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Depression Clinical Trials in Portland, Oregon

Learn About Our Depression Research Studies In Oregon

Depression, classified as a mood disorder, manifests as persistent feelings of sadness and a loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities. It can also impact cognitive functions, eating habits, and sleep patterns. While it's common to feel sorrowful due to life challenges like job loss or divorce, depression distinguishes itself by its enduring nature, lasting for at least two weeks with additional symptoms beyond just sadness.

There exist various forms of depressive disorders, with clinical depression, also known as major depressive disorder, being the most severe. Left untreated, depression can exacerbate and prolong its effects. In severe instances, it may lead to self-harm or suicide. Fortunately, effective treatments are available to alleviate symptoms and enhance well-being.

Common Causes of Depression

Depression can stem from various factors, spanning from biological to circumstantial influences. Some common triggers for depression are:

Different Types of Depression

The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) classifies depressive disorders as the following:

There are also specific forms of major depressive disorder, including:

Common Symptoms of Depression

People with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) often experience persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, along with a decreased interest or pleasure that affects most of their day, nearly every day. Other common symptoms of MDD include:

Depression & Anxiety

Depression and anxiety can coexist within an individual. Studies indicate that more than 70% of individuals with depressive disorders also display symptoms of anxiety. Despite having distinct causes, depression, and anxiety share common symptoms, such as:

The two conditions also share some common treatments. Both anxiety and depression can be treated with:

If you suspect you have symptoms of either of these conditions or both, you may benefit from enrolling in our Oregon depression clinical research trial. Contact Summit Research Network today to learn more about the enrollment process and if you qualify.

Depression & Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) involves unwelcome and repetitive thoughts, urges, and fears known as obsessions. These fears trigger repetitive behaviors or rituals, called compulsions, in an attempt to alleviate the stress caused by the obsessions. Individuals diagnosed with OCD often find themselves trapped in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions, leading to feelings of isolation. This isolation can result in distancing from friends and social interactions, heightening the risk of depression.

It is not uncommon for individuals with OCD to also experience depression, as having one anxiety disorder can increase the likelihood of developing another. Research indicates that up to 80% of individuals with OCD also face episodes of depression. This dual diagnosis is particularly concerning in children, as their emerging compulsive behaviors may make them feel different, potentially leading to social withdrawal and an increased risk of developing depression.

How To Participate In Our Depression Clinical Research Trials In Portland

Summit Research invites Oregon residents to participate in diverse clinical research trials covering various therapeutic areas. With weekly additions of new studies, you now have the chance to make a significant impact by enrolling in a depression clinical trial at Summit Research and making a difference. Through your participation, you not only advance the field of medicine but also gain a multitude of benefits associated with this vital undertaking.

Enroll In A Portland Depression Clinical Trial Today

To learn about depression research studies currently enrolling participants in your Portland community and check your eligibility, we recommend filling out the form on this page or contacting us directly to speak with an enrollment specialist.

Once you share your information, a Summit Research enrollment specialist will reach out to you. Together, we will explore the studies that might suit you and address any queries you have. It's important to highlight that health insurance is not necessary to participate, and there is no obligation to join. Our goal is to assist you in making an informed decision.

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