Menstrually- Related Mood Disorder Screening Protocol

Principal Investigator: Dr. Susan Girdler, Dept. of Psychiatry

Recruitment Length:Ongoing

Study Brief: If you suffer during the week before menstruation from depression, irritability, anxiety or mood swings, and these symptoms interfere with normal functioning or interpersonal relationships, then you may have a menstrually=related mood disorder such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). You may receive diagnostic feedback on your symptoms and study-related medical evaluations in this study.

Women diagnosed in this study with PMS or PMDD may then be eligible to participate in other research studies designed to give treatment and/or monetary compensation.

You may be qualified if the following applies to you:

1) have mood symptoms only premenstrually and not after the onset of menstruation

2) are medically healthy and not currently suffering from some other chronic psychiatric condition

3) are 18 – 50 years of age with regular menstrual cycles

4) are not taking any medications, including antidepressants and birth control pills

Point of Contact: For more information, contact Khanh Nguyen at 919-966-2547 or khanh_nguyen@med.unc.edu

Compensation Available: Up to $520

Additional Information: http://www.psychiatry.unc.edu/wmd/research/pmdd/