Mood Disorders Research Program
The UCLA Mood Disorders Research Program (MDRP) focuses on exploring the etiology of mood disorders through neuroimaging, evaluating factors associated with vulnerability to mood episodes, and finding new treatment options for individuals suffering from mood disorders.
Our research programs are focused on bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and depression specific to women's life phases (such as pregnancy, postpartum, perimenopause and menopause).
The MDRP was established in 1995 by the UCLA Department of Psychiatry with a mission to cultivate a better understanding of mood disorders through research. Through a diverse group of treatment studies, observational studies and neuroimaging studies, the MDRP has established itself as a leader in the research of the etiology, neurobiology and treatment of mood disorders.
The Program works in tandem with the renowned Mood Disorders Clinic and Women’s Life Center. This interdisciplinary approach enriches the experience and knowledge of the clinical & research staff and patients alike.
Study finds that few receive appropriate treatment for disorders:
Though effective treatments are available for individuals suffering from chronic depression and anxiety, very little is known about how often these treatments are used or how prevalent these conditions are among the nation's general population. But in a first-of-its-kind study, UCLA researchers have developed estimates for both the prevalence of chronic psychiatric illness in the general population and how often individuals suffering from such illnesses receive appropriate treatment.