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Featured Studies

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Long-term Observation of Participants With Mood Disorders

Study Type: Observational
Start Date: June 29, 2022
Eligibility: 18 Years and Older, Accepts Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, United States

Background:

More than 12,000 people have taken part in research at the Experimental Therapeutics & Pathophysiology Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Program. This has led to advances in the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, and suicide risk. Researchers want to follow up with this group to see if they continue to have mental health symptoms and receive psychiatric treatments.

Objective:

To learn the long-term impact of depression, bipolar disorder, and suicide risk.

Eligibility:

Adults ages 18 and older who signed consent for Protocol 01-M-0254 over a year ago.

Design:

This study has 2 phases: an online phase and a telephone phase. It has no in-person or face-to-face contact.

In Phase 1, participants will fill out online surveys. They will access the surveys through the study website. The questions will focus on their current thoughts and feelings. The surveys will also ask about their current treatments for their mental health symptoms. At the end of the surveys, they will be asked if they would like to take part in Phase 2. If so, they will mark yes. Phase 2 includes a phone interview. They will be contacted by email to schedule the interview.

In Phase 2, participants will be asked more in-depth questions about how they are feeling. They will also be asked which psychiatric medicines and treatments they have used since they left NIH.

In both phases, participants can skip any questions they do not want to answer.

The online surveys will take 30 minutes to complete. The phone interview will last 1-4 hours.

The information that participants give in this study may be linked to their other NIH research records.


Culture and Well-Being for Latinos

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: June 1, 2022
Eligibility: 18 Years and Older, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York, United States

The proposed K23 study is an intervention study using an experimental therapeutics approach. This pilot RCT asks: "Does SOCIAL-ENGAGE increase cultural-social engagement and decrease suicide risk among Spanish-speaking adults?" We will first optimize a behavioral intervention - SOCIAL ENGAGE (S-ENGAGE) - for target engagement using human-centered design approaches with Spanish-speaking adults at risk for suicide (n=5) and then conduct a pilot RCT (n=60) to test target engagement (cultural-social engagement) and clinical impact (suicide risk) of S-ENGAGE with this population. The ultimate goal is for S-ENGAGE to be offered as a suicide prevention program for Hispanics at risk for suicide.


Mental Health in Primary Care

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: April 26, 2022
Eligibility: 12 Years to 16 Years, Accepts Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): UM Pediatric Mobile Clinic, Miami, Florida, United States; UHealth Pediatrics at Kendall, Miami, Florida, United States; University of Miami UHealth Pediatrics at Kendall, Miami, Florida, United States; Mailman for Child Devlopment, Miami, Florida, United States; Pediatric Mobile Clinic, Miami, Florida, United States; UM UHealth Pediatrics at the Professional Arts Center, Miami, Florida, United States; Borinquean Medical Centers, Miami, Florida, United States; Belkys Bravo Clinic, Miami, Florida, United States

The goal of this study is to evaluate in an effectiveness-implementation type I hybrid trial, an enhanced version of eHealth Familias Unidas for reducing depressive, anxious symptoms and suicide behavior in Hispanic youth. The study will use a randomized rollout design with 18 pediatric primary care clinics in the South Florida area.


WellPATH-PREVENT: A Mobile Intervention for Middle-Aged and Older Adults Hospitalized for Suicidal Ideation or Attempt

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: April 22, 2022
Eligibility: 50 Years to 90 Years, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medicine, White Plains, New York, United States

The goal of this project is to test whether WellPATH-PREVENT (a novel, mobile psychosocial intervention) improves a specific aspect of emotion regulation, i.e., cognitive reappraisal ability, and reduces suicide risk in middle-aged and older adults (50-90 years old) who have been discharged after a suicide-related hospitalization (i.e. for suicidal ideation or suicide attempt).


Intervention to Reduce Serious Mental Illness and Suicide Stigma Among Medical Students

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: April 6, 2022
Eligibility: 21 Years and Older, Accepts Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): Ponce Health Sciences University, Ponce, Puerto Rico

The team aims to develop and test the efficacy of a serious mental illness (SMI) and suicide ideation and attempt (SIA) stigma reduction intervention for medical students. The team expects that after intervention exposure, relative to control group, participants in the experimental condition will manifest more favorable change in knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors.


Sequential Bilateral Accelerated Theta Burst Stimulation in Adolescents With Suicidal Ideation

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: April 4, 2022
Eligibility: 12 Years to 18 Years, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Rochester, Minnesota, United States

The purpose of this study is to gather information regarding the use of a new type of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) called theta burst stimulation (TBS) for suicidal ideation in adolescents with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). The investigators hope to learn if this TMS treatment improves suicidal ideation over 10 days and clinical outcomes over 1 year of follow-up.


Preventing Suicide in African American Adolescents

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: February 1, 2022
Eligibility: 12 Years and Older, Accepts Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): Orr Academy High School, Chicago, Illinois, United States; Dunbar Vocational Career Academy, Chicago, Illinois, United States; Richard T. Crane High School, Chicago, Illinois, United States

The overarching aim of the Success Over Stress Prevention Project is to reduce African American youth suicide. This study examines the impact of a 15-session, group-delivered, culturally-grounded, cognitive-behavioral intervention (i.e., PI Robinson's Adapted-Coping with Stress Course [A-CWS]), on the outcomes of interest, when it is delivered by social workers who are indigenous to the school system. The main objectives of this project are to (a) determine whether the intervention is effective when facilitated by social workers who are indigenous to the school system and (b) enhance resilience, increase adaptive coping strategies, and reduce both intrapersonal and interpersonal violence among youth receiving the prevention intervention. It is expected that increases in adaptive coping will lead to an increased ability for youth to manage stressors, thereby decreasing the incidence of suicide and violence among the youth. In addition, it is expected that evidence of the intervention's effectiveness, when facilitated by social workers who are indigenous to the school system, will lead to greater dissemination and sustainability of the intervention, thus, providing access to effective intervention resources to greater numbers of African American youth.


Technology-Assisted Systems Change for Suicide Prevention

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: February 1, 2022
Eligibility: 18 Years and Older, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): UMass Chan Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

Effective prevention of suicide among adult emergency department (ED) patients hinges on an indispensable component: the ability to translate evidence-based interventions into routine clinical practice on a broad scale and with fidelity to the intervention components so they can have a maximum public health effect. However, there are critical barriers that prevent such translation, including a lack of trained clinicians, competing priorities in busy EDs, and incompatibility between requirements of evidence-based interventions (such as completing telephone coaching with patients after the ED visit) and the workflow and infrastructure typically present in most EDs. The proposed new intervention will address these barriers by building a suite of technologies that will make it easier to implement the Emergency Department Safety Assessment and Follow-up Evaluation (ED-SAFE), an evidence-based suicide intervention targeting perceived social support, behavioral activation and impulse control, revolutionizing the field's ability to scale and implement this intervention and acting as a model for efforts to implement other existing and emerging suicide interventions.


Reducing Adolescent Suicide Risk: Safety, Efficacy, and Connectome Phenotypes of Intravenous Ketamine

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: November 29, 2021
Eligibility: 13 Years to 17 Years, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut, United States

The purpose of this study is to determine if intravenous ketamine reduces suicidal thinking compared to an active placebo (midazolam) in adolescents who have treatment resistant depression and a recent history of a suicide event (defined as a suicide attempt, emergency room evaluation for suicidal thinking, or a transition to inpatient care for suicidality in the past 120 days).

The primary objective of this study is to determine whether ketamine reduces suicidal ideation (as measured via the C-SSRS, recent ideation scale) relative to an active control, midazolam, 48-hours after first administration in adolescents with TRD at high suicide risk.


Developing Text-based Support for Parents of Adolescents After an Emergency Department Visit

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: November 8, 2021
Eligibility: 13 Years and Older, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

The researchers seek to develop a text message intervention for caregivers of adolescents at elevated suicide risk following discharge from emergency department (ED) care.


eLearning for Suicide Prevention

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: November 1, 2021
Eligibility: 18 Years and Older, Accepts Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, Washington, United States

Project WISE (Workplace Integrated Support & Education) includes developmental and pilot research to create an e-learning training in suicide safety planning enhanced with novel skill-building technologies that can be integrated into the routine workflow of nurses serving patients hospitalized for medical, surgical, or traumatic injury reasons. This study pilots an initial version of this eLearning training and collects data on the acceptability of the training and its components as well as engagement of nurses in the training. The evaluation will inform iterations of the training.


Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ) for Youth With Autism Spectrum and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Study Type: Observational
Start Date: July 15, 2021
Eligibility: 8 Years to 17 Years, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, United States; Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Background:

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10-24 years. There is no gold standard for evaluating suicidal thoughts and behaviors in young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD). Also, youth with ASD/NDD are often excluded from many research studies. Because of this, researchers need more data. They want to make sure they are asking the best questions for young people in clinics such as the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) clinic. They want to make sure they have the best data to determine if a person is at risk for hurting or killing himself or herself.

Objective:

To develop and assess the efficacy of a suicide screening tool for people with ASD/NDD.

Eligibility:

Youth ages 8 to 17 who are engaged in assessment or treatment at the NIMH for ASD or other NDD

Design:

Participants will fill out 4 questionnaires during a 1-hour meeting with study staff. They will answer questions about how they have been feeling. They will be asked if they think about or plan to hurt or kill themselves. They will also be asked if they have ever thought about it or planned it in the past. Other questions will assess their understanding of death. Participants can take a break if needed.

Parents of the participants will be asked similar questions.

Parents will be informed if their child has current thoughts of suicide.

About 1 week after the initial assessment, parents will be contacted to fill out a follow-up questionnaire. It will take about 10 minutes to complete.


Telehealth to Improve Prevention of Suicide (TIPS)

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: July 12, 2021
Eligibility: 18 Years and Older, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): UMass Chan Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

The study will rigorously evaluate whether synchronous, within-visit telemental health evaluation and intervention services can successfully overcome poor access to behavioral health and substandard suicide-related care in emergency departments (EDs), including evaluating the impact on system metrics, a primary goal of RFA-MH-20-226. Notably, the study will surpass this primary requirement, because it will extend understanding of the relative added value of the ED-SAFE post-visit telephone intervention and will create knowledge about key factors related to implementation and sustainment.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Following Esketamine for Major Depression and Suicidal Ideation for Relapse Prevention

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: March 5, 2021
Eligibility: 18 Years to 65 Years, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States

This is a rater-blinded, randomized controlled trial. All patients will receive esketamine for treatment of Major Depression with Suicidal Ideation (MDSI). Subjects will be randomized (1:1) to receive CBT (computer-assisted) or TAU alone following esketamine.


MicroRNA Correlates of Childhood Maltreatment and Suicidality

Study Type: Observational
Start Date: February 26, 2021
Eligibility: 18 Years to 60 Years, Accepts Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States; UAB Huntsville Regional Medical Campus, Huntsville, Alabama, United States

This is a research study to find out if childhood trauma and stress are associated with depression or suicidal risk. The study will assess the effects of both short-term and long-term stress on biomarker (e.g. miRNA [MiRNA]) levels. miRNAs are a type of RNA (genetic material that is translated into protein) that are found in throughout the body and blood. They are called microRNA because their size is much smaller than typical RNA molecules. miRNAs are highly responsive to environment. This responsiveness is reflected in their expression in individuals who are affected by environment such as stress. The investigators are gathering genetic material, including DNA and RNA, from each participant. The RNA will be taken from the small vesicles and cells in the participant's blood and analyzed. The vesicles are small objects that occur normally in the blood and that contain RNA. This information may help us to understand the cause of mental illness and to improve medical and psychiatric care in the future. There will be 450 participants enrolled in this study.


IM Ketamine vs Midazolam for Suicidal ER Patients

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: January 2, 2021
Eligibility: 18 Years to 65 Years, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Department of Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York, United States

Rising US suicide rates and the increased risk of suicide among persons who visit an emergency department (ED) for suicidality make the ED an important site for interventions to prevent suicide. There is no approved treatment for rapid relief of suicidal thoughts although clinical trials, including ours, show relief of suicidal thoughts within hours of treatment with inexpensive, generic, sub-anesthetic ketamine. We propose a clinical trial of intramuscular ketamine in depressed ED patients with high-risk suicidality, which if successful would support a novel, easy-to-use, scalable intervention for busy emergency clinicians to implement.


BRITEPath- Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: November 5, 2020
Eligibility: 12 Years to 26 Years, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): STAR- Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States; Northwell Hospital, Hyde Park, New York, United States; Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Michigan, United States; Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, Washington, United States; Children's Community Pediatrics (CCP- Wexford) of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Wexford, Pennsylvania, United States; Children's Community Pediatrics (CCP-Moon) of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Moon, Pennsylvania, United States

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.


Text 2 Connect- Texting Intervention for Mental Health Treatment Utilization

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: October 1, 2020
Eligibility: 18 Years and Older, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): STAR Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States; Child and Adolescent Bipolar Spectrum Services (CABS) Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States; Children's Community Pediatrics (CCP- Waterdam) of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC, McMurray, Pennsylvania, United States

Text2Connect (T2C) proposes to test a text-based intervention designed to improve engagement with mental health treatment.


Suicide in Urban Natives: Detection and Networks to Combat Events

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: March 15, 2020
Eligibility: 18 Years to 34 Years, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): First Nations Community HealthSource, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

This study compares the effectiveness of a program to detect and manage suicide risk among American-Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth. Half of the participants will receive caring text messages to reduce suicidal thoughts, attempts, and hospitalizations and to increase engagement, social connectedness, and resilience in at-risk youth. The other half will receive usual care that does not include the caring text messages.


Engaging Black Youth in Depression and Suicide Prevention Treatment Within Urban Schools

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: January 31, 2020
Eligibility: 12 Years to 18 Years, Accepts Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, New York, New York, United States

Completing evidence-based treatments for depression has been shown to be particularly problematic for Black adolescents. If Black adolescents' depression treatment needs are to be met, the engagement challenges and the factors that lessen the success of treatment in the "real world" must be addressed. The investigators will examine the effectiveness of the Making Connections Intervention (MCI) and investigate key mediators of both engagement and response to treatment for depression. The MCI is a 1-2 session, evidence-based intervention designed to improve engagement, perceived relevance, and treatment satisfaction among depressed, Black adolescents. The study also uses tailored outreach strategies for adolescents and parents by including innovative digital content such as a web page/app along with other digital products.

This study will address an important public health issue: How best to connect Black adolescents with depression to treatment in clinically meaningful ways, and how best to deliver evidence-based treatment to them through school-based services.


Wakȟáŋyeža (Little Holy One)

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: November 18, 2019
Eligibility: 18 Years and Older, Accepts Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): Fort Peck Tribal Head Start, Poplar, Montana, United States

The overall goal of this study is to develop, adapt and evaluate an intergenerational prevention intervention, named "Wakȟáŋyeža (Little Holy One)," with Native American caregivers on a Northern Plains reservation and the caregivers' 3-to-5-year-old children. The intervention aims to: 1) reduce symptoms of historical trauma and everyday stress among parents/caregivers, 2) improve parenting, and 3) improve children's emotional and behavioral developmental outcomes to reduce future risk for suicide and substance use.


A Longitudinal Study of Inflammatory Pathways in Depression

Study Type: Observational
Start Date: October 1, 2019
Eligibility: 18 Years and Older, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

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.


Promoting Community Conversations About Research to End Native Youth Suicide in Rural Alaska

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: September 12, 2019
Eligibility: 15 Years and Older, Accepts Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

This intervention study will measure the outcomes of the PC CARES (Promoting Community Conversations about Research to End Suicide) curriculum implemented in 9 rural Alaskan villages. It will compare pre-post data from intervention participants to non-participants, and will analyze social networks related to suicide prevention behavior in each village. Researchers will work with local service providers and other partners to recruit facilitators who will be trained in implementing the 4 session PC CARES curriculum.


Safety Planning in Juvenile Justice for Suicidal Youth

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: January 1, 2019
Eligibility: 12 Years to 18 Years, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): Rhode Island Family Court, Providence, Rhode Island, United States; Brown Univerity, Providence, Rhode Island, United States

This study will examine the feasibility and acceptability of a program designed to conduct safety planning with youth in the juvenile justice system who are at risk for a suicide attempt and/or self-injury and to increase the possibility of them receiving outpatient mental health treatment. After training staff in the intervention, the investigators will pilot test the safety planning intervention and gather information on how well it worked on reducing self-harm, getting families to follow up with referrals for mental health care, and how often they attend treatment.


Confirmatory Efficacy and Safety Trial of Magnetic Seizure Therapy for Depression

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: June 26, 2018
Eligibility: 18 Years and Older, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, United States; Temerty Centre for Therapeutic Brain Intervention, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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.


Caring Contacts: A Strength-based, Suicide Prevention Trial in 4 Native Communities

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: May 30, 2018
Eligibility: 18 Years and Older, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): Fort Peck Tribes - Health Promotion / Disease Prevention Wellness Program, Poplar, Montana, United States; Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, United States

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for American Indians and Alaska Natives aged 18 years and older. This study will evaluate Caring Contacts, a low-cost, sustainable intervention for suicide prevention that sends caring messages to people at risk. The investigators will implement the intervention at four tribal sites, leveraging community strengths and values to address this tragic health disparity in an underserved minority population.


Wearable Suicidal Early Warning System for Adolescents

Study Type: Observational
Start Date: September 18, 2017
Eligibility: 13 Years to 19 Years
Location(s): OHSU, Portland, Oregon, United States

This study is prospectively enrolling a cohort of adolescent patients who present to the Emergency Department and an inpatient psychiatric adolescent unit with acute suicidality.


A Novel Cognitive Reappraisal Intervention for Suicide Prevention

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: March 28, 2017
Eligibility: 50 Years to 90 Years, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medicine, White Plains, New York, United States

The goal of this trial is to refine and test a novel emotion-regulation based psychosocial intervention designed to reduce suicide risk in middle-aged and older adults (50-90 years old) who have been discharged after a suicide-related hospitalization (i.e. for suicidal ideation or suicide attempt).


Neurobiology of Suicide

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: December 1, 2015
Eligibility: 18 Years to 70 Years, Accepts Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland, United States

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.


Effectiveness of Empowerment Group Sessions for Treating Suicidal African American Women in Abusive Relationships

Study Type: Interventional
Start Date: March 31, 2008
Eligibility: Females, 18 Years to 64 Years, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers
Location(s): Grady Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia, United States

This study will evaluate the effectiveness of culturally competent psychoeducational empowerment sessions in treating suicidal African-American women who are in abusive relationships.