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University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences

Older Adults Needed for Depression Study at Pitt

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 13, 2010 – Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine are seeking older adults ages 60 or above who currently are experiencing symptoms of depression.

Symptoms of depression can include:

  • Feeling hopeless, pessimistic
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in things you once enjoyed
  • Insomnia, early-morning awakening or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight loss, overeating or weight gain
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions
  • Persistent physical symptoms such as headaches, chronic pain or digestive disorders

The goal of the study is to examine better ways to treat difficult depression in older adults. Participation in the study lasts between three and 10 months. Clinical visits, study medication and medical evaluations will be provided at no cost for eligible participants. The study is underwritten by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.  For more information, call (412) 246-6006 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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