Teenage Worry Research Study
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh want to learn more about the teenage brain. Your teen may qualify to join a compensated study and further knowledge surrounding brain function as it relates to worry.
Teenage Worry Research Study
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh want to learn more about the teenage brain. Your teen may qualify to join a compensated study and further knowledge surrounding brain function as it relates to worry.
Facts About Our Study
The University of Pittsburgh is conducting a research study evaluating brain function and worry in teens

Teenagers between 12-17 years old

Feels worried often

Able to participate in an MRI scan
Does NOT have neurological, neuromuscular, or other serious medical conditions
Study Background
Worrying is defined as feeling uneasy or being overly concerned about a situation or problem. With chronic or severe worrying, your mind and body go into overdrive as you constantly focus on what might happen.

Even though worry is a symptom that contributes to anxiety disorders, little is known about what brain functions are affected by chronic or severe worry.

Our study examines how anxiety and worry can affect brain function. Findings could lead to better interventions for people with chronic and severe worry and prevention of depression in at-risk individuals.
Additional Information
Why is this study being done?
Researchers aim to learn more about how feeling worried impacts brain function in teenagers. The findings of this study could lead to better prevention of depression in at-risk individuals and better interventions for those who experience chronic or severe worry.
Is this study for me and my child?
Your teen may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria:

Eligibility Criteria:
  • 12 to 17 years of age
  • Feels worried often

Must NOT be with a:
  • Diagnosis of a neurological, neuromuscular, or serious medical condition
  • Diagnosis of Autism
  • Taking a medication that affects the central nervous system
  • Pregnant
  • Breastfeeding
What will happen if my child or I participate in this study?

Participation involves:


Completing questionnaires

Answering questions about worry

An fMRI scan measuring you or your teen's brain activity during some computer tasks

Will there be compensation provided for being in this research study?
You will be compensated for your participation.
Will it cost anything to participate in this study?
There is no cost to participate in this study.