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Study in Stockbridge treats depression
by Mary Cosgrove
mcosgrove@neighbornewspapers.com
September 07, 2012 07:41 AM | 1684 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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From left, site and study coordinator Bea Guillen, Dr. Maryann Priya Jacob and study rater Michelle Irish at the Stockbridge clinic.
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From left, site and study coordinator Bea Guillen, Dr. Maryann Priya Jacob and study rater Michelle Irish at the Stockbridge clinic.
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Researchers at Emory University are searching for a way to reduce the occurrence of trial and error treatment of depression, and part of that research is taking place in Stockbridge.

The Emory Mood and Anxiety Program’s PReDICT study is accepting patients for depression treatment, and through either medication or cognitive behavioral therapy, hopes to identify what indicators in individuals makes them more likely to succeed in the various treatments available.

Or as site and study coordinator Bea Guillen said, “to match the treatment to the patient.”

This will reduce the patient having to go through multiple trials of medication and therapy before they find the right fit, said Dr. Maryann Priya Jacob, assistant professor in child and adolescent psychiatry at Emory University.

The therapy and medications the clinic uses to treat patients are “all very evidence-based, FDA approved for depression,” Jacob said.

Because this isn’t a new medication trial study, no placebos will be administered, she said.

All who come for depression treatment will be treated.

The clinic is accepting patients on an ongoing basis, and the treatment is no cost.

Guillen said a patient will pay for gas driving to their first appointment, but after that, gas will be paid for, as well medication, doctor visits and therapy treatment.

Participants must be 18 to 65 years old. The program will not accept those with substance abuse issues or women who are nursing or pregnant.

Those interested should call (404) 778-MOOD for pre-screening.

The study has two other clinic sites in addition to the Stockbridge location on Country Club Drive — one at Grady Memorial Hospital and one at Emory.

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