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Depressed adolescents may have a different brain structure

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).

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Medindia Health News

Related Disease Topics:

  • Depression
  • Brain abnormality
  • Undersized hippocampus

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About: Depressed adolescents may have a different brain structure

Date: 17 January 2005

Source: Medindia Health News


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