Tuesday, August 31, 2010


The Black Dog Institute is recruiting participants for its research study "Melancholic Depression Treatment Trial". A recent article about melancholic depression appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald featuring the Institute's Executive Director, Professor Gordon Parker. "What makes melancholia different from the other types of depression is that the severity of the depression is disproportionately extreme in comparison to the stressor," Parker says. "Once they've had their first episode of depression, patients also seem quite commonly destined to have repeat episodes with virtually no stressors. Professor Parker also says patients with melancholia often have severe physical symptoms. They tend to move slowly, are slumped over, have very little energy (particularly in the morning) and poor concentration.

Find out more about participating in the "Melancholic Depression Treatment Trial"

Read the full article in the Sydney Morning Herald

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