Australian research will look into the different ways mental health professionals can diagnose and treat depression.
Professor Christopher Sharpley, from the University of New England’s Brain-Behavior Research Group, said a person can qualify for a diagnosis of major depressive disorder in nearly 1500 different ways. He said this probably explains why general treatments such as anti-depressants work in only about 50 per cent of cases.
“We are trying to diagnose depression in more detail than just the total score from a simple set of questions or interview, to look at aspects of the depression itself,” he said.
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