Neuroscientists found out what depression is threatening the human brain

Although in common parlance, the word “depression” often refer to the usual Blues, clinical depression is a mental disorder, and sometimes quite serious. A new study has shown that it physically affects the human brain, what until recently was not known.


Experts from the University of Toronto, using positron emission tomography (PET), scientists examined the brains of 25 people who were in depression for more than 10 years, 25 people, suffering from it for less time and 30 people whose clinical depression was not. During the month prior to scanning study participants did not start to take any new drugs, which could have an impact on their brain.

People have long been suffering from depression, the brain has been discovered on average about 30 percent higher level translocating protein generated by the immune cells. Previously it was known that in this way the brain responds to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, but depression, even to those it does not apply, according to new results may in some respects have a similar effect.

Scientists suggest that in the treatment of depression, you should consider how long it lasted, although it is still assumed that the principal role it plays.

The study was published in the journal the Lancet Psychiatry.

It was recently reported about another study on depression. The authors concluded that some diets such as the Mediterranean or designed to prevent hypertension DASH diet, reduce the likelihood of developing this disorder in the elderly. It is also believed that depression can result from the abuse of alcohol or an excessive amount of time devoted to own a mobile phone.

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