Searching for hope

. October 23, 2012.

There’s little that’s more heartbreaking than a child or adolescent struggling with depression, and it’s an affliction that’s often still poorly understood. The University of Michigan’s MPAL (Michigan Psychoneuroendocrinology Affective Laboratory), led by Dr. Nestor Lopez-Duran, is seeking families to participate in an ongoing study of adolescent anxiety and depression. Children between the ages of 9 and 16 are eligible to take part in the study, which explores the effects of hormonal activity on mood. Participants are required to make three visits to the lab over a two-week period for non-invasive testing, including clinical interviews, questionnaires and saliva samples. Families are not required to have a formal diagnosis — in fact, children who are not suffering from depression can also be helpful by serving as controls in the study. If you’re looking for help, (the study isn’t treatment) MPAL can refer you to the people who provide it. For completing the study, families will be compensated up to $75.

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