The Immunopsychiatry Clinic is based at the East Brighton Community Mental Health Centre and led by Dr Neil Harrison.
The clinic aims to focus on developing personalised therapies for people with treatment-resistant depression who have (or are believed to have) raised inflammation. People will be seen for a period of up to six months and during this time blood tests may be used to guide choice of medications.
Recent studies have shown that people with raised inflammation tend to respond poorly to Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibiters (SSRIs), one of the most commonly prescribed types of antidepressants. On the other hand, they appear to respond better to medicines that act on noradrenaline or dopamine.
All patients who attend the clinic will continue to receive their usual care from their Assessment and Treatment service.