Nina Higson-Sweeney

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Nina is a PhD student within the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath. Her PhD research focuses on using mixed methods to further our understanding of fatigue as a symptom of adolescent depression. Nina holds a BSc Psychology and MSc Health Psychology from UWE Bristol, and prior to her PhD conducted research in areas such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), loneliness in children and young people, and sexual violence at universities. Nina’s current research interests include youth mental health (particularly depression, anxiety, OCD, and self-harm), the use of coproduction and lived experience input within research, and mental health in minoritised groups. Nina is also one of the blog coordinators at The Mental Elf, focused on commissioning and editing blogs on topics such as youth mental health, digital mental health, and minorities and inequalities.


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Is anxiety a gateway to other mental health problems? Comorbidities with depression and other anxiety disorders

Results from the current study largely replicated findings from the NESDA dataset in demonstrating that those with comorbid anxiety and/or depression have more severe presentations that anxiety or depression alone.

Nina Higson-Sweeney summarises a study using data from the UK-based GLAD and COPING NBR cohorts to investigate factors associated with anxiety disorder comorbidity with anxiety and depression.

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What factors predict youth mental health service use?


In her debut blog, Oleta Williams writes with Nick Meader and Nina Higson-Sweeney to summarise a secondary analysis of NHS administrative data to identify predictors of mental health service use in children and young people.

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What are the benefits of including young people in mental health research? Findings from interviews conducted by co-researchers


In her debut blog, Melanie Luximon writes with Nina Higson-Sweeney to summarise a recent qualitative study exploring the benefits of involving young people in mental health research.

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Adolescent depression is not the same as adult depression: new systematic review focuses on adolescents’ lived experiences

How are we currently supporting adolescents presenting with depression in clinical practice? Are we tailoring our approach, or are we treating them like mini adults?

Nina Higson-Sweeney reflects on the findings of a recent systematic review looking at the lived experience of adolescent depression, which has important implications for anyone supporting young people at risk of depression.

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