GETTING INVOLVED– A PARTICIPANT’S VIEW
Clifford Hayes is 42. He is married with a son of 9 months.
He has lived with an anxiety disorder since he was 17 years
old. He believes that the death of his father triggered
the onset of his mental illness.
“The first time I attended the CNRC was last year
for a study on memory which involved being scanned using
fMRI. I was interested in finding out how the medication
worked on specific parts of the brain. It was then that
I started talking to Prof. Sharma about doing my own personal
research on this study and my illness. I am now preparing
a presentation for the Mind Annual Conference in March 2004.
This will be my own personal view on whether the medication
improves brain function. I came to the conclusion that the
medication improved my short-term memory, but had little
effect on my long-term memory.
I have since participated in another trial at the CNRC
along similar lines. My cognition was tested using the Cogtest
battery and I found this quite interesting.”