Help research into anxiety and depression by signing up to its biggest ever study
25 July 2019
It’s an increasingly hectic world; filled with ever growing pressures at work, at home, or with health and one in three people in the UK will experience depression and anxiety.
A new study supported by Southend Hospital is helping
researchers understand its genetic links, and you could be a part
of this important research.
Southend University Hospital are supporting the largest ever
study on anxiety and depression, called the GLAD study (Genetic
Links to Anxiety and Depression). The study is being run by the
National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Mental Health
BioResource and researchers at King's College London and is seeking
40,000 volunteers to take part in it.
Research has shown that 30-40% of the risk of depression and
anxiety is genetic, the GLAD study wants to better understand these
genetic links and how they interact with the environment so that
more effective treatments can be developed.
Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a
few days. There are many symptoms of depression, including low
mood, feelings of hopelessness, low self-esteem, lack of energy and
problems with sleep. The more symptoms someone has, the more
likely they are to be depressed.
Anxiety is a feeling of unease; everyone has feelings of anxiety
at some point in their life, at a job interview or having a medical
test for example. That's perfectly normal, but some people find it
hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more
constant and can often affect their daily lives.
Dr Paula Harman, Principal Investigator for the study at the
hospital, helped put these issues in context. She said: "Depression
and anxiety has an impact on the lives of so many people. For the
first time at Southend Hospital, we are able to offer those people
who are affected an opportunity to take part in research focussed
on learning more about these problems.
"We are really excited for people to take part in the GLAD study
and make a difference for future generations of people. Supporting
the study means supporting a search for better and more effective
treatments for the future, and therefore improving the lives of
those people currently suffering."
The study consists of filling in an online questionnaire, which
takes 30-60 minutes to complete, and supplying a saliva sample in a
kit sent to the homes of those taking part.
Anyone who is interested in joining the study can do it by
contacting Dr Paula Harman by email at email@example.com.
To be eligible to take part you must be aged over 16 and have
experienced clinical levels of depression and/or anxiety at some
point in your life.