Clare’s Story

April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

In 2007, Clare, then aged 16, Adelaide, broke down in tears in a singing lesson during the final year of her International Baccalaureate (IB). For some time, Clare had been struggling with feelings of hopelessness and restlessness, but mistakenly assumed this was due to the compounding stress of her studies. Confiding in her singing teacher,…

Kayla’s Story

April 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Full-time forensic science student and musician, Kayla, 19, Melbourne was diagnosed with depression at 14 years of age following a medical issue that significantly compromised her health and wellbeing. The illness took a great toll on Kayla’s daily life, affecting her mood, preventing her from completing her school work, and rendering her unable to secure…

Sean’s Story

April 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

For much of his life, Sean, 29, Melbourne has battled the so-called “black dog.” At age 11, Sean, together with his family, undertook a group psychology session, in order to work through the emotional baggage that was crippling their family dynamic. Despite their best efforts however, by the time Sean celebrated his 13th birthday, his…

Carly’s Story

April 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

In April 2010, while working as a probation officer in London, Carly, then 29, slipped a disc in her back, which rendered her at home, unable to work or exercise. Prior to her injury, Carly had used exercise as a “coping” mechanism, given she had just emerged from a challenging relationship, and a year earlier,…

Leola’s Story

April 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

On November 5, 2010, then 28-year-old marketing manager, Leola, Sydney was in the bathroom at work, when she collapsed and fell to the floor. After waking up eight hours later in hospital, Leola was shocked to learn she had experienced a near-fatal brain aneurysm – a terrifying ordeal which would soon lead to a diagnosis of…

Australian researchers need help to uncover the genes behind depression – Australia’s Science Channel

April 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Australia’s Science Channel developed a great video outlining the aim of the Australian Genetics of Depression Study, and raising awareness about just how important it is for Australian volunteers to participate in the study, in order for the experts to identify genes caused in causing depression, which will allow them the insight required to personalise…

Australian volunteers wanted for groundbreaking genetics of depression study

April 4, 2017 | 1 Comment

Australian scientists are calling for adults who have been treated for clinical depression, to volunteer for the world’s largest and most rigorous genetic investigation into the illness to date. The Australian Genetics of Depression Study is the local arm of a groundbreaking international scientific collaboration designed to detect genetic factors that contribute to clinical depression,…

Anna’s story

April 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

In March 2008, after relocating from Sydney to Canberra to attend university, then 19-year-old Anna found it hard to connect with new people. For the first time in her life, the usually bubbly young woman found herself overcome by loneliness. She nonetheless tried hard to “tough it out at university.” In July 2008, four months…

Unveiling our new website & gearing up for the launch of Australia’s largest genetics of depression study

March 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

As we near the national news media launch of our Australian Genetics of Depression Study set for next Tuesday, April 4, 2017, we’re pleased to unveil our website. Clinical depression is a serious illness that affects physical and mental health. It is characterised by regular and intense feelings of sadness, moodiness or feeling low and…


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