Depression: The burden of carrying on with life demands and expectations when we are depressed is very overwhelming. You don’t feel like it, but you must keep going. Jobs, school, family and societal expectations might be willing to give you a break for a day or two, but you will not be totally forgiven. You might be willing to drag your feet and keep going for a few miles, but complete shutdown becomes inevitable.
CincyScience is diligently working with many partners to research and develop currently available medications to see if they could be helpful to other psychiatric issues. They are also trying new lines of medications to replace the once available medications that have proven to be unhelpful or resulted in intolerable side effects. Participants in these research programs will receive extensive psychiatric, medical and social evaluation to determine the impact of the variable of productivity and the ability to cope. Once assessment is completed participants get enrolled in the research program and are evaluated weekly for close monitoring.
Schizophrenia: The lack of available psychiatric medications that are helpful, without imposing great difficulty with side effects, is yet a dream to come true to many patients and families. The illness is very serious as it “hijacks” patients’ thoughts, perceptions and behaviors, and aggressively hits every domain of an individual’s functions.
The course of multiple psychiatric hospitalizations, and the poor compliance with medications once discharged from the hospital leads to frequent relapses. This illness indeed severely impacts individuals and family members.
CincyScience is working with other research and development companies to find newer approaches to treat schizophrenia. Participants in these research programs will be assessed thoroughly for psychiatric, neurological and medical conditions that might relate to the presentation of schizophrenia symptoms. Once enrolled, very close monitoring of the response to medication and the emergency of side effects will be safely handled. Inpatient stay is available for patients who might need 24-hour medical follow-up and assessment during this process.
Bipolar disorder: The lack of consistency of the mood status imposes a great difficulty on patients with bipolar disorder. The mood status dictates thoughts and results in behaviors. The “happy mood” generates happy thoughts and a want to be socially active. The “sad mood” brings self-defeating thoughts of incompetency and isolative, withdrawn behaviors. In both cases, drug abuse might be utilized to alleviate some of these symptoms. Patients might use “downers” like alcohol or benzodiazepines to slow them down when their mood is elevated. Alternatively, they might use “speed”, “cocaine”, or other central nervous system stimulants to cope with the dreadful feeling of misery and self-defeating thoughts.