A new study in Tayside is aiming to understand how the decisions people make are affected by apathy, which shows as a loss of energy, loss of creativity or less desire to act.
Research into other brain conditions suggests a link between apathy and a brain chemical called serotonin. This study wants to test the link between apathy and serotonin by recruiting people prescribed a specific type of antidepressant, known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). These medications affect the level of serotonin in the brain, so might result in a pattern of decision-making that is like the pattern of people with apathy.
We are recruiting adults with an SSRI prescription, who would be willing to come to Ninewells Hospital for an interview with the study doctor, and then play a decision-making game on a computer. The visit lasts approximately 60-90 minutes.
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