"MoodNetwork is a true partnership between people with mood disorders and clinicians and researchers."
-Andrew Nierenberg, MD,
Principal Investigator, MoodNetwork
If you're one of the millions of people who struggle with depression or bipolar disorder, you know how hard it can be to live with these conditions and how frustrating it can be to find effective treatments. You know how isolated you can feel in a world that still doesn’t understand or accept mood disorders.
If you are someone who has found ways to live successfully with a mood disorder, you have invaluable knowledge and experience that can help others.
Whatever your experience of mood disorders, you have the power to change how we understand and treat depression and bipolar disorder.
How does MoodNetwork work?
- First, by creating a study that brings together people with mood disorders, their families and friends, clinicians, and researchers.
- Second, by gathering a lot of data about depression and bipolar disorder. With this much information, our study can lead to greater understanding and better treatments.
You can be part of the solution.
Who knows the most about depression and bipolar disorder?
No one else knows what it's like to live with the pain, fear, and isolation of depression and bipolar disorder. No one else knows the frustration and despair of going from doctor to doctor, medication to medication, therapist to therapist, because nothing seems to work, or work well enough. No one else knows what it's like to endure the side effects and risks of so many of the treatments available today.
At the same time, no one else knows the strength and resilience it takes to move forward towards hope and wellness. No one knows what works, or what doesn't, better than you.
A collaborative effort to fight mood disorders
It’s an exciting idea: patients, families, doctors, and researchers working together as equal partners in an ambitious new study.
When you join MoodNetwork as a research participant, you’ll be part of a nationwide study to fight mood disorders. You’ll work with doctors and researchers to help shape the direction of research. For perhaps the first time in the history of these illnesses, your experiences, your concerns, and your ideas will take center stage.
Finding the best treatment for you
Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach to treating depression and bipolar disorder, MoodNetwork's goal is to figure out which treatment, therapy, and practice works best for which person.
Imagine walking into a doctor's office and getting a treatment that's been shown to be most effective for your kind of depression or bipolar disorder. This doesn't happen today. But by pulling together the largest pool of data ever collected, we hope our study will bring together enough information about how different treatments and approaches work to allow doctors and other practitioners to provide just that type of care.
You can make a difference
- As a participant in this study, you can help create the largest pool of information ever assembled about these illnesses, a pool that could open the way to new, more effective kinds of care.
- You can participate in research that focuses on how YOU feel about your symptoms and treatment.
- Your experience, concerns and ideas can drive evaluations of current treatments AND research into new treatments, alternative therapies, and lifestyle choices.
- You will have the option to join forums for people with depression and bipolar disorder to communicate with one another, with family members, with doctors, and with researchers.
"I believe that this project will make a difference because for the first time, people who have experienced mood issues are partners in research development."
-Lucinda Jewell, Immediate Past Chair,
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
We're in this for the long haul
We aren’t kidding ourselves. It’s going to take a while to find better treatments for depression and bipolar disorder. But we’re not giving up.