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Medical Edge: Mood Disorder Research

Updated: Friday, January 24 2014, 11:11 PM EST
CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- Sherry Barrett knows the torment of a mood disorder.

"You want to hide, and isolate yourself, you don't want other people to see you like that.  You don't want to see yourself like that, let alone anyone else, it's very humiliating."

Things turned around however, she says, when she found the right treatment team to put her back on the path to good health.

"My life changed the day I saw the word "Hope," I thought that this was something I was going to have to endure for the rest of my life.  And then when I realized that there was hope, and my life didn't have to be like that, everything changed instantly."

Since then she has had quite a journey to recovery and she hopes soon there will even be more treatments to help others.  It's all part of a larger research project that could make a big difference in getting those back on their feet with many of these mood disorders.

Dr. Susan McElroy, a psychiatrist, said, "We have a research program in collaboration with Mayo Clinic where we are developing what's called a Biobank."

The Biobank is a national data bank designed to collect genetic information about those who have mood disorders.

"We carefully assess them, and then we draw blood and we're having it analyzed to see what genes might be underlying this illness as well as different forms of this illness."

Finding these genes could potentially lead to new cures and help more people get to a better place.  Like where Sherry Barrett says she is today.

"It's a very kind place to be, it's very warm.  A soft place to land and it's changed my life forever for the better."

The Super Bowl party which helps support this research is called "Touchdown for Hope."  It's Super Bowl Sunday and you're invited to attend.  Details HERE

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