Who can participate in studies on mood disorders?

Because clinical trials for mood disorders measure very specific symptoms and responses, researchers establish strict criteria for participation. Do not ever take being turned down personally. Researchers may screen for individuals:
  • with a diagnosis of the illness the medication has been designed to treat
  • who even display the subtype of the illness (clinical depression rather than dysthymia, for example) and specific symptoms (like rapid cycling)
  • who are free of other illnesses the treatment of which may skew the results of the treatment to be studied
  • who do not take any other medication who do not drink to excess or take "street" drugs
  • who have never taken the medication to be studied

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