Seasonal Affective Disorder MRI Study

Have you ever been told you had seasonal depression?

Fill out the form below or call (401) 455-6537 to contact our research team. Read below information to learn more about the study to determine if it’s right for you to proceed to a screening interview with our team.

Study Information

The purpose of this study is to understand how different intensities of light impact the brain in individuals with and without depression (seasonal and non-seasonal forms). Participation involves a screening assessment that lasts up to one hour and a single brain MRI scan procedure at the Brown MRF facility (within one to two weeks). Interested parties must have daytime availability during the work week.

Overview

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, typically starting in the late fall and early winter. Some people refer to this as “winter blues” because the symptoms may resolve in spring or summer.

Signs and Symptoms

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression displaying a recurring seasonal pattern. Symptoms of the Winter Pattern of SAD include:

  • Having low energy or fatigue
  • Excessive sleeping or needing more sleep
  • Overeating
  • Weight gain
  • Craving for carbohydrates
  • Social withdrawal (feel like “hibernating”)
  • Low mood or anxiety

Eligibility Requirements

  • Generally healthy adults, age 18 to 65, with or without SAD symptoms that are moderate or severe.
  • Normal vision or vision corrected with lenses or glasses.
  • No contraindication to MRI scan (no surgically implanted metal)

For more information call the Neuromodulation Research Program at (401) 680-4143 or submit your information via our contact form above.

Organization
Butler Hospital

Recruitment Status
Open

Contact Form

Fill out the form below or call (401) 455-6537 to contact our research team.