Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get paid to participate in MoodNetwork?

We can’t pay you for participating in MoodNetwork. However, at some future date, you could be paid if you are invited to join a research study that pays its participants.

Will I receive new treatments?

We hope the data we collect will lead to more effective treatments, including treatments designed for specific kinds of depression and bipolar disorder. As new treatments develop, your doctor, therapist, or other clinician will be able to determine if they're appropriate for you.

Can I refer others to MoodNetwork?

Yes. Please tell friends and family members who suffer from depression or bipolar disorder about MoodNetwork. Our goal is to bring together more than 50,000 people so that we can transform the way we understand and treat these illnesses.

Can I participate in MoodNetwork if I’m depressed but do not take medication?

Absolutely. We want to get a real cross section of our community. If you have or have ever had symptoms of depression or bipolar disorder, we invite you to join MoodNetwork—whether you receive traditional treatments, alternative therapies, or no treatment at all.

What if I consider myself “well” or cured of depression or bipolar disorder? Do you still want me to participate?

Yes. We want to know what you’ve done and continue to do to stay well.

What do I have to do to join MoodNetwork?

Joining MoodNetwork is easy. All you have to do is sign up with your email address and answer a few questions about you, like how old you are, what state you live in, and whether or not you have experienced depression or bipolar disorder,

Why do I have to give you my email address?

We ask for your email address the first time you log in to MoodNetwork so that we can be sure you're a real person rather than a computer or someone using a made-up name.  When we receive your email address, we’ll email you a personalized link to the registration page so you can register as a member.

How will the information I give you be used?

The information you give us is to help us better understand your experience of living with a mood disorder so that we can identify and develop better treatments for these conditions. For example, we might discover that 5,000 MoodNetwork members feel better when they track their moods with a particular program on their cell phone. We could then share this information with other members.

How can I be sure that unauthorized people won’t be able to see my information?

All information you share with us will be securely stored in a database behind Massachusetts General Hospital’s firewall.  All systems are regularly scanned and monitored to prevent unauthorized access.

I don’t like research studies and don’t want to be part of one. Why should I join?

MoodNetwork is not an ordinary research study—it’s a network of people with mood disorders who are committed to finding better treatments. If you join, you’ll be able to share your experiences with other people who struggle with these conditions. You’ll be able to join forums where you can ask questions and get answers from doctors and other clinicians. You’ll be able to get feedback on how you’re doing right now and over time. While you may be invited to join other research studies, there is absolutely no requirement that you do so.