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Winter Blues Study Recruits

Do you hibernate in the winter time? If you notice that you feel fatigued and down and that your sleeping and eating habits change in the winter, you may be eligible to participate in a research study on seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Diagnostic assessment and treatment consisting of light therapy, psychotherapy or their combination will be offered. There is no charge for participation in the study. Interested volunteers, 18 or older, are invited to call the Uniformed Services University seasonality treatment study for more information, (301) 295-9718.

Postpartum Depression Study

The Behavioral Endocrinology Branch, NIMH, is seeking volunteer mothers ages 18-40 who have had one or more past episodes of postpartum depression following a full-term pregnancy, but are not currently depressed. Participants must be free of medical illnesses, medication-free and currently not breastfeeding. Volunteers may be asked to participate in a 6-month protocol investigating the effects of hormones on brain and behavior. All who complete the study will be paid. For more information call Linda Simpson-St. Clair, 496-9576.

Healthy Overweight Women Needed

The Uniformed Services University weight management program is looking for healthy nonsmoking overweight women ages 18-55 to participate in a weight management program as part of an ongoing study examining factors affecting weight loss. In addition, applicants should not be pregnant, have problems with thyroid, kidney or heart disease, diabetes or uncontrolled hypertension. Program and materials are provided free. If interested call (301) 295-9664.

Being Treated for Depression?

Doctors at NIH are seeking individuals being treated with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Prozac or Zoloft and others, which are widely used antidepressant agents. The researchers are also seeking individuals who are not on SSRI medications but who are taking non-SSRI substances (Wellbutrin). Participants will be asked to donate 4 tablespoons of blood for routine screening and evaluation of platelet function. The visit will be no longer than 1 hour and compensation is provided. If interested or if you have questions, call Donna Jo Mayo, 496-5150.

Female Volunteers Needed

The Behavioral Endocrinology Branch, NIMH, seeks healthy female volunteers ages 40-50 to participate in longitudinal studies of the perimenopause. Volunteers must have regular menstrual cycles and be medication free. Periodic hormonal evaluations, symptom rating completion and occasional interviews will be performed. Subjects will be paid. Call Linda Simpson-St. Clair, 496-9576.

PTSD Study Recruits

An outpatient study of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and medication is attempting to find out if a combination of medications can rapidly improve PTSD symptoms. Study participation includes thorough mental health assessment and research medication. Needed are medically healthy individuals over age 18. For information call 1-866-MAP-NIMH.

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