Pediatric Mood,Imaging, and NeuroDevelopmentProgram

Pedi MIND

Study #3

Irritability In children and teens

mindful teen study

Study #4


Irritability -- or the tendency to be made angry or grumpy -- is the most common reason children are brought in for psychiatric evaluation. It is a symptom of many different psychological disorders, such as bipolar disorder, anxiety, and depression.


Our study is specifically trying to understand the brain mechanisms that might lead to irritability in children. We hope that by learning more about it, we can better treat and diagnose children who struggle with irritability in the future.



  • Kids will play special computer games and have a brain scan
  • Kids will also rate their mood on a mobile device for a period of a 2 weeks.
  

Children will receive a free comprehensive assessment and families will be compensated for their time.

Now enrolling one group of children, ages 13-18: 


  • Teens who have no history of any psychiatric illness.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) holds promise as an intervention for multiple problems characterized by emotional dysregulation, including depression, anxiety, and suicidality.


Our study is specifically trying to determine how Mindful Teen, Bradley Hospital's Dialectical Behavior Therapy program for adolescents, helps reduce these problems. Learn more about the program here.



  • Kids will complete questionnaires and play special computer games.
  • Kids will complete two brain scans and wear a SmartWatch.
  

Children will receive a free comprehensive assessment and families will be compensated for their time.

Now enrolling children and teens, ages 8-16: 


  • .Kids who experience any level of irritability: from little/none at all to severe/all the time


NSSI (self-cutting without wanting to die) is a growing problem whose relationship to making a suicide attempt is poorly understood.  Since suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among children/teens, addressing this problem is really important.


Our study seeks to understand the brain mechanisms separating NSSI kids from kids without psychiatric problems and to determine which of those brain changes predicts which kids will go from NSSI to making a first suicide attempt.  



  • Kids will play special computer games and have a brain scan.
  • Kids will attend six short follow-up visits.
  • Our Goal: To understand how teens who either attempt suicide or self-injure are the same or different, both from each other, but also from teens without those difficulties.
  

Children will receive a free comprehensive assessment and families will be compensated for their time.

Now enrolling two groups of children, ages 11-16:


  • Teens who self-injure (via self-cutting)
  • Teens who have no history of self-injury, a suicide attempt, or any other psychiatric history

Study #2

why kids cut themselves & link to suicide

Now enrolling one group of children, ages 7-17:


  • Kids with Bipolar Disorder (BD)

Study #1


Bipolar disorder is among the most impairing psychiatric illnesses.  Despite our best treatments, bipolar disorder is associated with high rates of suicide, psychiatric hospitalization, and school/family problems.

Our study is designed to "retrain the brain" in bipolar disorder--meaning--to see if a new video game can improve brain function and ultimately reduce the symptoms of bipolar disorder.



  • Kids will play special computer games twice a week for eight weeks.
  • Kids will have a brain scan before and after the eight week gaming period.
  • Children do NOT need to stop ongoing treatment in order to participate.
  • Our Goal: To see if these computer games can help "retrain the brain."
  

Children will receive a free comprehensive assessment and families will be compensated for their time.

retrain the brain in bipolar kids (aka "cogflex study")

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