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A Blood Test to Diagnose Depression in Teens

(4/24/2012)

By Alexandra Sifferlin
TIME
April 17, 2012

Currently, a depression diagnosis in teens relies on their descriptions of symptoms and their physician’s subjective observations. But now a new study suggests there may be a surer, more objective way: a blood test that identifies major depression by looking for a specific set of genetic markers in the blood. The breakthrough could lead to earlier diagnoses that may not only allow for better individualized treatment, but also help to lessen the stigma associated with mental illness.

View the full article: http://healthland.time.com/2012/04/17/a-blood-test-to-diagnose-depression-in-teens/#ixzz1sKKLxJ27


Keywords: blood test, diagnose, depression, teens



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