Stimulating the brain with a weak electrical current is a safe and effective treatment for depression and could have other surprise benefits for the body and mind, a major Australian study has found.
UNSW scientists will receive $18 million for research into early onset dementia and mood disorders, Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek announced during a visit to the University.
Researchers will for the first time harness e-technology to develop a customised internet program to identify young people most at risk of depression before the illness takes hold.
Eight out of ten Australians would radically change their risky behaviour if tests showed they had a genetic susceptibility to depression, a national study has found.
A new, non-invasive treatment for depression that delivers barely perceptible electric currents to the scalp has had promising results in a Sydney trial, and researchers are now looking for participants for a follow up study.
Laser acupuncture is a plausible treatment for depression and other mental disorders, UNSW researchers have shown for the first time.
Professor of Psychiatry Gordon Parker is leading an international campaign to have the serious mood disorder melancholia recognised as an illness in its own right.
Researchers have shown online treatments are just as effective as face-to-face therapies for a wide range of common mental disorders.
New developments in research into depression and other mental disorders will be discussed at a major symposium at UNSW next week.
UNSW and The Black Dog Institute are seeking participants for a trial of a new, non-invasive form of brain stimulation therapy for depression, known as Direct Current Stimulation (DCS).