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Depression Specialist

Stedman Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials Center & Psychiatric Treatment located in Tampa, FL

Depression affects more than 17 million adults in the United States. Though many find relief from their symptoms with treatment, no single method works for all. To better understand depression and find more effective therapies, Stedman Clinical Trials in Tampa, Florida, is looking for participants to take part in a depression research study. Call the office or click the online booking button to learn more about depression clinical trials and see if you’re eligible.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder characterized by feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and disinterest. This mood disorder affects how you feel, think, and behave. Though very common, depression is also a severe health condition. 

What are the types of depression?

There are many types of depression. Each type may cause varying symptoms and develop from specific circumstances. Examples of depression include:

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

SAD coincides with seasonal changes, most often during the winter months.

Postpartum depression

Postpartum depression refers to the mood changes that occur in women after they give birth.

Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder characterized by shifts in mood that fluctuate between elation (mania) and depression.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression symptoms can vary from person to person in both type and severity. However, even if your depression symptoms seem mild, you may benefit from an evaluation and treatment plan. 

Common symptoms of depression include:

  • Persistent sadness
  • Feelings of guilt or shame
  • Disinterest in activities 
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Fatigue
  • Change in appetite
  • Change in weight
  • Pain

To be diagnosed with depression, you must be experiencing the signs and symptoms of depression daily for two or more weeks.

How is depression treated?

When it comes to treatment, there’s no “one-size-fits-all” for depression. Treatment may include antidepressant medication and therapy. If your medication and therapy fail to improve your depression, other treatments are available, including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). This innovative therapy uses magnetic energy to stimulate the areas of your brain responsible for your depression to improve activity and your mood disorder symptoms. 

How can a clinical trial help depression?

Depression is common, and not every treatment works for all. Stedman Clinical Trials participates in clinical studies so they can better understand the mood disorder and help find innovative solutions for those with this mental health condition.

Pharmaceutical companies sponsor clinical trials and may introduce new therapies or medications. Because clinical trials are very structured, you must meet specific criteria to be eligible to participate. For example, some clinical trials require a particular diagnosis or use of an antidepressant, but requirements are unique to each study.

To learn more about the depression clinical study and see if you can participate, contact Stedman Clinical Trials by phone or online today.