Research into the causes and effects of depression and related illnesses is an important part of our mission and Aware has identified three opportunities in this area for 2012. One of the pieces of research that we are supporting from January 2012 is Cognition in Remitted Depression (Ana Jelovac, St. Patrick’s University Hospital).
The study aims to investigate memory function in people who have experienced depression in their life but who are currently well. We hope to determine whether there are differences in memory performance between people with a history of depression and those without. We are also interested in people’s subjective experience of depression and how it relates to memory. The study involves completing some straightforward depression assessments and memory tasks.
Note that we are not carrying out, or paying for, the research: this is an academic project that we are publicising. This involves posting information to our website and making fliers available at our face-to-face support groups. Aware’s Clinical Director has reviewed this proposal and identified it as an ethical and appropriate project to support in this way.