We've recently had two more papers published based on the research that you all participated in.
This paper used advanced statistical models to find that depression, anxiety, and sexual problems are part of the same family of disorders for men and women, and this paper found that there were no causal relationships between these disorders; instead, they all appeared to be caused by a single shared underlying factor.
Discovering a shared factor between depression, anxiety, and sexual problems is exciting. It tells us a lot about how and why these problems are related. It provides a direction for future research that will help us to diagnose and treat the disorders more effectively because we know they aren’t categorically separate groups of disorders, and there aren’t any clear causal relationships between them. More specifically, we now know that they share a common vulnerability. This tells us that if someone reports symptoms of depression and anxiety, we also need to ask about sexual problems, and vice versa, and also that these symptoms need to be treated together. The next step will be to learn how we can target the underlying vulnerability through new programs that treat symptoms of depression, anxiety, and sexual problems at the same time.
I'm now working as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the USA at the University of Minnesota. My current research focus is on learning more about how and why mental disorders are closely related to one another, and how we can use this information to help diagnose and treat them more effectively.
I'll keep you all posted :)