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Transforming the understanding
and treatment of mental illnesses.

Mood Brain & Development Unit (MBDU) Mood Brain & Development Unit (MBDU)

Mood Brain and Development Unit - Clinical Work

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Pharmacological Treatment

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Outpatient Treatment Study

If you are currently experiencing depression, as a someone who previously enrolled in our study of depression over time, you may be eligible to receive outpatient treatment with the MBDU (Mood, Brain & Development Unit). Teens in our outpatient treatment program participate in weekly individual sessions with experienced clinicians who use standard evidence-based talk therapies, like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Behavioral Activation (BA). Through the course of treatment, parents also work with their child’s clinician to learn new ways to support their teen’s recovery from depression and reduce the chances of a relapse. While participating in this program, you may continue with medication and psychotherapy treatments you are receiving in the community. The treatment program is led by Dr. Kathryn DeLonga, a clinical psychologist. Please contact us to learn more.

Inpatient Treatment Study

If you are experiencing depression despite receiving courses of treatment in the community, you may also be eligible for intensive treatment in our inpatient program. Our program offers teens standard evidence-based treatments. It can provide a safe means of coming off medications that are unhelpful, while receiving care from a team of expert physicians, nurses and clinicians. During treatment, you would participate in individual and group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and your parents would attend weekly sessions. You would attend school at NIH and participate in our on-campus therapeutic recreational activities. When it is safe to do so, participants can be home on the weekends. While in the inpatient treatment program, you would complete weekly research tasks that help researchers learn ways that the brain changes throughout treatment. Please contact us if you believe your current treatment is not working as well as you wish and might want to receive a more intensive level of care.