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Women with PPD : An Observational Study

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

To find out if you qualify, email NIMH or call 1-301-496-9576 [TTY: 1-866-411-1010].

This is an observational study for postpartum depression (PPD) This study is for three different groups of women: those who recently gave birth and have mild to moderately severe PPD (Group 1), women who recently gave birth and do not have PPD (Group 2), and those who are currently pregnant and experienced an episode of PPD with a previous birth (Group 3). The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between mood and hormones in women with postpartum depression (PPD). This is an observational study; volunteers who participate will not receive any new or experimental therapies.
If eligible for the study, you will be interviewed about your moods, behaviors, and medical status during and immediately following your last pregnancy. You will complete self-rating scales and some women will be asked to participate in interviews, psychological tests, blood tests and urine samples. You will also participate in genetic studies which examines the role genes have in hormone related mood disorders, including PPD. A genetics test involves completing a questionnaire and providing a simple blood sample. Family members may also participate.