depressioNet is committed to supporting research into any aspect of depression & related conditions. Please consider participating in one of the following projects that need our participation and support. For more information on any of these projects visit www.depressionet.com.au/research_project.html
THE POSITIVE DIMENSION OF DEPRESSION
Women in their second or third trimester of pregnancy are invited to participate in research examining positive psychological functioning, how this can be measured, and how it might be used to better prevent and treat depression.
SELF-REFERENT COGNITION IN DEPRESSED AND EUTHYMIC MOOD STATES
This exciting new study is being conducted from Monash University in Melbourne and aims to contribute to the understanding, prevention and treatment of depression and other emotional problems.
BIPOLAR AFFECTIVE DISORDER AND UNIPOLAR DEPRESSION STUDY
People with bipolar affective disorder, unipolar (major) depression and their family members are invited to participate in a study conducted by the University of Melbourne, Department of Psychiatry at the Austin Hospital in Heidelberg. You will need to attend 2 sessions between 7pm and 3am. This study is investigating the response of a hormone (melanotic) to bright light, which may in the future be a useful diagnostic tool for identification of people at risk for bipolar disorder.
CONFIDENCE IN CONTROLLING BENZODIAZEPINES QUESTIONNAIRE
If you are currently being prescribed benzodiazepines, you can help us find out what situations make it easier or harder for people to cut down or quit benzodiazepine use by completing a questionnaire.
DEPRESSION AND HEART DISEASE STUDY
This study being conducted by Dr. David Barton at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne is seeking to learn more about the relationship between depression and heart disease. It needs people who are able to visit The Alfred Hospital and The Royal Melbourne Hospital for treatment for approximately 10 weeks.
SUPPORT AND EDUCTION PROGRAM FOR BIPOLAR DISORDER OR DEPRESSION
This study needs people who can commit to attending eight (8) sessions at the Mood Disorders Unit, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick NSW. It aims to explore the theory that when people have adequate knowledge about their illness they are more confident to deal with their diagnosis and communicate with family and friends.
AUGMENTATION OF AN ANITDEPRESSANT
This study is being conducted by Professor Gordon Parker from The Mood Disorders Unit - Black Dog Foundation and needs people who live in Sydney, have a first or new episode of depression requiring treatment, and have either never previously received an antidepressant drug or not have received an antidepressant drug in the last three months.
TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION (TMS) A NEW TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION
The physical treatments currently available for depression are antidepressant medications and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), both of which are helpful to many people. A third option is transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). This is currently only offered through research studies such as this one!
MENTAL HEALTH LITERACY AND HELP SEEKING QUESTIONNAIRE
This research project can be completed via online questionnaires. The study aims to examine whether knowledge and attitudes about mental illness is a predictor of help seeking for psychological distress. Friends and family needed too!
A NEW SCALE FOR BIPOLAR DEPRESSION
The Geelong Hospital and Healthscope are seeking people who have current depressive symptoms of Bipolar Affective Disorder (“Manic Depression”) to participate in a new project.
THE RELATIONSHIP OF EXERCISE TYPE TO DEPRESSION
The following study is being conducted by a depressioNet team member and needs people who are between 18 and 80 years old and have either participated in a form of exercise recently or have not participated in any exercise recently.
Here for you – 24 hours a day!
I recently met a wonderful lady who is committed to helping people to overcome the challenges of living with depression in the work she does daily. In a follow up email, this lady shared something she reminds people to do – and as we all tend to judge ourselves so much more harshly than we do others, I think it is a reminder we all can use…
“I will be handing out advice to visit your site and encouraging people to find what works for them and to accept depression as the illness that it is. I find myself reminding people to be kind to themselves, to imagine that it is their best friend who is suffering and follow the advice they would give to them.”
Also remember, there is a Team member behind the screens at depressioNet 24 hours a day. If there is anything that we can do to help you in anyway, please let us know: team@depressioNet.com.au
Leanne & the Team at depressioNet