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What is an informed consent form for a study on mood disorders?

Once accepted as a volunteer, researchers will ask you to sign an "informed consent" form. Even if a trusted doctor or friend has recommended this trial for you, make sure you take your time reviewing it yourself. You do not need to sign the form right away. Share it with family members and friends. It may be wise to have others agree to intervene should your symptoms or side effects become unmanageably severe during the trial.

The informed consent form describes how the trial will proceed. It also covers the testing procedures and different treatment possibilities. It's important that you closely examine the potential benefits and risks of the treatments to be studied, along with any hazards or discomforts that can arise. Share these with friends or family members, preparing them for possible behavior changes. Should you become unable to make competent decisions, they will need to intervene.

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