Youth Studies

If you or adults you know have mental illness, their children may have issues too. 

Below you will find various studies for adolescents (ages 6 to 19). If interested in requesting a prescreening phone call please click on the desired study name or on the ‘Learn More’ button and complete the form in the corresponding page.

If you would like additional information about the studies call:
1-866-4-Study-1 (1-866-478-8391).

Bipolar disorder is a condition in which people go back and forth between periods of very good or irritable mood and depression. The “mood swings” between mania and depression usually last for 2 + weeks.  This mood disorder can be genetic, therefore if adult family members have a history of Bipolar disorder you should look out for the below symptoms on young adults and teenagers:

  • Being disobedient 
  • Doing risky or dangerous things
  • Acting hyper and / or impulsive
  • Breaking rules even after intervention 
  • Moody sad, even tearful
  • Problems with sleep i.e. going to sleep, staying asleep
  • General restlessness 

Schizophrenia is a disorder characterized by distorted perceptions of reality, including hallucinations, delusions and “disorganized” thinking and speech. These thoughts and feelings can be genetic, therefore if adult family members have a history of Schizophrenia you should look out for the below symptoms on young adults and teenagers:

  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Feeling suspicious of others
  • Changes in sleeping or eating patterns
  • Less concerned with appearance, clothes or hygiene
  • Difficulty organizing thoughts or speech
  • Loss of interest in usual activities or lack of motivation and energy
  • Development of unusual ideas or behaviors
  • Unusual perceptions, such as visions or hearing voices (or even seeing shadows)

 

Did you know that the right care for young adults and teenagers after the first psychotic episode decreases later relapses by more than 50%?

Tourette’s and Tics are very common and often go undiagnosed. You’ve probably seen a tic without even realizing it. If a young adult or teen develops tics (an sudden movement or a sound) it can be scary for parents & family members. Tics are common in children and they often seem to come out of nowhere.  You should look out for symptoms like these:

Physical Tics:

  • Shoulder shrugging
  • Eye blinking
  • Lip biting
  • Facial grimacing


Vocal Tics:

  • Clearing of the throat
  • Humming, sniffing, snorting or squealing
  • Repeating words