New blood test suggests depression is an illness, not a state of mind

September 17, 2014 5:07 AM

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A new, simple blood test shows promise in diagnosing depression rapidly, indicating whether treatment is successful, and identifying those who may be predisposed to developing the condition.

Diagnosing depression has remained an inexact science, taking months if not years to come to definitive conclusions. Depression also comes with significant social stigma, and a general notion that depression is a state of mind that its suffers chose to enter persists.

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