Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Adolescent Depression

According to a report published in the journal Translational Psychiatry: in a pilot study of 28 adolescents, a blood test of 11 genetic markers was able to accurately predict which teens were experiencing normal teenage angst versus clinical depression. If larger studies confirm these results, it may eventually be possible to screen for clinical depression as is currently done for some other conditions such as Diabetes. The open question is whether or not this relates specifically to early onset depression or if researchers would be able to get similar results with older individuals. (

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