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Dr Catherine Delin is our research manager, and is a registered (SA) psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Dr Delin holds honorary positions at two South Australian universities, has a qualification in health education and a PhD in psychology.   She has a very strong background in research within psychology, has taught and supervised students for more than 2 decades, and has a long standing interest in the efficacy of different therapies.

We also have on our new website current Research Projects
that are being conducted around Australia.

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Quality of life diminished for Australians with bipolar disorder
New study results from 11th Annual National Health Outcomes Conference
Interim results of the Bipolar Comprehensive Outcomes Study (BCOS) revealed today show that people with bipolar disorder face such difficult issues in their every-day functioning that the condition significantly diminishes their overall quality of life. Career problems, personal relationships and the ability to participate in many day-to-day activities are among the areas affected by the disorder.
Published: 17/08/2005

Clinical Trials
How do you know why a doctor has chosen a particular treatment to give you over another? A hunch? A tip from a colleague? A wild guess?
The answer is, hopefully, because of the evidence that it works. That evidence comes in the form of a clinical trial.
This article is taken from The Health Matters Consumer Guides.
Published: 20/01/2005

Consulting with young people about service guidelines relating to parental mental illness
Information from children of parents with a mental illness was specifically sought in the development of a key document for the Australian Government regarding good practice principles and guidelines for services and people working with these young people and their families. This paper describes one of the consultation phases where young people in the 7 to 20 year age range were asked to comment, via focus groups and peer interviews, on issues raised in an early version of the document. The participants gave suggestions regarding ‘family friendly’ mental health facilities and services and supports that would benefit families and children affected by parental mental illness. The young people reported that additional care-giving responsibilities, communication problems (with service providers and between families), lack of appropriate practical and emotional support (for the person with the illness and for the family), the need for universal education and stigma reduction regarding mental illness were key issus affecting families where a parent has a mental illness. Similar to other studies in this area, the consultation found that supportive adults, siblings or peers, participation in activities, relevant information, ‘time out’, and someone to talk to were factors that helped young people to cope with their parent being unwell.
Elizabeth Fudge and Paola Mason
Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health (AeJAMH), Vol. 3, Issue 2, 2004
ISSN: 1446-7984

Pathways of Recovery: Preventing Relapse
A discussion paper on the role of relapse prevention in the recovery process for people who have been seriously affected by mental illness.
By Debra Rickwood
June 2004

The Evolution of Depression – Does it Have a Role?
Major and minor depression, even post partum depression – could they serve an important evolutionary function? Is depression a biological pathology or an adaptation, critical to our reproductive success and survival as a species? This week, Natasha Mitchell is joined by two evolutionary biologists who argue that our capacity to be depressed has evolved over millennia to help us respond to and cope with difficult social circumstances. It’s a deeply controversial thesis that, they argue, could have implications for how we read and treat depression in a therapeutic setting. But critics are concerned about what these implications might be.
All In The Mind, Radio National
Saturday 15 January  2005

Defect in Enzyme for Serotonin Synthesis Confers Depression Risk
A genetic mutation that confers a risk for major depression has been identified by researchers at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.
Reuters Health Information 2005

Stigma: The Greatest Barrier In The Prevention of Better Mental Health
December 2004

SADHART Publication for Heartbeat Newsletter
December 2002
Studies were conducted to gain an understanding of the connection between depression heart health. Visitors to depressioNet helped in this research.

Should Depression Be Managed As A Chronic Disease?
17th February 2001
Written by Gavin Andrews.

Researchers Find The Link Between Depression and Heart Attacks
27th August 2002
Australian researchers say they are close to unravelling the relationship between heart attacks and depression, the two leading causes of disability.

Impact Of Depression On Intimate Relationships
June 2002
Three studies were conducted to gain an understanding of the impact that depression has on intimate relationships. Visitors to depressioNet helped in this research.

Depression and suicide of most concern to Australia's youth
Young Australians rank depression and suicide as one of the three most important issues confronting them and their peers, according to a new national youth survey conducted by the community service organisation, Mission Australia.

Psychotherapy can help suicidal patients
Psychotherapy may be a valuable treatment for these patients. This finding could be a first step towards improving the management of suicidal behaviour.

Lack Of Exercise, Depression Could Be Cause Most Fatal Heart Attack Deaths
The well-known link between depression and fatal heart attacks may be mostly a result of lack of exercise by seriously depressed adults, scientists report today.

A Controlled Study of Behviour Inhibition in Children of Parents With Panic Disorder and Depression
(December 2000)

Lithium Sunrise
Research on the effects of lithium and Depakote on the brains of rats and humans. A recent finding yielded the astounding result that lithium "significantly increases total gray matter volume in the human brain of patients with manic-depressive illness."

Depression and Heart Disease
Depression consists of a range of symptoms -- some of which may be more predictive of death for coronary artery disease patients than others, according to a study.

Effects of Melatonin on Sleep
Research showing the benefits of a naturally occuring chemical, Melatonin, and how oral doses can improve sleeping patterns.

New Treatment Could Beat Blues
Researchers at the Stanford University Mood Disorders Clinic are taking part in a nationwide trial designed to help treatment-resistant sufferers of severe depression.

Study Supports Genetic Origins of Manic Depression
A recent study by scientists from the University of Michigan has found a 30% higher concentration of certain signaling cells that may help explain, treat "manic depression"

Classifying Depression: Should Paradigms Lost Be Regained?
Written by: Gordon Parker
This research is from the American Journal of Psychiatry and has been written for those with medical knowledge.
August 2000

Voice Key To Suicide Intention, Study Finds
The voices of people who have decided to commit suicide are higher pitched than those who are merely depressed, a United States study has found.

Depression & Insomnia: Which Comes First?
An abstract of a study conducted to test the hypothesis that, for many people suffering from both depression and insomnia, treating the insomnia successfully without medication can cause the depression to lift as well.

DUKE STUDY: Exercise may be just as effective as medication for treating major depression.
The researchers studied 156 elderly patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) and assigned them to three groups: exercise, medication, or a combination of medication and exercise. To the surprise of the researchers, after 16 weeks all three groups showed statistically significant and similar improvement in measurements of depression.

Cognitive approach to depression and suicidal thinking in psychosis
June 2000
A research study on the correlation of Schizophrenia and depressive symptoms. Published in the British Journal of Psychiatry conducted by the Royal College of Psychaitrists.

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