04 December 2014
Transcranial direct current stimulation delivered by an expert offers an effective and safe alternative treatment for depression, write Colleen Loo and Kerrie-Anne Ho.
07 October 2014
Falls are common in elderly people but the risk increases markedly when they have depressive symptoms and use antidepressants, new research shows.
15 August 2014
Depression, alcohol and drug dependence are indiscriminate killers. It doesn’t matter how wealthy, funny or beautiful you are, write Katherine Mills, Frances Kay-Lambkin and Maree Teesson.
10 June 2014
A drug traditionally used as an anaesthetic and sometimes used recreationally could be effective in preventing suicide in severely depressed patients, says a UNSW academic who has trialled the drug.
19 May 2014
New Australian research demonstrates the potential public health impact of mental health prevention programs delivered in the workplace.
13 May 2014
A new resource is being launched to tackle mental health problems among people with an intellectual disability and to improve the system that is currently failing them.
01 October 2013
Researchers at UNSW are conducting the first ever trial of a brief online intervention to treat combined depression and alcohol misuse in young people.
22 May 2013
Thousands of children with the most common health complaints, including asthma and diabetes, will be part of a UNSW study assessing the suitability of healthcare.
03 April 2013
Widespread confusion about what constitutes grief, ‘normaI’ depression and clinical depression risks being exacerbated under psychiatry's new classification system, Scientia Professor Gordon Parker warns.
23 January 2013
Harnessing genetic science to head off major depressive disorder, the world’s leading cause of disability, is fraught with controversy, writes Dr Alex Wilde.
07 January 2013
A world-first study is under way looking at the genetic predisposition of some people to become depressed after bereavement.
14 December 2012
Ketamine may be useful as an antidepressant in urgent situations – where the patient is seriously depressed and acutely suicidal – and where other treatments have failed, writes Colleen Loo.
02 October 2012
At least one in three patients with depression won’t respond well to a series of treatments and specialists in the field have joined together to outline practical treatments to tackle the issue.
18 September 2012
UNSW research shows a dramatic reduction in both depression and suicidal thoughts in patients who participated in a study involving internet cognitive behaviour therapy.
23 July 2012
People with anxiety and depression can now receive mental health support on the go with the launch of a 24-hour mobile phone and iPad-based mood and behavioural monitoring tool.
07 June 2012
Ketamine is being trialled in people with severe depression and is providing almost instant relief from symptoms, offering fresh hope of a quick new way to manage the illness at its worst.
07 March 2012
A unique program that equips teachers to better help young people with mental health issues will be rolled out to high schools across Australia, thanks to the Black Dog Institute and nib foundation.
06 March 2012
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.
15 December 2011
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.
02 November 2011
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.
02 August 2011
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.
05 April 2011
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.
17 September 2010
Laser acupuncture is a plausible treatment for depression and other mental disorders, UNSW researchers have shown for the first time.
19 March 2010
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.
01 September 2009
Researchers have shown online treatments are just as effective as face-to-face therapies for a wide range of common mental disorders.