Mental Diseases and Neural Connections

03 Apr 2019

Major depressive disorders (MDD) are treated with the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. However, even with their use, almost thirty percent of the patients of severe mental disorders are not relieved. Scientists believe that depression may be caused due to serotonergic circuit in the brain. These scientists have recently found a way to study these circuits by generating these neurons in a lab. Patients of depression and their serotonergic circuits were tested with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and discovered a change in how neurons in the circuit responded based on their shape. This has led researchers to find that there are differences in growth patterns of neurons of patients which may have implications on the disease and its treatment.

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