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 may last for long periods of time (weeks, months or even years), often with little, or no identifiable reason.
Due to the serious effects that clinical depression can have on Australians living with the illness, and their respective networks, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute is looking to find new insights and ways to tackle, and ultimately cure the illness. Part of this is getting to the root cause.
QIMR Berghofer is leading the Australian arm of the research study which aims to learn more about the genetic drivers of clinical depression, and the genetic factors that influence the effectiveness of various clinical depression treatments, to enable us to find new and better treatments.
If you, or someone you know or love has been treated for clinical depression, and wish to contribute to our landmark study, head to our website – www.geneticsofdepression.org.au – today, share our content, and follow us on Facebook @geneticsofdepressionAU or Twitter @depressionAU.