How safe is it to undergo a Clinical Trial for treatment of mental health (esp. neuropsychiatric) problems?

Certain, especially psychiatric disorders may not have exact established medication, and in most cases calls for clinical trials.

Clinical trials are research studies performed in people that are aimed at evaluating a medical, surgical, or behavioral intervention. They are the primary way that researchers find out if a new treatment, like a new drug or diet or medical device (for example, a pacemaker) is safe and effective in people. Often a clinical trial is used to learn if a new treatment is more effective and/or has less harmful side effects than the standard treatment.

As a mental health patient, how can I be sure about the safety of my health while I undergo a clinical trial. I appreciate your guidance!

Thank you,


Regular User Asked on September 21, 2018 in Mental Health.
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I think that most clinical trials are safe, and mental health clinical trials too. With the current high level of medical regulations and scrutiny specially from the FDA, I don’t think any medical organization would take the risk to arm patients in a clinical trial. There might be failed clinical trials and potential negative side effects, but nothing to hurt a candidate badly. I never heard of clinical trials candidate dying or being injured. Also, most of the time, clinical trials candidates are so desperate for a solution to their mental health issues that most of the candidates are ready to try anything. I don’t think safety is an issue in a clinical trial.

I would be interested and curious to read other members point of view. Thank you !

Super User Answered on September 22, 2018.
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Hmm… Interesting question! I’ve always wondered about this topic, how exactly are side effects quantified to ensure that they are minimal and will not impose much danger to a patient (before the trial is performed). I’d also definitely love to read about others opinions. Thank you!

Regular User Answered on September 24, 2018.
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