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Become a Healthy Volunteer: Anxiety Study

Join a Research Study: Enrolling locally from the Washington, D.C. metro region

To find out if you qualify, email NIMH or call 1-301-402-4961 [TTY: 1-866-411-1010].

The purpose of this research study is to better understand how an experimental drug (vasopressin) affects the brain and body when healthy volunteers feel anxious.

Research Participation Includes: 4 outpatient visits, computer tasks, exposure to unpleasant stimuli, and taking an experimental drug and placebo each over 5 to 7 days. Researchers will assess changes in heart rate, muscle activity, sweat responses, and respiration.

Who Can Participate: Healthy volunteers between the ages of 21-50, who have no current psychiatric disorder and are free of certain medical conditions.

You may not be eligible if you are pregnant, have current drug or alcohol abuse, heart disease, neurological disease, or any health problems that would interfere with the study or make it unsafe for you.  

The study is conducted at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The testing sessions may take up to 3 hours. There is no cost to participate and compensation is provided.

First Steps to Participate in Research: Call to learn study details, ask about your eligibility, and consent to participate.