NIMH Inpatient Research Program

The National Institute of Mental Health conducts an inpatient research program that specializes in the study of schizophrenia. The program is located on the NIH campus at the Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The research protocols vary as do the related risks and benefits to the participants.

Current studies focus on the neurobiological, cognitive, and genetic basis of schizophrenia. Qualifying adults who suffer from this disorder are invited to stay at NIMH without charge while they voluntarily participate in protocols. Every inpatient protocol requires that volunteers complete an initial thorough neurological, medical, psychiatric and neurocognitive evaluation. Volunteers may participate in different studies. A current 6 month evaluation study involves a (carefully monitored) 4-6 week period without medication. Other protocols involve the addition of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medications to the volunteers’ own medications. These clinical trials evaluate whether memory and other cognitive abilities can be improved by medications that regulate the activity of the frontal cortex.

All studies give participants access to the NIMH diagnostic expertise, careful medication management, and a variety of therapeutic and educational programs and comprehensive discharge recommendations. Research participation is compensated and travel and lodging assistance is available.

If you are interested in learning about the current studies and whether they may or may not be suitable for you or your family member, please call the schizophrenia referral line at 1-888-674-6464 (TTY: 1-866-411-1010) or email us at

Diagnostic Patterns

Following is a study comparing Latinos, African Americans, and Americans of European ethnicity and the diagnosis they received when seeking mental health treatment.  African Americans were more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia spectrum disorders.  Latinos were more likely to receive a diagnosis of Major Depression.

Diagnostic Patterns

Submitted by: Darrell H.

Fantastic Program-Mind on the Edge

This is a fantastic program representing the various perspectives and extraordinary and unique challenges facing all impacted by severe mental illness.  SARDAA has contacted the campaign requesting to join their quest to educate.  We have requested authorization to link with their website, as well.  If anyone would like to use the program to show others and open a discussion, they will help you do that.

Link to the web site for a PBS special on mental illness.

The above link also offers an audio version of the program and a transcript.  To access them look at the lower right of the page on the above link,