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NIMH Family Study of Health and Behavior

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

To find out if you qualify, email NIMH or call 301-496-7773 [TTY: 711].

The major goal of this study is to examine how mood disorders, anxiety disorders and migraine run in families. We study both genetic and environmental factors that may contribute to these conditions.

We recruit people ages 21 and over with depression, manic-depression, social phobia, panic, generalized anxiety, migraine and people without any of these problems. Participants are interviewed about medical and mental symptoms and problems, their health behavior, social factors and a variety of other measures related to their health and behavior. Family members ages 8 and over will also be asked to participate. Some families will be invited to participate in further studies of biological and genetic factors.

Study Identifiers

  • NIMH Protocol Number: 03-M-0211
  • Study Number: 00071786 

Investigator(s): Kathleen R Merikangas, Ph.D.