It is very important for people to be aware how much medical information can be distorted by the press. A good example is the recent release of information on anti-depressant drugs I [posted] on. Well meaning journalists misinterpreted the results and misinformed the public that only half people taking anti-depressants benefited from them. In fact, the truth was the response to medications was “robust” and referred only to initial attempts at a first prescriptions.
NewMood is a large study of depression and we are looking for the general public to help us with this research. Anyone can take part whether or not they have ever suffered from depression. We will use questionnaires, sent out by post, to ask about personality and life experiences. This website has shorter online versions of some of the tasks in the study. Try them out – they’re fun!
[Mentally ill more likely victim than perp] Researchers at the university’s Feinberg School of Medicine say more than one-fourth of individuals with severe mental illness were victims of violent crime during 2004 — a rate nearly 12 times that of the general population. Depending on the type of violent crime, prevalence was six to 23 times greater among people with severe mental illness than among the general population, said lead author Linda Teplin, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Feinberg.