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Participants Needed for Mood Disorders Study at Pitt

PITTSBURGH, July 22, 2010 – The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is conducting a series of studies that focus on functional brain imaging in individuals who have experienced mood disorders.

These disorders include: manic episodes―periods of feeling high, on top of the world, little need for sleep, thinking you can do or accomplish anything, reckless, impulsive behavior; and depressive episodes―periods of excessive sadness, loss of interest in activities, problems with sleep, appetite, energy, concentration, and feeling hopeless.

Researchers are looking for two groups of individuals between the ages of 18 and 45:  those who have experienced mood disorders in the past, and are either currently depressed or currently non-symptomatic; and healthy volunteers, those who have no history of episodes of depression or mania, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse or other psychiatric disorders.

All participants will have a full psychiatric evaluation and if qualified, will then be asked to complete various tasks, some of which will be conducted while having an fMRI (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan. The fMRI and all other tasks and questionnaires are non-invasive procedures.

Participants will be compensated for each aspect of the study. For more information, please call the Functional Neuroimaging Study at (412) 246-5566.

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