Depression Specialist

Community Clinical Research

Psychiatric Mental Health Care & Clinical Trials Center located in Austin, TX

Major depressive disorders affect the lives of more than 16 million adults in America. To study treatment options for those with depression, the Community Clinical Research staff offers inpatient and outpatient clinical trials at their facility in Austin, Texas. After a comprehensive psychiatric assessment, experienced psychiatrist David Brown, MD, can determine if participating in a clinical trial is the right next step for you. To learn more about clinical trials for depression, call Community Clinical Research today or request more information online.

Depression

What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that affects how you think, act, and function. There are different types of depression that are generally classified by the root cause of your depressive symptoms.

The most common symptoms of depression include:

  • Hopelessness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Persistent sadness
  • Difficulties concentrating
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Appetite changes and weight loss

Persistent depressive disorder is a condition that causes you to experience symptoms of depression for two years or more. Other types of depression include:

Psychotic depression

Psychotic depression is a type of depression that occurs when you have depressive symptoms and an underlying form of psychosis. This causes you to have delusions surrounding depressive issues, such as delusions of guilt, illness, and financial struggles.

Postpartum depression

Postpartum depression is a depressive disorder that develops in the weeks after childbirth and can interfere with the mother’s daily life and her ability to take care of her baby.

Seasonal affective disorder

Seasonal affective disorder is a condition that causes depressive symptoms during the winter months, when exposure to natural sunlight is limited.

What is involved in clinical trials for depression?

The Community Clinical Research medical team offers clinical trials at no cost to you if you’re experiencing disruptive symptoms of depression. You may be a candidate for research studies in depression if you’re experiencing a major depressive episode or if you have treatment-resistant depression.

Clinical studies focus on studying possible fast-acting medications for treating depression and the team also studies psychopharmacology options for treatment-resistant depression.

In addition to conducting trials for treatment for depression symptoms, the Community Clinical Research medical team also offers comprehensive treatment if you have persistent depression.

What treatments are available for depression?

The Community Clinical Research psychiatric team can determine if you’re a good candidate for inpatient treatment by doing a psychiatric assessment. If you receive treatment for depression on an inpatient basis, the psychiatric team creates a treatment plan using ketamine.

Ketamine is a medication that can provide rapid relief of depressive symptoms and is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the treatment of major depression, especially if you have treatment-resistant depression.

Traditionally, ketamine is used as an anesthetic, but studies have shown it also has a highly effective antidepressant effect.

Throughout your treatment for depression, the skilled mental health team closely monitors your treatment and tracks the effectiveness of ketamine on your depression symptoms.

To learn more about clinical trials for depression, call Community Clinical Research today or request more information online now.