibility: Ages 18–55, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Background:

The brain enzyme phosphodiesterase-4D (PDE4D) may affect thinking and depression. Drugs with some radioactivity can attach to enzymes and be seen on a scan. Researchers want to test a new radioactive drug, 11C-T-1650, to measure PDE4D in the brain and body. They also want to see if the new drug BPN14770 blocks 11C-T-1650 from the brain. They want to learn more about psychiatric disorders and possible treatments.

Objectives:

To study how well 11C-T-1650 helps show PDE4D on a scan and to see if BPN14770 blocks it.

Eligibility:

Healthy adults at least 18 years old

Design:

Participants will be screened in other protocols.

Some participants will have 1 body PET scan.

Some participants will have 2 brain PET scans and 1 brain MRI within 1 year.

Some participants (ages 18 55) will:

Have 3 brain PET scans and 1 MRI

Take BPN14770 by mouth twice daily for 3 7 days

Have blood and urine tests

Have a follow-up physical exam and heart test

PET (positron emission tomography) scans will take 2 3 hours. Participants will:

Have a thin plastic tube (catheter) placed in an arm vein by needle.

Get a small amount of 11C-T-1650 injected via catheter. Another catheter may be placed to draw blood.

Lie quietly on a bed that slides into a donut-shaped scanner without sleeping. They may get a short break.

Have heart and vital signs monitored.

Have blood and urine tests.

Learn about drinking fluids and urinating after the scan

MRI (magnetic resonance imagining) scans will take 30 60 minutes:

Participants will lie on a table that slides into a metal cylinder in a magnetic field.

Sponsoring Institute: National Institute of Mental Health

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Depression Intervention Among Gay and Bisexual Men Receiving Treatment for Methamphetamine Use

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: February 25, 2019
Location: Los Angeles, California
Eligibility: Males, Ages N/A and Older, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

This study is a single-arm, non-randomized pilot study. Eligible participants are newly enrolled participants in an outpatient methamphetamine treatment program, and study activities will take place contemporaneously with participation in the service program. During the first two weeks of the treatment program, participants will be offered the chance to enroll in a low-intensity, internet-based depression intervention called MoodGym. Participants that agree to enroll will be offered the chance to attend up to seven MoodGym sessions at the same time they undergo outpatient methamphetamine treatment. It is hypothesized that sexual risk outcomes, as well as medication adherence (e.g., PrEP/PEP; ART) outcomes will be optimized for participants who enroll to receive the MoodGym intervention content.

CBT Enhanced With Social Cognitive Training

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: February 11, 2019
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Eligibility: Ages 12–17, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

Depression in youth is a serious public health concern for which more personalized treatments are needed. This study will test the effect of an intervention aimed at enhancing depressed children's social cognitive capacities (e.g., ability to take another's perspective), thereby making treatment of depression in youth more efficient and effective. Participants in both the R61 (N=42) and R33 (N=82) will be youth between 12 and 17 years old currently experiencing a depressive disorder. Youth will be randomized to either an enhanced CBT intervention that teaches social cognitive skills, particularly social perspective taking and theory of mind as compared to CBT only. The primary target is improvement in the social cognitive skills at post treatment in the first trial (R61) and improvements in both social cognitive skills and depressive symptoms at post-treatment and at a 4-month follow-up (R33).

The Police-Mental Health Linkage System

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: February 6, 2019
Locations: Decatur, Georgia; Savannah, Georgia
Eligibility: Ages 18–65, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

The aim of this randomized, controlled trial is to study the effectiveness of a potential new form of pre-arrest jail diversion for people with serious mental illnesses: the Police-Mental Health Linkage System. In the case of an encounter with a police officer, for half of the participants, during the background check, a message will notify the officer that the subject has mental health considerations. The notice contains a phone number of a provider working at the mental health clinic where the subject is receiving services, who can provide telephonic support to the officer. For the other half of participants, the message will not appear to the officers in the case of an encounter.

L-DOPA vs. Placebo for Depression and Psychomotor Slowing in Older Adults

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: January 9, 2019
Location: New York, New York
Eligibility: Ages 59 and Older, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

Individuals with Late Life Depression (LLD) often have cognitive problems, particularly problems with memory, attention, and problem solving, all of which contribute to antidepressant non-response. Our group and others have shown that decreased thinking speed is the central cause of functional problems in patients with LLD. Similarly, decreased walking speed is associated with depression and carries additional risk for falls, hospitalization, and death. Available evidence suggests that declining functionality in the brain's dopamine system contributes to age-related cognitive and motor slowing. The central hypothesis of this study is that by enhancing dopamine functioning in the brain and improving cognitive and motor slowing, administration of carbidopa/levodopa (L-DOPA) will improve depressive symptoms in older adults.

Adapting Behavioral Activation to Technology Platform

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: January 1, 2019
Location: Seattle, Washington
Eligibility: Ages 13–17, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

This project aims to use an asynchronous remote communities (ARC) approach both to discover the design requirements for adapting Behavioral Activation (BA) to ARC as well as design/build an ARC platform for administering BA. The investigators will test the feasibility of our approach in a small feasibility observational study with clinicians and adolescents.

EEG Synchronized TMS Trial for Depression

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: November 30, 2018
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Eligibility: Ages 21–70, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

Daily prefrontal TMS for depression, as developed by the PI, involves delivering TMS pulses to the prefrontal cortex and not assessing what the actual EEG phase is of the person's brain. In cardiology, in order to stimulate the heart effectively, one has to know the rhythm and phase of the heartbeat in order to perform cardioversion. The investigators wonder if it is important to time the brain stimulation with the phase of the person's brain. The brain has definite rhythms, and cycles through being excited or resting. A common EEG rhythm is alpha frequency. Theoretically, the effect of the TMS pulse might be diminished if it was delivered when the brain was temporarily cycling into an off state.

In the r21 part of this grant, the investigators designed and constructed a combined TMS/EEG/fMRI system. With that equipment the investigators found that TMS pulses have different effects deeper in the brain as a function of the EEG alpha phase. Pulses delivered during a rising phase produce larger blood flow changes deeper in the brain than do pulses delivered during a falling phase.

In the R33 phase of the grant the investigators now take that idea into a small clinical trial in depression to test if synchronized pulses have a larger clinical effect than do non-synchronized pulses.

Technology Enhanced Family Treatment

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: November 15, 2018
Location: Los Angeles, California
Eligibility: Ages 13–19, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

The investigators propose to enhance the scalability of family-focused therapy (FFT), a 12-session evidence-based therapy for youth at high risk for mood disorders, through augmentation with a novel mobile phone application called MyCoachConnect (MCC). In adolescents with mood instability who have a parent with bipolar or major depressive disorder, clinicians in community clinics will conduct FFT sessions (consisting of psychoeducation and family skills training) supplemented by weekly MCC "real time" assessments of moods and family relationships; based on results of these assessments and the family's progress in treatment, clinicians will then push personalized informational and coaching alerts regarding the practice of communication and problem-solving skills. The investigators hypothesize that the augmented version of FFT (FFT-MCC) will be more effective than FFT without coaching/informational alerts in altering treatment targets and in stabilizing youths' mood symptoms and quality of life.

Biomarkers in Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) for Adolescent Depression

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: September 24, 2018
Location: Rochester, Minnesota
Eligibility: Ages 12–18, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

The Researchers are going to gather information regarding the use of rTMS as a treatment for depression in adolescents with Major Depressive Disorder. The researchers also hope to learn if measures of brain activity (cortical excitability and inhibition) collected with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) can be used to identify which patients will benefit from certain types of rTMS treatment.

Leucine for Depression Study (L-DEP)

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: September 1, 2018
Location: Los Angeles, California
Eligibility: Ages 18–65, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Depression is very common and poses a huge disease burden. About 20% of the US population suffers from depression at lease once in their lifetime. Inflammations that are hidden inside our body as a result of aging, obesity, chronic diseases, or certain treatments (e.g., interferon for hepatitis C) appear to cause depressive symptoms and even clinical depression. Individuals with such inflammations are more likely to suffer from depression and are less likely to respond to currently available antidepressant medications. This study will test leucine, an amino acid, as a new way to mitigate depressive symptoms in response to such inflammations. This study begins with a 90-minute screening session to determine whether participants are eligible to join the main study. Those who meet the eligibility criteria will then join the main study, which will consist of taking leucine or maltodextrin (i.e., oral placebo) for 2 weeks at home and an 8-hour session at the UCLA Medical Center. A brief telephone follow-up every 3 months for 2 years with questions on mood is also planned. Approximately 90 healthy adults will be recruited for participation in the study. During the course of the study, participants will take leucine or maltodextrin for 2 weeks at home and then will be injected either lipopolysaccharide (LPS) or saline (i.e., intravenous placebo) at the UCLA Medical Center. LPS is a bacterial substance that can initiate chemical reactions that are similar to those seen in individuals with mild sickness symptoms, such as a slight increase in body temperature, muscle aches, or tiredness. It is a safe way of investigating the body's response to inflammation and how these changes may alter cognitive, emotional, or neural function. It has been given thousands of times to healthy volunteers - both younger and older adults - without any serious side effects.

School-Based Depression Prevention for Adolescents With ADHD

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: August 7, 2018
Location: College Park, Maryland
Eligibility: Ages 14–18, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

The purpose of this study is to develop a modified behavioral activation program in adolescents with ADHD to be implemented by school mental health providers in an urban, low-income school district. Subsequently we will examine its effectiveness in reducing depressive symptoms and improving emotion regulation and reward responsivity, compared to usual care.

Confirmatory Efficacy and Safety Trial of Magnetic Seizure Therapy for Depression

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: June 26, 2018
Locations: Dallas, Texas; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Eligibility: Ages 18 and Older, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

This trial aims to assess the efficacy and tolerability of Magnetic Seizure Therapy (MST) as an alternative to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for depression. Even with multiple medication trials, 30 - 40% of patients will experience a pharmacologically resistant form of illness. The ineffectiveness of current treatments for major depressive disorder (MDD) coupled with the economic burden associated with the disorder engenders a need for novel therapeutic interventions that can provide greater response and remission rates.

Concurrent fMRI-guided rTMS and Cognitive Therapy for the Treatment of Major Depressive Episodes

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: May 17, 2018
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Eligibility: Ages 18–65, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

Background:

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a treatment for depression. It stimulates the brain. Researchers want to see if using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans helps locate the best area for rTMS in each person. They also want to find other ways to make it more effective.

Objective:

To study the effects of combining MRI- guided transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and talk therapy on the brain in people with depression.

Eligibility:

Adults ages 18-65 with a major depressive disorder and current depression. If taking an antidepressant, should have been doing so for at least 4 weeks.

Design:

Participants will be screened with medical and psychiatric history, psychiatric evaluation, physical exam, and blood and urine tests.

Phase 1 is 1-4 visits in 1 week. Participants will have:

- Brain MRI. Participants will lie on a table in a scanner.

- Questions about their medical history and psychology symptoms

- Tests of mood and thinking

- Tests of brain activity. Participants may do tasks during these tests:

- A cone with magnetic detectors is put on the head.

- A cap with electrodes is put on the scalp.

- TMS. A brief electrical current passes through a wire coil on the scalp.

- A metal disk will be placed on the arm. A nerve will be stimulated with a small electrical shock.

Phase 2 is about 6 to 7 weeks.

- There will be 30 daily sessions of combined therapy and repetitive TMS (rTMS) for 6 weeks.

- Participants will receive rTMS and another therapy by computer.

- For rTMS, repeated pulses will pass through the coil.

- This is followed by up to 3 additional visits, when:

- Participants will repeat Phase 1 tests

- Participants will rate their depression symptoms.

Phase 3 is 3 visits over 3 months. Participants will rate their depression symptoms and repeat some of the previous questionnaires and tests of mood and thinking.

Supporting Our Valued Adolescents Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: April 17, 2018
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Eligibility: Ages 12–19, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

The purpose of this pilot study is to provide preliminary findings testing the Supporting Our Valued Adolescents (SOVA) intervention, two social media sites (one for adolescents, one for parents) aiming to address negative health beliefs, knowledge about depression or anxiety, parent-adolescent communication, in a moderated online peer community, with the goal of increasing adolescent use of mental health services.

Ovarian Hormones and Suicide Risk

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: April 15, 2018
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Eligibility: Females, Ages 18–45, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

This within-person, crossover, 3-condition, placebo-controlled study compares the impact of three perimenstrual conditions on severity of suicidal symptoms in females with past-month suicidality but minimal risk of imminent suicide attempt. The three conditions are (1) perimenstrual withdrawal from estradiol only (during progesterone stabilization), (2) perimenstrual withdrawal from progesterone only (during estradiol stabilization), and (3) perimenstrual withdrawal from both estradiol and progesterone during placebo.

Activating and Connecting Teens (ACT) Study

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: March 1, 2018
Location: Seattle, Washington
Eligibility: Ages 12–18, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

National data indicate over 650,000 children and adolescents are exposed to physical, sexual, or emotional abuse or physical or emotional neglect each year. Moreover, youth with a history of childhood maltreatment (CM) are at least twice as likely to develop depression and are at substantial risk for nonresponse to current best practice depression interventions (i.e., cognitive behavioral therapy and antidepressants) compared to non-maltreated peers. Research suggests that CM increases risk for depression through disruptions in the positive valence system, such as reward processing, and Behavioral Activation (BA) may be an alternative depression intervention that targets these deficits. This study takes an innovative approach integrating neural, behavioral, and novel mobile technologies to measure longitudinal change in reward processing as a mechanism of BA intervention response among depressed adolescents with a history of CM. Specifically, depressed adolescents with a history of CM will complete pre- and post- BA intervention fMRI and behavioral measures of reward processing along with daily passive mobile monitoring of physical (steps) and social (amount of texts, calls, social media usage) activity to determine 1) how BA targets neural and behavioral reward processing and real-world behavioral engagement (Specific Aim 1), and 2) whether change in neural and behavioral reward processing predicts intervention response and maintenance (Specific Aim 2).

Stabilizing Behavioral Rhythms to Improve Mental Health

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: March 1, 2018
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Eligibility: Ages 18–65, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

In order to assess the efficacy of the Rhythm Stabilization component of HealthRhythms' product, investigators will recruit 128 outpatients between the ages of 18 and 65, presenting to the University of Utah Department of Psychiatry outpatient clinics with a current mood and/or anxiety disorder. Sixty-four of these individuals will be randomly allocated to receive the full HealthRhythms package (Rhythm Sensing, Rhythm Trending, and Rhythm Stabilization) on their smartphones, while 64 will be asked to consent to Rhythm Sensing only. Participants in both arms will receive treatment as usual (TAU) for their mood and/or anxiety disorders, as typically provided at the University of Utah clinics. The duration of the study will be 16 weeks.

The primary outcome measures of the RCT will be the PROMIS Depression, the PROMIS Anxiety and the PROMIS Sleep Disturbance computerized adaptive testing (CAT) measures. The investigators hypothesize that those receiving the full package will demonstrate lower levels of depression, anxiety and sleep disturbance. In addition, investigators will explore the relationship between sensed rhythm stability and scores on patient-reported outcome measures of mood, anxiety and sleep disturbance (PROMIS). The investigators hypothesize that positive changes in the PROMIS measures will be mediated by positive changes in rhythm stability.

The primary outcome analyses will be based on random regression models, while the mediation analyses will follow the approach described by Helena Kraemer and colleagues.

An Adaptive Algorithm-Based Approach to Treatment for Adolescent Depression

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: February 26, 2018
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Eligibility: Ages 12–18, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of two adaptive treatment strategies (ATSs) for adolescent depression. The ATSs include delivery of an evidence-based psychotherapy (interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed adolescents, IPT-A), systematic symptom monitoring, and an empirically-derived algorithm that specifies whether, when, and how to augment IPT-A. Two hundred depressed adolescents (age 12-18) will be recruited to participate in a 16-week sequential multiple assignment randomized trial conducted in outpatient community mental health clinics. Adolescents will be randomized to the IPT-A ATS condition or the community clinic's usual care (UC). Adolescents in the IPT-A ATS condition who are insufficient responders will be randomized a second time to the addition of a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) or more intensive IPT-A (delivered twice per week). Research assessments will be administered at baseline and at weeks 4, 8, 12, 16, and 36.

Scaling Up Science-based Mental Health Interventions in Latin America

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: February 13, 2018
Locations: Duitama, Boyaca, Colombia; Santa Rosa de Viterbo, Boyaca, Colombia; Bogotá, Colombia
Eligibility: Ages 18 and Older, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

Conduct systematic, multi-site mental health implementation research in both rural and urban primary care settings with a broad group of stakeholders in the US and Latin America.

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in Major Depression

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: February 2, 2018
Location: Los Angeles, California
Eligibility: Ages 18–55, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

Noninvasive transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a low-intensity neuromodulation technique of minimal risk that has been used as an experimental procedure for reducing depressive symptoms and symptoms of other brain disorders. Though tDCS applied to prefrontal brain areas is shown to reduce symptoms in some people with major depressive disorder (MDD), the extent of antidepressant response often differs. Methods that map current flow directly in the brain while a person is receiving tDCS and that determine how functional neuroimaging signal changes after a series of tDCS sessions may help us understand how tDCS works, how it can be optimized, and if it can be used as an effective intervention for reducing depressive symptoms. We will investigate these questions in a two-part randomized double blind exploratory clinical trial. The first part of the trial will compare how current flow and functional imaging signal differs in the brain when using tDCS with more focal stimulation, called high definition (HD) tDCS, compared to conventional tDCS (C-tDCS) or sham (non-active) tDCS in patients with MDD.

Sixty people with depression (20 in each group) will be randomized to receive either HD-tDCS, C-tDCS or sham-tDCS for a total of 12 sessions each lasting 20 minutes occurring on consecutive weekdays. At the first and last session, subjects will receive 20-30 minutes of active or sham tDCS in the MRI scanner, which will allow us to map tDCS currents, and track changes in regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) pre-to- post treatment using completely non-invasive methods. At the first and last session and mid-way through the trial, participants will also complete a series of clinical ratings and neurocognitive tests

EM/PROTECT: Improving Depression in Elder Mistreatment Victims

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: January 1, 2018
Location: New York, New York
Eligibility: Ages 55–100, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

The investigators developed EM/PROTECT, a behavioral intervention for depressed EM (elderly mistreatment) victims, to work in synergy with EM mistreatment resolution services that provide safety planning, support services, and links to legal services. PROTECT is built on a model which postulates that chronic stress promotes dysfunction of the cognitive control (CCN) and reward networks, impairing the victims' ability to flexibly respond to the environment and limits their reward activities. PROTECT therapists work with victims to develop action plans to reduce stress, and to increase rewarding experiences. EM/PROTECT has been designed in an iterative process with community EM providers of the New York City (NYC) Department for the Aging (DFTA) to use agencies' routine PHQ-9 depression screening and referral for service. In the current study, the investigators will compare the effectiveness of EM/PROTECT with EM enriched with staff training in linking EM victims to community mental health services (EM/MH). The investigators intend to enroll 80 subjects that will participate in the study for approximately 12 weeks.

Characterization and Treatment of Adolescent Depression

Study Type: Observational
Start Date: December 28, 2017
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Eligibility: Ages 10–17, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Background:

Almost 20% of Americans have depression. It is a leading cause of disability because it is chronic and it starts early. The highest incidence is among adolescents and young adults. But researchers don t know much about why some people become depressed whilst others don t. One possibility is that the way people process rewarding stimuli could be related to their risk for depression.

Objective:

To characterize and treat depression in youth by focusing on reward processing.

Eligibility:

People ages 11 17 with major depressive disorder or subthreshold depression

Healthy volunteers ages 11 17

Design:

Participants will be screened with interviews and questionnaires. They will have memory, thinking, and concentration tests. They may have a urine pregnancy test or have photos or videos taken.

At the initial visit, participants will:

Perform tasks and be interviewed

Have functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. For this, participants will lie in a metal cylinder in a magnetic field. They will do study tasks while looking at a screen in the scanner.

Look at pictures of stimuli that signal win (rewards) or loss and get money for making certain choices.

Have brain and eye activity monitored

Do tasks in a virtual reality environment

Wear an activity monitor

Choose to have blood taken for research studies

Perform tasks while in magneto-encephalography a machine that uses sensitive magnetic sensors to measure the brain s electric activity

Participants will get phone prompts at home to ask about their mood.

Participants will have several follow-up visits the first year, then 1-2 each year until they are 25. They will repeat some tasks above.

Some participants with depression can elect to receive outpatient treatment at NIH and can receive inpatient treatment at NIH, if they wish. None of the treatments are experimental, that is, all treatments are standard and have an evidence base. Patients will have more visits before and after they have treatment. They will do some of the tests above plus drug testing. Participants who are in treatment and their parents will talk with a Senior Attending physician, a nurse, social worker, or psychologist. Those in outpatient treatment will have practice work between visits. Those who are inpatients will have practice work during their inpatient treatment and adjustments to medication can be made.

Intravenous Ketamine Plus Neurocognitive Training for Depression

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: December 1, 2017
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Eligibility: Ages 18–60, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

This study has two aims: 1) to characterize the effects of intravenous ketamine on neurocognitive markers in depressed patients; 2) to test the efficacy of a synergistic intervention for depression combining intravenous ketamine with neurocognitive training.

Brain Emotion Circuitry-Targeted Self-Monitoring and Regulation Therapy (BE-SMART)

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: October 17, 2017
Location: New Haven, Connecticut
Eligibility: Ages 16–24, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

New treatments to help to reduce the emotional dysregulation of mood disorders are critically needed. This is a study of an emotional dysregulation psychotherapy treatment in which subjects will learn skills to help to down-regulate maladaptive emotional responses and learn beneficial, healthy habits. Investigators will perform symptom and behavioral assessments and scanning prior to the treatment and will then repeat scanning, symptom and behavioral assessments at the midpoint, and after the psychotherapy is completed. This collected information will assess whether the treatment can improve functioning of emotion regulation brain circuitry.

Volunteer-Delivery of Behavioral Activation

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: September 15, 2017
Location: Seattle, Washington
Eligibility: Ages 60 and Older, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

In response to large numbers of senior center clients who suffer untreated depression and the dearth of geriatric mental health providers, the investigators have simplified a Behavioral Activation intervention to match the skill set of age-matched lay volunteers available to senior centers (Volunteer BA). This R34 proposes developmental work on delivering Volunteer BA in senior centers, so as to arrive to a sustainable intervention with standardized procedures. The investigators follow with a small randomized controlled trial (RCT) testing the comparative impact of Volunteer BA versus MSW-provided BA on increased client activity and reduced depressive symptoms.

Reducing Fetal Exposure to Maternal Depression to Improve Infant Risk Mechanisms

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: September 1, 2017
Location: Denver, Colorado
Eligibility: Females, Ages 18 and Older, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

This study evaluates Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) in the treatment of depression among pregnant women with elevated depressive symptoms. Half of the women will be randomized to receive IPT, and the other half will get Treat As Usual, provided via behavioral health in the hospital.

Transdiagnostic Brain-Behavior Profiling to Enhance Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Response

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: July 5, 2017
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Eligibility: Ages 18–65, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Many patients with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and generalized Social Anxiety Disorder (gSAD) are treated with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) but few have meaningful improvement. MDD and gSAD are diseases of brain dysfunction that manifest as impaired emotion regulation; CBT teaches emotion regulation strategies but how it works in the brain remains largely unknown. Individual differences in brain function related to emotion regulation may make some patients better suited for CBT and CBT may remedy the brain dysfunction that underlies these disorders. This project will compare CBT with a placebo psychotherapy (i.e., supportive therapy) in MDD and gSAD to test, validate, and refine brain-based markers and examine mechanisms of change to examine how CBT works and for whom.

Lifestyle Intervention for Young Adults With Serious Mental Illness

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: July 3, 2017
Locations: New Britain, Connecticut; Nashua, New Hampshire
Eligibility: Ages 18–35, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

This is a four year project evaluating the effectiveness of a group-based lifestyle intervention (PeerFIT) supported by mobile health (mHealth) technology and social media compared to Basic Education in fitness and nutrition supported by a wearable Activity Tracking device (BEAT) in achieving clinically significant improvements in weight loss and cardiorespiratory fitness in young adults with serious mental illness (SMI).

Neuropharmacologic Imaging and Biomarker Assessments of Response to Acute and Repeated-Dosed Ketamine Infusions in Major Depressive Disorder

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: May 25, 2017
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Eligibility: Ages 18–65, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Background:

Most medications that treat depression take weeks or months to work. Researchers want to develop fast-acting treatments. One dose of ketamine has a rapid antidepressant effect. For most people, this lasts a week or less. Repeated doses of ketamine may help maintain this effect.

Objective:

Main Study: To study the effects of ketamine in treating depression.

Ketamine Metabolites Substudy: To study how ketamine effects brain chemistry.

To study how ketamine effects the brain. This is done by looking at metabolites, which are created when a drug is broken down.

Eligibility:

Main Study: People ages 18-65 with major depressive disorder and healthy volunteers

Ketamine Metabolites Substudy: Healthy volunteers ages 18-65

Design:

Main Study:

Participants will be screened in another study, with:

- Medical and psychiatric history

- Psychiatric and physical exam

- Blood, urine, and heart tests

Participants will be inpatients at NIH for 4 phases totaling 14-20 weeks.

Phase I (2-7 weeks):

- Gradually stop current medications

- MRI: Participants lie and perform tasks in a machine that takes pictures of the body.

- Mood and thinking tests

- Blood and urine tests

- Sleep test: Monitors on the skin record brain waves, breathing, heart rate, and movement during sleep.

- Transcranial magnetic stimulation: A coil on the scalp gives an electrical current that affects brain activity.

- Stress tests: Electrodes on the skin measure reactions to loud noises or electric shocks.

Phase I tests are repeated in Phases II and III and in the final visit.

Phase II (4-5 weeks):

- 4 weekly IV infusions of ketamine or a placebo during an MRI or MEG. For the MEG, a cone over the head records brain activity.

Phase III (optional):

- 8 infusions of ketamine over 4 weeks

Phase IV (optional):

- Symptoms monitoring for 4 weeks

- Participants will have a final visit. They will be offered standard treatment at NIH for up to 2 months.

Ketamine Metabolites Substudy:

Participants will be screened in another study, with:

- Medical and psychiatric history

- Psychiatric and physical exam

- Blood, urine, and heart tests

Participants will be inpatients at NIH for 4 days.

Study Procedures:

Mood and thinking tests

Blood and urine tests

1 infusion of ketamine

Spinal tap and spinal catheter: Used to get samples of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This is a fluid that moves around and within the brain and spinal cord. Studying CSF will help us learn how ketamine effects brain chemistry

Neural Mechanisms of Monoaminergic Engagement in Late-life Depression Treatment Response (NEMO)

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: May 24, 2017
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Eligibility: Ages 60 and Older, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh is conducting a research study to learn about the changes that occur in the brain when individuals suffer from and then are treated for depression. The NEMO study has two main purposes. The first is to provide medication treatment to individuals ages 60 and older who are currently depressed.

The second part of the study involves completing a series of 4 MRIs, which assess changes in brain function over the course of treatment. This research may help investigators to develop faster and more effective treatment plans in the future, as brain responses that are detected early in treatment may predict how well an individual will respond to antidepressant medication.

Inflammation-Induced CNS Glutamate Changes in Depression

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: May 15, 2017
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Eligibility: Ages 21–65, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

Increased inflammation has been implicated in the pathophysiology of a number of neuropsychiatric illnesses including mood disorders, which affect almost 30 million adults in the United States alone. One mechanism by which inflammation may alter behavior is through increasing brain glutamate, a neurotransmitter that in excess has been implicated in neuronal toxicity and resistance to conventional antidepressant therapy. The goal of the proposed research is to test the hypothesis that inflammation alters behavior through increasing glutamate in specific brain regions, ultimately leading to behavioral changes.

The proposed research is designed to determine the cause and effect relationship between inflammation and CNS glutamate as well as the relationship between CNS glutamate and specific symptoms. To accomplish these aims, investigators will administer a single infusion of either the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) antagonist infliximab or placebo (n=30 per group) to patients with high inflammation (CRP>3mg/L). A CRP>3mg/L was chosen because it is considered high inflammation according to guidelines by the American Heart Association. Moreover, a CRP>3mg/L is associated with significantly increased basal ganglia glutamate and with a clinical response to infliximab. Inflammatory biomarkers, basal ganglia glutamate as measured by MRS, and motivation and psychomotor activity will be assessed at baseline and days 1 and 3 and weeks 1 and 2 following infliximab or placebo administration.

Feasibility of Implementing a Mental Health Care Program and Home-based Training for Mothers of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder in an Urban Population in Bangladesh

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: April 1, 2017
Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Eligibility: Females, Ages 18–50, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

Background (brief):

The global burden of depression accounts for 2.5% of global DALYs, and in South Asia the estimate is 13.3 % of DALYs per 100,000 populations. Mothers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have reported higher level of depression than mothers of children with other developmental disorder and the prevalence of ASD is high in Asian countries. In Bangladesh 16% of adults suffer from depression and a recent study conducted in Bangladesh has documented a high prevalence of depression among mothers of children with ASD (45%). Mothers are the life time care givers of children with ASD, and a high burden of depression is likely negatively impact on the ability of the mothers to provide care to children at home. Mental health is not addressed in Bangladesh and there is scarcity of qualified providers.

Objectives:

The investigators propose to pilot the feasibility of a package intervention including implementation of mental health care and home based training program for the mothers of children with ASD integrated in the regular activities of the special schools that offer ASD care in Dhaka city in Bangladesh.

Methods:

The study will be conducted in 2 selected special schools over 15 months. In the first stage, the investigators will set up the study in two schools and identify various stakeholders for qualitative assessment of the barriers of implementing the intervention at the institutional level, individual level, family level, provider level, policy maker level and at the level of the state. Research staff will identify mothers 18 years of age or older who has a child with ASD between 3 and 17 years of age enrolled in the school. Following consent, data collector will obtain data and assess current major depressive episode (MDE) of the eligible mothers following a standard diagnostic tool (SCID-I). All mothers diagnosed as having MDE will be invited to participate in the intervention (intervention mothers) and the investigators will assess the performances in children with ASD by applying ASD Diagnostic Check-list (ADCL).

In the second stage, investigators will implement interventions over 4-6 months, including (a) implementing mental health care services at the selected schools targeting the intervention mothers, and (b) organizing training sessions of the intervention mothers for supporting child care at home for enhancing child performances. Every month a psychiatrist will visit each school for providing necessary advice and treatment to the intervention mothers or suggest referral to hospital care, if necessary.

One special educator will be deployed at each school who will organize structured training sessions for educating the intervention mothers by using BCC materials developed and validated by icddr,b in the local setting. The special educators will conduct multiple group sessions including 5-8 mothers in each group for covering the 6 modules over 2 weeks time, and follow up intervention mothers at home every month for conducting refresher's training, documenting the need of additional training supports, and linking mother with an ASD expert for helping mothers taking a decision.

In stage 3, investigators will conduct post intervention qualitative survey with various stakeholders who would be involved with implementing the intervention and participated in the baseline qualitative survey. End line assessment will be conducted of current major depressive episode (MDE) among all mothers and assess the performance of the children of intervention mothers in order to assess the impact of the training at home.

Outcome measures/variables:

The primary outcome of the study is to assess the feasibility of institutionalizing the combined intervention of mental health care supports and the home based training program of the mothers who would be diagnosed as having major current major depressive episode. The primary outcome will be assessed by obtaining the perspectives of various stakeholders. The following parameters will be assessed for measuring feasibility of the proposed intervention.

Acceptability, Adaptability, Demands, Practicality, Implementation, Integration

The secondary outcomes will include estimating the impact of the combined interventions on the prevalence rate of maternal depression (MDE), individual performances of children, and cost of intervention. Adaptation of the proposed strategy, if feasible will help the mothers of children with ASD become skilled workforces for filling in the gap of the special educators in resource poor settings, and extension of these services to more children with ASD.

Remote Supervision for Implementing Collaborative Care for Perinatal Depression

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: April 1, 2017
Location: Seattle, Washington
Eligibility: Females, Ages 18–45, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

This study evaluates the impact of a longitudinal remote consultation (LRC) implementation strategy for collaborative care depression treatment among perinatal women. All participating health centers will receive training in collaborative care. Cluster randomization will be used to assign the addition of LRC to select health centers. Differences in implementation success, clinical outcomes, and costs will be compared after a 12 month implementation period and 13-21 month sustainment period.

Optimizing Outcomes of Treatment-Resistant Depression in Older Adults

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: February 24, 2017
Locations: Los Angeles, California; Saint Louis, Missouri; New York, New York; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Eligibility: Ages 60 and Older, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

The purpose of this research study is to assess which antidepressants work the best in older adults who have treatment-resistant depression (TRD).

ECT Pulse Amplitude and Medial Temporal Lobe Engagement

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: October 31, 2016
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Eligibility: Ages 50–80, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) remains the gold-standard treatment for patients with depressive episodes. During a typical four-week ECT series, most depressive episodes will respond to treatment and people will improve their level of functioning (return to work or family). Independent of the antidepressant effect of ECT, many patients experience transient memory impairment. This investigation will examine the impact of one ECT parameter (pulse amplitude or current) on brain changes (structure of connections within the brain) and clinical outcomes. The goal of this investigation is to determine the optimal parameter for an individual patient that will maintain the clinical response (reduce depression severity) and minimize side effects (eliminate memory issues related to treatment).

A Study Examining Adolescents With Non-Suicidal Self-Injury

Study Type: Observational
Start Date: August 31, 2016
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Eligibility: Females, Ages 12–16, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

This study will examine longitudinal brain development in young adolescent girls with a history of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI). Specifically, three constructs outlined by the the Research Domains Criteria (RDoC) will be examined through self-assessment, MRI, and a cognitive battery.

Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) in Midlife Depression

Study Type: Observational
Start Date: July 31, 2016
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Eligibility: Ages 35–65, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

The purpose of this study is to determine the impact of inflammation on central nervous system (CNS) glutamate, white matter pathology and alterations in behavior and cognition in middle-aged patients with major depression. Depression is associated with significant alterations in glutamate concentrations and white matter integrity, which has been associated with decreased antidepressant response, poor functional outcome, and cognitive impairment.

Mental Health Pathways in Internet Support Groups

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: June 30, 2016
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Eligibility: Ages 18 and Older, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

People facing serious health threats increasingly use Internet health support communities to obtain informational support, emotional support and other resources. This study introduces software algorithms similar to those used by social media sites to put people in touch with helpful information and social interactions. Participants from the American Cancer Society's Cancer Support Network will have access to this online support group using the default interface that orders content by broad content category and date or with a new interface that highlights communication content and people that match users' interests and needs.

Testing the Neuroscience of Guided Learning in Depression

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: May 1, 2016
Location: Roanoke, Virginia
Eligibility: Ages 18–55, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Major depression is a prevalent and impairing illness. To better understand the basic science and treatment of depression, the investigators study the behavioral and brain processes associated with learning in depression and how potential disruptions in learning may be repaired. Understanding different methods that change learning may lead to novel treatments that contribute to recovery in people with depression.

Community Study of Outcome Monitoring for Emotional Disorders in Teens

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: January 31, 2016
Location: West Hartford, Connecticut
Eligibility: Ages 12–18, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

Emotional disorders, including an array of anxiety and depressive syndromes, are the most common psychiatric disorders among adolescents, are highly comorbid, and severely impair the lives of youth and their families. Extant evidence-based therapies target only single disorders or symptom domains, are often not adopted by community mental health center (CMHC) clinicians, and have only modest effect sizes. To improve the clinical outcomes of these youth, the proposed study tests the effectiveness of two novel interventions (a transdiagnostic intervention, the Unified Protocol for the Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Adolescents, and a measurement and feedback system, the Youth Outcomes Questionnaires) relative to usual care in CMHCs.

Mechanism of Antidepressant-Related Dysfunctional Arousal in High-Risk Youth

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: December 31, 2015
Locations: Stanford, California; Cincinnati, Ohio
Eligibility: Ages 12–17, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

A 16-week double blind, placebo-controlled investigation of escitalopram in adolescents with depression and/or anxiety with a family history of Bipolar Disorder. Subjects will be evaluated using semi-structured diagnostic interviews and symptom ratings, participate in a MRI scan and then randomized to treatment. Following randomization, high-risk youth will have visits every week for the first 4 weeks of treatment then biweekly up to 16 weeks during which time tolerability and ratings will be performed. MRI scan will be repeated at week 4.

Neurobiology of Suicide

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: December 2, 2015
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Eligibility: Ages 18–70, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Background:

There are no good treatments for people considering suicide. Researchers want to study suicide with questions, blood tests, brain imaging, and sleep studies. They hope to better understand suicide, so they can help suicidal people.

Objective:

To understand what happens in the brain when someone has thought about or attempted suicide.

Eligibility:

Group 1: Adults ages 18 70 who have thought about or attempted suicide recently

Group 2: Adults ages 18 70 who have thought about or attempted suicide in the past

Group 3: Adults ages 18 70 who have depression or anxiety, but have never thought about suicide

Group 4: Healthy volunteers the same ages.

Design:

Participants will be screened in another protocol. Adults who have recently thought about or attempted suicide must be referred by a doctor. They may do up to 3 phases of this study. Groups 2, 3 and 4 will do only Phase 1 and will not get ketamine.

Phase 1: 1 week in hospital. Participants will have:

Physical exam.

Questions about thoughts and feelings.

Thinking and memory tests and simple tasks.

Blood and urine tests.

Two MRI scans. Participants will lie on a table that slides into a metal cylinder that takes pictures. They will have a coil over their head and earplugs and do a computer task.

Sleep test. Disks and bands will be placed on the body to monitor it during sleep.

Magnetic detectors on their head while they perform tasks.

A wrist monitor for activity and sleep.

Lumbar puncture (optional). A needle will collect fluid from the back.

Shock experiments (optional). Participants will observe pictures and sounds and feel a small shock on the hand.

Phase 2: 4 days in hospital. A thin plastic tube will be placed in each arm, one for blood draws, the other to get the drug ketamine once. Participants will repeat most of the Phase 1 tests.

Phase 3: up to 4 more ketamine doses over 2 weeks.

Participants will have follow-up calls or visits at 6 months and then maybe yearly for 5 years.

Neural Basis of Meal Related Interoceptive Dysfunction in Anorexia Nervosa

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: October 31, 2015
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Eligibility: Ages 18–55, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

This study aims to identify the brain regions responsible for encoding cardiorespiratory 'interoceptive' sensations and determine whether they are dysfunctional in individuals affected by eating disorders, anxiety, depression, or brain injury. By evaluating the same interoceptive sensations across different human illnesses, the investigators hope to provide convergent evidence resulting in identification of core underlying neural processes, and to discern relative contributions in each condition.

Inflammation-related Alterations in Neurocircuitry: Reversal With Levodopa

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: July 31, 2015
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Eligibility: Ages 18–65, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

The purpose of this study is to learn more about the changes that happen in the brain and the body when a person is depressed. This study will determine if the level of inflammation in the body is related to symptoms of depression, how well the person thinks, and how certain brain regions communicate.

Antidepressant Effects of the Glycine Receptor Antagonist AV-101 (4-chlorokynurenine) in Major Depressive Disorder

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: June 19, 2015
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Eligibility: Ages 18–65, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

Background:

- Drugs and talk therapy help treat depression, but these treatments usually take quite a bit of time to work. Ketamine is a fast-acting antidepressant, but it has side effects like unusual dreams and experiences. The drug AV-101 may have the same antidepressant effects but fewer side effects. Researchers want to see if it is effective and safe for people with major depressive disorder.

Objective:

- To see if the drug, AV-101 is safe and if it treats symptoms of major depressive disorder.

Eligibility:

- Adults ages 18-65 with major depression without psychotic features.

Design:

- Participants will be screened under a separate protocol.

- Participants will stay in the hospital for 12-14 weeks.

- Phase 1 (2-7 weeks): participants will stop taking their medicines then not take any for 2 weeks. They will have several scans and other procedures.

- Phase 2 (6-7 weeks): 2 weeks each of study drug and placebo once a day, with 2 weeks of no drugs in between.

- Participants will have:

- Physical exams

- Interviews

- Frequent blood collection. A needle will place a small plastic tube in the arm. Some blood samples will be taken through this tube.

- 2 spinal taps (optional). The back will be numbed. A needle will insert a catheter between back bones. That will be left in for up to 30 hours. Spinal fluid will be collected through it.

- 5 scans. Participants will lie in a machine with a magnetic field. The machine takes pictures of the brain and brain chemicals.

- At the end of the study, participants will have medical evaluation, questions, and blood tests. Some may continue treatment at the clinic.

miRNAs, Suicide, and Ketamine - Plasma Exosomal microRNAs as Novel Biomarkers for Suicidality and Treatment Outcome

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: April 30, 2015
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Eligibility: Ages 18–65, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

The purpose of this study is to examine whether neural-derived exosomal miRNAs are differentially expressed that are specific to suicidal ideation or behavior, and which by affecting specific miRNA targets and pathways, are associated with suicidal behavior and response to ketamine. The following groups of subjects will be examined: 1) major depressive disorder (MDD) with a recent suicide attempt (in past 2 weeks), 2) MDD with serious ideation (in the past 7 days) without recent suicide attempt (in the past 6 months), 3) MDD without clinically significant suicidal ideation (in the past 7 days) or recent suicide attempt (in the past 6 months), and 4) healthy controls. Both suicidal and non-suicidal MDD will be given ketamine (0.5 mg/kg, IV) and blood will be drawn at predose, 30 min, 180 min, 24 hours, and 14 days post-infusion to measure changes in miRNAs.

Family Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Preventing Depression in Children

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: August 1, 2014
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Eligibility: Ages 9 and Older, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

This study will determine the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) versus educational treatment in preventing depression in the children of parents with a history of depression.

Ask Suicide-Screening Questions to Everyone in Medical Settings (asQ em): Development of a Suicide Risk Screening Instrument for Adult Medical Inpatients

Study Type: Observational
Start Date: June 1, 2014
Locations: Bethesda, Maryland; Providence, Rhode Island; Fort Worth, Texas
Eligibility: Ages 18 and Older, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

Background:

- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for U.S. adults. Medically ill people are at an increased risk of suicide. Most people who have killed themselves went to a healthcare provider within 3 months of their death. More and more, hospitals are being asked to assess people for signs of suicide risk so that they can get the help they need. If nurses and doctors can find out who is at risk they can make sure these people get help in the hospital.

The asQ em (Ask Suicide-Screening Questions to Everyone in Medical Settings) is a brief questionnaire. It was created to detect suicidal thoughts and behaviors in hospitalized people. Researchers would like to further develop this tool and figure out which are the best questions to ask patients.

Objective:

- To determine the best questions for healthcare providers to ask people with medical illnesses to see if they are having suicidal thoughts or planning to hurt themselves.

Eligibility:

- NIH Clinical Center patients over age 18.

Design:

- Participants will be asked questions about how they have been feeling in the past few weeks. They will be asked questions about depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors. They also will be asked some background questions.

- It will take approximately 15 to 30 minutes to answer the questions.

Neural Components Underlying the Treatment of Adolescent Depression

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: October 31, 2012
Location: Belmont, Massachusetts
Eligibility: Females, Ages 13–18, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

The goal of the study is to examine how cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a common treatment for adolescent depression, affects brain functioning. Depressed adolescents will complete an initial assessment consisting of an interview, questionnaires, computer tasks, and an EEG recording. EEG (electroencephalography) measures brain activity by recording the electrical activity along the scalp caused by the firing of neurons within the brain. They will then complete 12 sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy, which will be 50 minutes long and held once a week for 12 weeks. Before their third therapy session, participants will complete a computer task while EEG data are recorded. After completing the treatment, the participants will complete a final assessment, which will include questionnaires, computer tasks, and an EEG recording. They will also complete follow-up assessments over the phone 1, 3, and 6 months after completing the treatment.

This study will also include healthy control participants. They will complete an initial assessment consisting of an interview, questionnaires, computer tasks, and an EEG recording. Three weeks later, they will return to complete a behavioral task while EEG data are recorded. Twelve weeks after the initial assessment, they will complete a final assessment, which will include questionnaires, computer tasks, and an EEG recording.

Cellular Aging and Neurobiology of Depression Study

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: December 31, 2010
Location: San Francisco, California
Eligibility: Ages 21–60, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

We are conducting an eight week longitudinal study to learn if blood levels of certain naturally occurring compounds and genetic markers differ between patients with depression and healthy adults who are not depressed, and if any such differences relate to memory performance, mood, and neurobiology.

We will do this by comparing the unmedicated depressed patients with matched healthy controls at baseline and then following the depressed patients over the course of eight weeks of standardized antidepressant treatment to gauge which baseline abnormalities normalize over the course of treatment.

Brain Imaging and Computer Games in Children With Either Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Anxiety or Healthy Controls

Study Type: Observational
Start Date: July 31, 2007
Location: East Providence, Rhode Island
Eligibility: Ages 7–17, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

The purpose of this research is to learn more about how children with mental health problems, including bipolar disorder (BD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), differ from children without these problems. The investigators want to understand how these 4 groups of children differ in brain activity, function, and structure.

Family Study of Affective and Anxiety Spectrum Disorders

Study Type: Observational
Start Date: May 21, 2004
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Eligibility: Ages N/A–60, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

This study will examine how depression, anxiety, and migraine run in families. It will help in defining the risk factors for physical, mental, and health problems-as well as define ways that those problems may be prevented and treated.

A broad range of ages among family members will be included to evaluate the patterns of how these disorders are expressed throughout people's lives. Children of all ages will be included, and those ages 8 to 17 will be interviewed directly.

Assessments will be collected through criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV as well as the spectrum, or range, of mood disorders and co-existing conditions. A member of the study team will visit the participants at home or will do an interview by telephone. Participation will take approximately 3 to 4 hours. Children will complete questionnaires given by the research team as well as questionnaires that they will do by themselves. The questions will pertain to the children's health, including physical and mental health and medical history, social relationships, problems, skills, and ways of dealing with important or stressful issues in their lives. These questionnaires will take up to 1 hour to complete.

Health history gathered from adult participants will pertain to height, weight, exercise, and general function. Women will be asked about the use of oral contraceptives, estrogen, and progesterone. In addition, there will be questionnaires on personality and temperamental traits, that is, behavior and impulsiveness. Questions will also involve social intuition, family and other environmental factors, general functioning, and basic demographics such as ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, marital status, education level, and employment history.

Families enrolled in this phase of the research will be invited to participate in the next phase. There would be follow-up to evaluate the development of mood disorders, subtypes, and syndromes across the lifespan.

The Psychobiology of Childhood Temperament

Study Type: Observational
Start Date: May 12, 2003
Locations: Bethesda, Maryland; College Park, Maryland
Eligibility: Ages N/A–29, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

The purpose of this study is to use brain imaging technology to examine brain changes that occur in children when they are exposed to various kinds of emotional tasks and to determine if these changes are related to the child's temperament.

Studies suggest that the risk for developing mood and anxiety disorders in preschool children may be linked to differences in temperament. The relationship between temperament and risk or resilience may reflect the influences of brain activity on behavior at different stages of childhood development. Behavioral inhibition and mood or anxiety disorders have been linked to disturbances in the circuitry of several areas in the brain. However, the involvement of this circuitry in temperament remains unclear. This study will use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine the function of different parts of the brain in children who have previously undergone temperament studies and have had their temperaments classified.

Two sets of studies will be performed in the current protocol. A small set of pilot studies will be performed in infants, by staff at the University of Maryland. In terms of the studies among infants, these subjects will initially be contacted by staff at Maryland and then will be seen at the NIH for up to three visits lasting between 4- to 5- hours during the first year of life. These subjects also will undergo visits at the University of Maryland throughout the first year of life.

This study will comprise up to four clinic visits. At Visit 1, children and their parents will meet with study staff individually and together for psychiatric interviews. Children will undergo a physical examination, medical history, a urine drug test, and practice in an fMRI simulator. Saliva samples will be collected from the children and tests will be given to assess stage of puberty, temperament, intelligence, feelings, experiences, and behavior. Other visits include fMRI scans of the brain and other tasks.

Studies of Brain Function and Course of Illness in Pediatric Bipolar Disorder

Study Type: Observational
Start Date: January 1, 2002
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Eligibility: Ages 7–25, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

This study seeks to learn more about the symptoms of severe mood dysregulation in children and adolescents ages 7-17. Children and adolescents with severe mood dysregulation (SMD) display chronic anger, sadness, or irritability, as well as hyperarousal (such as insomnia, distractibility, hyperactivity) and extreme responses to frustration (such as frequent, severe temper tantrums). Researchers will describe the moods and behaviors of children with these symptoms and use specialized testing and brain imaging to learn about the brain changes associated with this disorder.

Evaluation of Patients With Mood and Anxiety Disorders and Healthy Volunteers

Study Type: Observational
Start Date: September 21, 2001
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Eligibility: Ages 3–99, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

The purpose of this protocol is to allow for the careful screening of patients and healthy volunteers for participation in research protocols in the Experimental Therapeutics and Pathophysiology Lab (ETPB) at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and for the collection of natural history data. In addition the protocol will allow clinicians to gain more experience in the use of a variety of polysomnographic and high-density EEG recordings. Subjects in this protocol will undergo an evaluation which may include: a psychiatric interview; a diagnostic interview; rating scales; a medical history; a physical exam; brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); electroencephalography (EEG); electrocardiography (EKG), magnetoencephalography (MEG); blood, saliva and urine laboratory evaluation; and a request for medical records. Subjects may also be asked to complete questionnaires about attitudes towards research and motivation for research participation. The data collected may also be linked with data from other mood and anxiety disorder protocols (e.g., brain imaging, DNA, psychophysiology tests, treatment studies, etc) for the purposes of better understanding the diagnosis, pathophysiology, and treatment response of patients with mood disorders. Parents of minors will be interviewed. Upon conclusion of the screening process, subjects will either be offered participation in a research protocol and will sign the appropriate informed consent, or will be considered not appropriate for participation in research and will be referred back into the community. The current protocol thus serves as an entry point for individuals with mood or anxiety disorders or healthy volunteers to enter NIMH IRB approved ETPB protocols.

Clinical Trial of Fluoxetine in Anxiety and Depression in Children, and Associated Brain Changes

Study Type: Observational
Start Date: June 28, 2001
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Eligibility: Ages 8–50, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

This study uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to learn how the brain functions in adolescents receiving fluoxetine (Prozac) cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or interpersonal therapy (IPT) for anxiety or depression in children/adolescents.

All participants will receive interviews to assess how they are doing in general, including general mood, degree of nervousness and behavior. Each participant and one of his or her parents will be interviewed separately and together. Those electing the medication study will also receive a physical examination. Participants are asked to complete tasks involving problem-solving and memory that involve looking at pictures, remembering things, testing reaction times, and making simple choices.

Participants with anxiety or depression will first meet with a psychiatrist or psychologist for two weekly sessions of talk therapy.

Those who remain anxious or depressed after these 2 weeks will have the 3 options based on their choice: 1) treatment with fluoxetine daily for 8 weeks 2) cognitive-behavioral therapy or interpersonal therapy (two kinds of talk therapy) once a week for 8 weeks 3) a random assignment (50% chance) to either placebo or fluoxetine for 8 weeks. In addition, subjects also will be randomly and blindly assigned to receive either an active computer-based training task or an inactive computer-based training task, administered as part of the other,along with their medication or talk -therapy treatment. The active training is thought to help anxiety whereas the inactive training is thought to have no effect. The purpose of this part of the study is to understand the best way to help children and adolescents who are having problems with anxiety. However, more research is needed to find the best way to help such children and adolescents. During and after the 8 weeks of treatment, each participant will complete verbal and written symptom ratings. Blood samples will be drawn for laboratory tests before drug treatment and after it ends.

Those who have not improved by the end of the study will be offered other treatment for 1 to 3 months, and the clinicians will help with finding subsequent aftercare. Those who improve with treatment will continue therapy at NIH until an outside physician is able to assume responsibility for monitoring medication.

A Treatment Study for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Study Type: Observational
Start Date: March 9, 1990
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Eligibility: Females, Ages 18–50, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

This study examines the effects of estrogen and progesterone on mood, the stress response, and brain function and behavior in women with premenstrual syndrome.

Previously this study has demonstrated leuprolide acetate (Lupron (Registered Trademark)) to be an effective treatment for PMS. The current purpose of this study is to evaluate how low levels of estrogen and progesterone (that occur during treatment with leuprolide acetate) compare to menstrual cycle levels of estrogen and progesterone (given during individual months of hormone add-back) on a variety of physiologic measures (brain imaging, stress testing, etc.) in women with PMS.

PMS is a condition characterized by changes in mood and behavior that occur during the second phase of the normal menstrual cycle (luteal phase). This study will investigate possible hormonal causes of PMS by temporarily stopping the menstrual cycle with leuprolide acetate and then giving, in sequence, the menstrual cycle hormones progesterone and estrogen. The results of these hormonal studies will be compared between women with PMS and healthy volunteers without PMS (see also protocol 92-M-0174).

At study entry, participants will undergo a physical examination. Blood, urine, and pregnancy tests will be performed. Cognitive functioning and stress response will be evaluated during the study along with brain imaging and genetic studies.

Perimenopause-Related Mood and Behavioral Disorders

Study Type: Observational
Start Date: July 12, 1988
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Eligibility: Females, Ages 40–65, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

The purpose of this study is to investigate mood and behavior changes in the time period surrounding and including menopause. This is an observational study; volunteers who participate will not receive any new or experimental therapies.

Controversy exists regarding the relationship between estrogen and progesterone (gonadal steroid) changes and midlife-onset depression. This study will examine the role of gonadal steroids in perimenopausal mood and behavioral disorders.

Perimenopausal women with depression symptoms and a control group of healthy perimenopausal volunteers will be compared to identify correlates of the occurrence of depression. Participants with depressive symptoms may also participate in companion studies that will test the antidepressant efficacy of phytoestrogens and selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMS).

A group of younger pre-perimenopausal women with normal menstrual cycle functioning will be followed through menopause in an effort to confirm the association of depression onset with changes in reproductive endocrine functioning.

Study of Premenstrual Syndrome and Premenstrual Dysphoria

Study Type: Observational
Start Date: August 24, 1981
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Eligibility: Females, Ages 18–50, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

The purpose of this study is to identify and describe the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Women who experience PMS symptoms will complete clinical interviews, self-rating scales, and evaluations of mood and endocrine function. A subgroup of women with severe PMS (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder or PMDD) will be offered additional research studies that focus on: 1) identifying the endocrine changes that may be responsible for changes in mood and behavior during the premenstrual period, 2) evaluating treatments for PMS symptoms, and/or 3) identifying genetic factors in women with and without PMS. Women with recurrent brief depression will also be recruited to serve as a comparison group.

Evaluation of the Genetics of Bipolar Disorder

Study Type: Observational
Start Date: August 4, 1980
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Eligibility: Ages 18–85, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

This study looks to identify genes that may affect a person's chances of developing bipolar disorder (BP) and related conditions.