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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

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

Designing mental health research studies with the READ Group

Dr Julie Williams is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Centre for Implementation Science, King’s College London, who is working to support the physical health of those using mental health services. As part of a funding application, Julie recently consulted with our Race and Ethnicity Advisory (READ) Group, which provides researchers with an opportunity to hear the views of individuals from under-represented ethnic communities on conducting mental health research.

 

By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 13 Jun 2022

My research journey: Jemma's story

Jemma is a Service User Research Ambassador at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, which involves promoting the importance of research to the Trust’s service users. She took up the role after taking part in two research studies into psychosis at the Trust. Here she talks about what it was like to be part of research.

By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 16 May 2022

Loneliness – so obviously important but very under-reported

Robert Stewart, Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology at King’s College London and Clinical and Population Informatics Lead at the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre writes about the work of his team to identify loneliness in healthcare records using natural language processing, and how this can help improve our understanding and treatment of mental health.

 

By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 11 May 2022