Test predicts best antidepressant

Australian scientists believe they have identified the biomarkers that will predict the antidepressant most likely to work.

Until now prescribing antidepressants has been a bit hit and miss with most patients unlikely to be successfully treated the first time.

But a new biomarker test is set to change that by informing treatment decisions that will enable clinicians to avoid medication that is likely to fail.

Using MRI technology, the biomarker test can predict those patients who will respond first time to one of three of the most commonly prescribed