Blood Test For Depression - One Step Closer

There is still the endless struggle to “legitimize” mental illness as a MEDICAL disorder. Current research is bringing us one step closer. Here is exciting news in the Los Angeles Times via the journal Translational Psychiatry.

Critical here is this study was conducted on teens. Here’s to stepping up to diagnosing those with predispositions and even distinguishing between different types of depression.
“Even among psychiatric disorders, depression is a difficult disease to diagnose. Its causes remain a mystery, its symptoms can't be defined with precision, and treatments are spotty at best.

But that may soon change. Scientists are looking for ways to identify patients with depression as reliably as they diagnose cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. A new study takes a significant, though preliminary, step in that direction by demonstrating that a simple blood test can distinguish between people who are depressed and those who are not.”
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"Once you have a measurable index of an illness, it's very difficult to say, 'Just pull yourself together,' or 'Get over it,' " said study leader Eva Redei, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. A federal report released last year estimated that as many as two-thirds of the nation's 2 million depressed teens are too embarrassed or ashamed to get help.

Visit this link to read the full article in The Los Angeles Times: Blood Test Looks Promising in Diagnosing Depression
By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
April 17, 2012, 6:39 p.m.