The words "depressed" or "depression" are often used to describe some everyday feelings and low moods that affect us all from time to time. Feeling sad or fed-up is a normal reaction to experiences that are upsetting, stressful or difficult. Those feelings usually pass.

But some people are affected by depression that goes far beyond occasionally feeling simply sad or upset. Often, they don't even realize how depressed they are, especially if they have been feeling the same for a long time, if they have been trying to cope with their depression by keeping themselves busy, or if their depressive symptoms are more physical than emotional.

Because of their depression, they feel irritable, angry or tense. They may be unable to focus attention, or remember what they read in the newspaper or hear in conversations. Their intense feelings of persistent sadness, helplessness and hopelessness are often accompanied by physical effects like sleeplessness, a loss of energy, or physical aches and pains.

People with depression often do not realize they have an emotional disorder - an illness - that can be treated. If you would like information about our clinical research studies on depression, please call or e-mail us. There is no obligation or cost.

You might like to take the test below to help you assess your depression:

Common Signs of Major Depression Yes No
1. I am depressed most of the day, nearly every day.
2. I have lost interest in hobbies and activities.
3. I have trouble getting to sleep and toss and turn all night.
4. I feel worthless and guilty.
5. I’m always tired and draggy.
6. I can’t concentrating or make decisions.
7. I feel irritable a lot of the time.
8. I’ve lost my interest in sex.
9. My appetite has changed from normal (increased or decreased).
10. Others tell me I seem slowed down or restless a lot.

If you answered 'Yes' to more than three of these questions, you may qualify for one of our clinical studies on depression. If you would like more information, please contact us.

All inquiries are confidential. All examinations and procedures are free of charge. If inquiries lead to participation in one of our clinical studies, participants are compensated for their time and they qualify for follow-up treatment after the trial at no cost.

Tel: 513-791-7760