UK’s largest study into depression

The UK’s largest mental health study has recently launched in an effort to discover the ‘Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression’ (GLAD).

Researchers are currently looking for 40,000 participants with either depression or anxiety to enrol and provide DNA samples.

The study aims to investigate how genes can influence the development of anxiety and depression.

The researchers at Kings College London and the National Institute for Health Research want to establish the largest database of volunteers as possible to be part of this pioneering mental health research.

The GLAD study is open to anyone in England aged 16 and over who has experienced clinical anxiety and/or depression.

One in three people during their lifetime will experience symptoms of at least one of the two conditions, separate research has found.

Psychological therapies and drug treatment such as anti-depressants are continuously increasing, however only half of people respond well to existing treatment options.

Those that suffer from mental health symptoms can also experience relationship and employment issues, a poor quality of life and even suicide, it has been warned.

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