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Depression: low serotonin may not be the cause – but antidepressants still work

A recent study found inconsistent evidence linking the neurotransmitter serotonin to depression. In an article for The Conversation, the authors of the study concluded that it is impossible to say that taking SSRI antidepressants is worthwhile. But is it safe to conclude that serotonin is not involved in depression or that modern antidepressants aren’t helpful in treating the condition?

 

By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 25 Jul 2022

People with depression “stagnating” in primary care, says top UK Psychiatrist

A new study from researchers supported by the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre has found “substantial and concerning” gaps in the level of care being provided to people with depression. It also warns that those able to access care are “stagnating” in a system that results in their illness persisting for longer than it should.

By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 11 Jul 2022

We need to put equity at the heart of pain management

Research is showing that persistent pain is a complex experience that has unequal impacts. In this blog Dr Whitney Scott, Lecturer in Clinical Health Psychology at King’s College London and Clinical Psychologist at the INPUT Pain Unit, part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, draws on her work to explore how we can move toward greater equity in pain management.

By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 11 Jul 2022

#BePartOfResearch campaign: Our activity

TrialBlazers, a two-week campaign led by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), took place earlier this month. It recognised those who volunteer to take part in health and care research and called on people across the UK to take part in research. 

By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 31 May 2022

Making referrals to the AVATAR2 trial: An interview with Dr Helen Harding

The AVATAR2 trial is a multi-centre study of therapy aiming to help people who hear distressing voices by enabling them to build an avatar to represent the owner of the voice. Referrers play a pivotal role by recommending participants take part in the trial. Here Clinical Psychologist, Dr Helen Harding, talks about the referral process and how she sees the research benefitting patients in the short and long term. Dr Harding is a Clinical Psychologist in Lambeth Community Services.

By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 20 May 2022