In other news, our first paper in this area of research is currently being published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior. We're hoping that this will be the beginning of some big changes for the way that depression, anxiety and sexual problems are thought about, diagnosed and treated. Our second paper is currently in the making, and paper three will be based on your collective responses. Some of you may have read about the upcoming changes to the DSM (the manual that many psychologists, psychiatrists and GPs use to diagnose mental disorders). We're hoping that our body of work in this area will contribute another change, in the classification of Depressive and Anxiety Disorders alongside Sexual Dysfunctions. At the moment there is very little recognition in the DSM-IV-TR of all of the shared facets of these disorders, and no recognition of a potential shared underlying factor. The first step is understanding the relationships between the symptoms, and that is what we're all doing here! Looking at the relationships over time will give us a better idea of whether there are any causal relationships going on, or if all the symptom levels fluctuate together.
Understanding these symptoms through a clinical perspective will also help us understand the inverse relationships - that is, how positive mood, relaxation, and a healthy sex life relate to each other over time. In this positive psychology context, our findings will be the first step towards learning new techniques to enhance each of these areas in our lives. The reason I'm telling you all of this is so you can understand the importance, and potential impact, of your participation in this study. We really appreciate the time and energy you commit to this research, and look forward to letting you know what our results teach us about these day-to-day aspects of our lives.
If you have any motivational steam left over after participating in your latest round of responses here, head over to www.centreforemotionalhealth.com to participate in the new "What Worries Australia" Nation Survey.
All the best,