September 30, 1996

Media Contacts: Sarah Goodwin, 404/727-3366 - sgoodwi@emory.edu
Kathi Ovnic, 404/727-9371 - covnic@emory.edu

Researchers in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine are seeking volunteers for a number of studies testing drug treatments for depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and trichotillomania (an irresistible urge to pull hair out, resulting in noticeable hair loss).

The studies are open to both men and women with these conditions who are age 18 and older. Pregnant or nursing women will be excluded. The studies will last an average of three months. Qualified participants will receive psychiatric evaluations and medications at no charge.

Researchers also are studying the sexual side effects associated with taking psychiatric agents known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Prozac, Zoloft, Luvox and Paxil are examples of these drugs. Men and women ages 18-65 who are experiencing sexual side effects from one of the SSRIs may qualify for participation.

Call 404/727-8968 for information on any of the studies.

For more general information on The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, call Health Sciences News and Information at 404-727-5686, or send e-mail to hsnews@emory.edu.

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