Participants wanted for new research study on antidepressants

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Deciding when to prescribe antidepressants for a patient is tough. Choosing between the many antidepressant medications available, many of which affect brain chemistry in completely different ways, can be even tougher. What may work miraculously for one person, may be ineffective or even detrimental for another.

Researchers at Trinity College Dublin are interested in finding out why antidepressants work for some people, but not for others. If you are about to start taking an antidepressant, you can help.

The study is led by Dr. Claire Gillan, a professor at Trinity and an adviser to It Gets Brighter, and Dr. Siobhan Harty, a postdoctoral fellow at Trinity. Gillan and Harty are inviting people from all over the world to play laboratory-style games and answer questionnaires about their mental health via the Internet. They hope to use these data to develop a fast and easy tool for doctors to narrow down the possibilities and identify the treatments that are most likely to work for each individual patient.

If you are interested in learning more about the study or participating, click here. You can take part in the study entirely via the Internet.