The Australian Scientists Cracking the Genetic Code of Clinical Depression

Two-thirds of Australians with clinical depression have used multiple antidepressants to manage their condition, the nation’s largest study on depression has found. More than 10,000 adults living with the mental illness have so far enrolled in the Australian Genetics of Depression Study and researchers have released some of the preliminary data. Lead investigator Nick Martin at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute says the data highlights that current treatments are …

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Alcohol May Not Help: Alcohol’s Impact on Your Mental Health

By Jesse Viner, MD Alcoholism is common among people suffering from mental health conditions. People experiencing anxiety, depression, impulsivity, or other diagnosable mental illnesses often turn to alcohol to find temporary solace. Additionally, people who do not have a mental health diagnosis, yet are encountering a phase of overwhelming emotions, drink dangerously. For example, while struggling with the aftermath of trauma, such as physical or sexual abuse, people drink to …

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Feeling down: when does a mood become a disorder?

By Gordon Parker and Amelia Paterson We’ve all felt sad, anxious or down at one time or another, but where does the normal experience of emotion end and the clinical picture of a mood or anxiety disorder begin? Psychiatry has two widely used classificatory systems that provide definitions of “clinical” states of such emotions as differentiated from “normal” states – the World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Diseases and the …

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Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression seek Study Participants

Researchers at the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD) and the University of New South Wales are seeking participants for a study investigating beliefs, imagery, and behaviour. Are you someone who is currently, or who was in the past, bothered by intrusive thoughts or images that you find difficult to control? Do you currently, or did you in the past, find yourself repeating certain behaviours (checking, washing, counting) …

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