Dual diagnosis studies

Mood disorders associated with general medical conditions

In previous studies it has been found that many asthma patients with severe symptoms often suffer from depression as well. We are interested in looking at the impact of antidepressant treatment on asthma and depression symptoms.

Mood disorders with comorbid substance abuse

Many people with mood or other psychiatric disorders use drugs and/or alcohol to self-medicate. This is especially true of individuals with bipolar disorder. Our ongoing studies in this area examine whether certain medications / nutritional supplements can both curb cravings for these substances and help stabilize mood symptoms.

  • We are not currently enrolling for these studies.

Corticosteroid Studies

Our group is interested in researching how long-term corticosteroid therapy affects brain activity and function. Our group recently completed a project examining different aspects of the hippocampus (volume, biochemistry, and functioning) in patients receiving chronic prednisone therapy. A significant amount of our research examines if there are medications available that can prevent the common corticosteriod side effects of memory impairment and manic/hypomanic symptoms.