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New Research Overturns Old Assumptions About How to Treat Depression


Published December 8, 2017

Depression is common, and the number of people diagnosed with this disorder increases by 20 percent each year. Sadly, over 80 percent of those afflicted with depression get no treatment. But among those who take antidepressants, many find they don’t work―even after trying multiple prescriptions. Why is depression so difficult to treat? When you have a physical problem, it’s usually possible to link it to a specific cause with reasonable certainty. The cause of depression, however, can’t be identified by x-rays or blood tests or any other determinative method. SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), the most commonly prescribed type of antidepressant, are formulated on the assumption that your brain needs more serotonin and work by stimulating production of this “feel-good” neurotransmitter. But what if the assumption is wrong? New research suggests a different causative factor underlying depression. Could this discovery provide the key to more effective treatments for depression? Read more…

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