This research study investigates the genetic factors that contribute to mood disorders, specifically major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder. This study also explores how genetic factors contribute to a patient’s response to Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT).
This study is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health. It is being done to increase the body of knowledge of the genetic factors that contribute to mood disorders, knowledge that will help predict whether an individual is likely to be a good candidate for ECT.
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a procedure which involves small electric currents passing through the brain. ECT, which seems to change brain chemistry, works for some patients where other mental health treatments have been unsuccessful.
People with major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder may apply to join this study. To participate, you must be:
*You may be still eligible to participate if you have been recommended for ECT but instead received treatment with rTMS or ketamine.
This is a research study, and all participants are volunteers. Here’s what to expect if you decide to participate.
This study is being conducted at multiple ECT centers across the country. Their locations can be found on the map.
If you are receiving care at one of these ECT centers, you may join the study by talking with your treating doctor. Or, you can compete the form HERE to give us information and we will contact you directly about participating in the study.
Are you an ECT center and want to be a study location?
If you are an ECT center and would like to participate in the study, please contact us by email at JHMoods@jh.edu.
Please answer these questions to see whether you qualify to be part of this study. Your answers will only be used for this study and will not affect your treatment.
If your mental or emotional state quickly gets worse, or you’re worried about someone you know — help is available. You’re not alone; talk to someone you trust. Sharing a problem is often the first step to recovery.