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If I have a mood disorder, is it safe to volunteer for a study?

If you're concerned about safety and convenience, rest assured that clinical trials have evolved significantly in the past two decades. With the proliferation of lawsuits, the testing institution, doctors, therapists and nurses now carefully protect the rights and well-being of research volunteers.

That said, make sure that, when considering participating in a clinical trial, you center your decision on your own personal needs, interests, beliefs and expectations. Do not undergo any therapy to please family members, doctors or anyone else in your life. It's important that you research the trial thoroughly and read all agreements you're asked to sign. You have a responsibility to know all risks involved before agreeing.

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