According to a study published in the journal, Translational Psychiatry, clinical depression could soon be effectively diagnosed via a blood test.
This simple procedure will help doctors to identify particular molecules in the blood that signify depression, and recommend therapies that will be successful for individual patients.
People who may be vulnerable to depression will be able to have their condition diagnosed even before they experience a depressive episode.
Most significantly however, this groundbreaking test could play an important role in addressing the stigma surrounding depression and getting treatment.
Lead researcher of the study, Eva Redei Ph.D., – a neuroscientist and professor at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, US – said:
“I really believe that having an objective diagnosis will decrease stigma. Once you have numbers in your hand, you can identify that [depression] is an illness – not a matter of will.”
Depression is very…