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Researchers have recently discovered that depressed adolescents may have abnormal brain structure. Magnetic resonance imaging found that the hippocampus of depressed adolescents was an average of 17% smaller than those who didn't have depression. They also found that long-term depression sufferers had larger hippocampuses which means that their hippocampus may not necessarily appear smaller in the early stages of depression. The researchers acknowledge that these findings are only very preliminary due to the small size of the study group (30 subjects).
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About: Depressed adolescents may have a different brain structure
Date: 17 January 2005
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