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Clinical Trials for DepressionLiving with depression can negatively impact all aspects of your life. While current treatments help some patients, not all are able to benefit from them. Clinical trials for depression are trying to bridge the gap in treatment so that there is hope for each and every patient.

Past research indicates that genes may contribute to the efficacy of antidepressants. Current clinical trials are therefore trying to decipher the effect that genes have on an individual’s response to treatment, which will facilitate improved treatment methods.

The role of glutamate levels in the brain is another key focus of depression research, as glutamate tends to be reduced in the brains of those with depression. Studies would now like to evaluate how various antidepressants affect glutamate levels in the brain.

Other trials may assess the benefit of different behavioral interventions, such as combined psychotherapy and illness management. In addition to efficacy trials, there are also many observational trials intending to develop new techniques to characterize the physiological changes that are indicative of depression.

Such studies will enhance the ability to assess the effects that depression has on patients, to improve the ability to treat depression.

What are Clinical Trials for Depression like?

Clinical trials for depression will conduct screenings of each potential participant, which may include a physical exam, medical history, and blood and urine tests. You will be asked to report on your mood, feelings of depression, and any family history of depression.Clinical Trials for Depression

Depending on the specific trial, the study doctor may request additional tests for each individual. The goal is to ensure that you are the proper fit for a trial. Researchers understand the impedance of living with depression, so they aim to select participants that will gain a benefit from taking part in the trial, ideally for them and other patients struggling with this detrimental condition.

Inclusion criteria are intended to provide benefit and avoid wasting your time. They are also put in place to avoid any risk, which could result if, for example, the trial were assessing a new pharmaceutical treatment that had detrimental interactions with another medication that you are taking.

Typical Trial Protocol for Clinical Trials for Depression:

Interventional studies will vary depending upon the form of depression, such as major depressive disorder (MDD), depression related to pregnancy, depression in geriatric populations, etc.

Clinical Trials for Depression:Clinical trials for MDD will likely provide treatment groups with an antidepressant for one leg of the trial, during which time they will systematically be assessed through questionnaires and clinician reports to evaluate any changes in the symptoms.

Other parts of these trials may include physiological assessment, with such techniques as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS). Clinical trials for depression during and after pregnancy may involve some form of behavioral intervention, such as psychotherapy.

Depression is one of the most common complications during pregnancy, and it can have detrimental health effects not only on the mother, but also on the baby. These trials are therefore integral to ensuring a healthy life for babies of mothers suffering from depression, particularly because it is quite hard to diagnose due to the overlap with typical pregnancy symptoms.

Participants in these trials will be assigned to interpersonal psychotherapy throughout pregnancy and in the months following, with periodic evaluations. Clinical trials targeting depression among an elderly population often employ behavioral interventions, such as illness management.

Participants will be assigned to different management programs or psychotherapy groups, with symptom assessments scheduled at specific time intervals. Some clinical trials are meant specifically for healthy individuals without any history of depressive disorders, intended to develop new diagnostic assessments to better understand this illness. Studies of this nature will likely assign healthy participants to different technique groups, such as MRI and neuropsychological testing groups.

Suggested Search Terms:

Genetics and Major Depressive Disorder, Depression and Pregnancy, Treating Depressed Elders, Effects of Psychotherapy on Depression, Development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Techniques for Depressive Disorders

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Brief CBT for the Treatment of Depression During Inpatient Hospitalization


Condition:   Depression
Interventions:   Behavioral: Usual Standard of Care;   Behavioral: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Condition (CBT)
Sponsor:   New York University School of Medicine
Recruiting - verified January 2017


Inflammatory Markers and Resistant Depression


Condition:   Depression
Interventions:   Procedure: blood sample;   Behavioral: psychometric scales
Sponsor:   Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Besancon
Not yet recruiting - verified July 2016


Effectiveness and Cost-effectiveness of Telephone-delivered Psychotherapy for Depression in Primary Care


Condition:   Depression
Interventions:   Behavioral: Tel-PT;   Behavioral: TAU and text messages
Sponsors:   University of Zurich;   Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf
Recruiting - verified October 2016


European Comparative Effectiveness Research on Internet-based Depression Treatment in Poland


Condition:   Depression
Interventions:   Behavioral: Blended Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT);   Behavioral: Treatment as usual
Sponsors:   University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw;   VU University of Amsterdam;   Linkoeping University;   University of Erlangen-Nürnberg;   London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine;   Stichting GGZ inGeest;   Universitat Jaume I;   Leuphana Universität Lünenberg;   University of Limerick;   University of Bern;   University of Valencia;   Inesc Porto;   Institut National de la Santé Et de la Recherche Médicale, France;   European Commission;   Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Poland
Recruiting - verified January 2017


Efficacy of an Online Program for the Treatment of Mild and Moderate Depression


Condition:   Depression
Interventions:   Behavioral: Psychoeducational online information;   Behavioral: iFightDepression online programme
Sponsors:   Parc de Salut Mar;   Instituto de Salud Carlos III
Recruiting - verified October 2016


Prefrontal Transcranial Random Noise Stimulation in Patients With Depression


Condition:   Depression
Interventions:   Device: Verum Prefrontal tRNS;   Device: Placebo Prefrontal tRNS
Sponsor:   University of Regensburg
Terminated - verified October 2016


A Family Depression Prevention Program


Condition:   Depression
Interventions:   Behavioral: Family Cognitive Behavioral Prevention;   Behavioral: Written information
Sponsors:   Vanderbilt University;   San Diego State University
Recruiting - verified April 2017


Bending Adolescent Depression Trajectories Through Personalized Prevention


Condition:   Depression
Interventions:   Behavioral: Interpersonal Psychotherapy- Adolescent Skills Training;   Behavioral: Coping with Stress
Sponsors:   Rutgers University;   National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH);   University of Denver
Active, not recruiting - verified April 2017


Stepped Telemental Health Care Intervention for Depression


Condition:   Depression
Interventions:   Behavioral: Stepped Care;   Behavioral: Telephone Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Sponsor:   Northwestern University
Active, not recruiting - verified May 2017


Using SMART Experimental Design to Personalize Treatment for Child Depression


Condition:   Depression
Interventions:   Behavioral: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT);   Behavioral: Caregiver-Child Treatment
Sponsor:   Massachusetts General Hospital
Recruiting - verified March 2017


Computer-Assisted Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adolescent Depression


Condition:   Depression
Interventions:   Other: Computer-assisted cognitive-behavioral therapy;   Other: Usual care treatment
Sponsor:   University of Chile
Completed - verified November 2016


Meditation for Depression


Condition:   Depression
Intervention:   Behavioral: Central Meditation and Imagery Therapy
Sponsor:   University of California, San Francisco
Completed - verified May 2017


Psychotherapy for Late Life Depression


Condition:   Depression
Interventions:   Behavioral: ENGAGE;   Behavioral: Standard of Care Psychotherapy
Sponsors:   Weill Medical College of Cornell University;   National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Completed - verified February 2017


The Effects of Behavioral Activation and Physical Exercise on Depression


Condition:   Depression
Interventions:   Behavioral: Physical activity without motivational interviewing;   Behavioral: Physical exercise with motivational interviewing;   Behavioral: Behavioral activation with rationale;   Behavioral: Behavioral activation without rationale
Sponsor:   Umeå University
Active, not recruiting - verified October 2016


Treating Depression With Physical Exercise


Condition:   Depression
Intervention:   Behavioral: Physical exercise program
Sponsor:   Umeå University
Completed - verified October 2016


Establishing Moderators and Biosignatures of Antidepressant Response for Clinical Care for Depression


Condition:   Depression
Interventions:   Drug: Sertraline;   Drug: Placebo;   Drug: BupropionXL
Sponsor:   University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Active, not recruiting - verified October 2016


Management of Depression in Primary Care


Condition:   Depression
Intervention:   Behavioral: Structured patient-centered follow up of depression
Sponsors:   Göteborg University;   Vastra Gotaland Region
Completed - verified August 2016


MoodHelper: Internet Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Depression


Condition:   Depression
Interventions:   Behavioral: Pure self-help Internet CBT for depression;   Behavioral: Guided self-help Internet CBT;   Behavioral: Stepped-Care Internet CBT condition
Sponsors:   Kaiser Permanente;   Oregon Health and Science University
Active, not recruiting - verified February 2017


Depression Prevention Initiative - A Study of Interpersonal Psychotherapy-Adolescent Skills Training (IPT-AST) in School Settings


Condition:   Depression
Interventions:   Behavioral: IPT-AST;   Behavioral: Group Counseling
Sponsors:   Rutgers University;   National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Active, not recruiting - verified October 2016


Treatment for Depressed Primary Care Patients


Condition:   Depression
Interventions:   Behavioral: Depression Care Management (DCM);   Behavioral: Enhanced Care
Sponsors:   Weill Medical College of Cornell University;   National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Completed - verified February 2017


Aging Brain Changes, Executive Dysfunction and Depression


Condition:   Depression
Intervention:   Drug: Escitalopram
Sponsors:   Weill Medical College of Cornell University;   National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH);   Forest Laboratories
Completed - verified April 2017


Self-guided Depression Treatment on Long-duration Spaceflights: A Continuation Study


Condition:   Depression
Intervention:   Behavioral: Computer-based Problem-Solving Treatment
Sponsors:   Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center;   Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center;   National Space Biomedical Research Institute
Completed - verified April 2017


Treatment Response of Geriatric Depression


Condition:   Depression
Intervention:   Drug: Escitalopram
Sponsors:   Weill Medical College of Cornell University;   National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH);   Forest Laboratories
Recruiting - verified February 2017


Feasibility, Safety and Efficacy of Deep Brain Stimulation for Depression


Condition:   Depression
Intervention:   Device: Deep Brain Stimulations for Depression
Sponsors:   Ali Rezai, MD;   Medtronic;   The Cleveland Clinic
Completed - verified March 2017


MRI Imaging of Chronobiologic Abnormalities in Depression


Condition:   Depression
Intervention:  
Sponsor:   Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Completed - verified March 2017

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