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Early-Life Depression May Alter Brain Development, Study Suggests

The brains of children diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) early in life may develop differently from those of children unaffected by the disorder, suggests a study published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry. Early in childhood, the brain experiences rapid neurogenesis and related increases in gray matter volume, followed by a process of selective elimination and myelination in early puberty, resulting in volume loss and thinning. The findings of the current study suggest that children who experience depression early in life may experience steeper declines in cortical gray matter volume and...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Thursday, 17 December, 2015

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