Clinical depression is highly prevalent in youth, and associated with significant burden and increased risk of suicide. Current treatments for youth depression produce only modest outcomes on average, and therefore many help-seekers symptoms are not effectively treated. To address this, this project will evaluate an intervention to improve outcomes of treatment for youth depression. The intervention targets a known difficulty in depression in retrieving specific and detailed memories of past experiences. The ability to do this is central in important processes such as planning, problem-solving, socialising, and regulating emotions. The project will evaluate whether adding a computerised, automated intervention to help improve memory specificity (Memory Specificity Training) will improve outcomes for depressed youth receiving treatment at mental health services.
All participants will receive their usual care at participating mental health services, but half will be randomly chosen to also receive Memory Specificity Training. The predicted outcomes are lower rates of depressive disorder, less severe symptoms, and improve memory specificity in the group that receives Memory Specificity Training. We will monitor outcomes after the intervention, and at follow-up points of 3 and 6 months
Co-Investigators: Professor David Austin, Dr Keisuke Takano, Professor Filip Raes & A/Professor Mathew Fullur-Tyszkiewicz