Depression treatment misses mark
People with clinical depression are managing the illness with a hit-and-miss approach, mixing medications that do not always work.
First data from the world’s biggest genetic investigation of clinical depression showed genetic profiling would help provide more effective individualised treatments to people with depression.
The Australian Genetics of Depression Study found more than two-thirds of Australians with depression used multiple anti-depressants to treat their illness.
Research author and University of Sydney Brain and Mind Centre health and policy co-director Ian Hickie said the medical industry had reached its limit of knowledge in treating clinical depression.
Liz Nissen, 25, a hospitality worker and honours student, has battled clinical depression all her life, but chooses to manage it through lifestyle choices.
“Anti-depressants only work on a small portion of patients and for some they can make the depression worse,” she said.
“I have learnt non-medical ways to handle my depression, through lots of exercise, a healthy diet, regular sleep, a healthy social life and being aware of your illness.”