MoodNetwork is a project of Massachusetts General Hospital with international scope, its aim being to find better treatments for depression and bipolar disorder.
It's plan is as follows:
•Create a study that brings together people with mood disorders, their families and friends, clinicians, and researchers from all over the world.
•Gather data about depression and bipolar disorder. With this information, the research study aims to gererate a greater understanding of mood disorders together with better treatments.
Joining MoodNetwork is easy, all you have to do is register your email and answer a few basic questions. If you are someone who lives with a mood disorder, you are an expert by experience and you bring invaluable thoughts and ideas. If you are a family member or friend of someone with a mood disorder, you bring a unique and helpful perspective. This can help MoodNetwork to achieve its aims.
You can follow MoodNetworks on Facebook at facebook.com/MoodNetwork
How you contribute to the MoodNetworks project is up to you. You can communicate with MoodNetworks clinical team using their forums, blogs, and questions-and-answers. Or you can use their "trackers," tools, and surveys to help you assess how you're doing and see what (if any) symptoms of depression and/or mania you or someone that you know may be experiencing. By using these tools, you'll be able to create your own personal history of your symptoms and how you feel over a period of time. The information you share will also help us learn more about mood disorders and how to treat them.
MoodNetwork is now international! If you speak English, you can now join MoodNetwork from any country in the world. Family members and friends of those with mood disorders are now welcome to join. MoodNetwork is still building new tools for you, so please contact them with suggestions.
What kind of research is important to you? You can now share your thoughts on priorities for research on depression and bipolar disorder.
How do you feel about your care? MoodNetworks will be adding a new survey in which you can tell them what works and what doesn't. All surveys, tools, blogs, and forums are completely optional and any information collected will be combined with information from other participants—your name and personal information will not be used.
If you have any questions or need help with any of their forums, blogs, surveys and tools, they will be pleased for you to contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.