What is your child’s telling you?
Has your child been diagnosed with depression? Has your child been struggling with feelings of depression? You may be interested in learning more about clinical research studies for children and adolescents with major depressive disorder (MDD).
Who can participate?
Your child may be able to join the clinical research study he or she:
- Is aged 7 to 17
Has been diagnosed with MDD or has been having feelings of depression for at least the past 6 weeks
- How long will the study last?
If your child is eligible for the Engage 22 clinical research study, his or her participation will last approximately 10 weeks, including 9 visits to the study site.
If your child completes the Engage 22 study, he or she may be eligible to enroll in the follow up clinical research study, during which all study participants will receive the investigational drug.
Depression is more than just feeling a little sad or having a rough day. For someone with depression, the feelings of sadness can last a long time. Depression can affect children and adolescents of all ages.
Young people with depression may show symptoms that seem different from adult symptoms. Children and adolescents who have depression may complain that they don’t feel well, may refuse to go to school, or may worry that a loved one may leave or die. Sudden changes in weight or in sleep patterns may also be signs of depression. Older teenagers may get into trouble at school or show reduced interest in activities they used to enjoy, such as playing sports or spending time with friends.
According to the journal Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, it is estimated that approximately 1 percent to 2 percent of children and 3 percent to 8 percent of adolescents have depression.