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Participants Needed For Back Pain And Depression Study

PITTSBURGH, August 14, 2006 — Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh are looking for adults 60 and over with both depression and back pain to participate in a medication study to determine if an antidepressant can help alleviate symptoms of both conditions.

Chronic back pain and depression often co-exist. When they are both present, these conditions can intensify the symptoms of each other and significantly worsen quality of life. Often, people who suffer from both back pain and depression feel helpless about their treatment options, fear that they will never get better, feel demoralized, irritable or angry, and are lonely because they are socially isolated. This study focuses on more successful treatment for this group of people.

Participants should be 60 years of age or older, have depression, and have back pain that is of at least moderate severity more days than not for at least the past 3 months. The study will last 12 weeks. All study participants will receive the study medication, which will be provided at no cost.

For more information, or to see if you qualify for this study, contact the Late Life Depression Center at 412-246-6006.

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