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The GEM Lab

Participating Families

What is depression?

Depression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods. True clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer. Depression can change or distort the way you see yourself, your life, and those around you. People who have depression usually see everything with a more negative attitude, unable to imagine that any problem or situation can be solved in a positive way.

Symptoms of depression can include:

  • Agitation, restlessness, and irritability
  • Dramatic change in appetite, often with weight gain or loss
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue and lack of energy
  • Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
  • Feelings of worthlessness, self-hate, and guilt
  • Becoming withdrawn or isolated
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Trouble sleeping or excessive sleeping
  • Depression can appear as anger and discouragement, rather than feelings of sadness.
  • If depression is very severe, there may also be psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations and delusions.

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or have any other mental health concerns, please see our mental health resources tab for more information and references.

Confidentiality

We will make every effort to protect the rights and personal information of you and your family.

 The identities of all our participants are coded by a number, not a name, in order to keep your information confidential. Any paperwork containing your or your child's full name is kept separately in a locked file, and will be destroyed after the study is complete.
All data will be kept in a secured, limited access location. The only people who will have access to data and videotapes will be research staff and other authorized individuals.
Your identity and that of your child will not be revealed in any publication or presentation of the results of this research. Furthermore, once the study is completed, the data and audiotapes will be stored in a secure location for archival purposes.

Participation in this study is completely voluntary. Participants have the right to change their mind and leave the study at any time.