Depression is a mental health issue that affects one in five people at some stage of their lives. Depression symptoms include feeling sad, down or miserable most of the time, losing interest or pleasure in most of your usual activities, changes in weight, appetite, and sleep patterns, poor concentration, lack of energy, and difficulty thinking. At QIMR Berghofer, we undertake research into the causes, diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders.
Our research focuses on:
- understanding the genetics of families who have a high risk of depression
- mood and anxiety (including Major Depressive Disorder) – what causes them, why they run in families and how to better diagnose them.
Genetics of risk and response to treatment of depression
The purpose of this research project is to identify specific genetic risk factors associated with risk of depression, as well as factors associated with response to treatment. We hope that this research will help us learn more about depression and the factors influencing why various treatments are successful for some people and not others. Read more.