|Posted by Amanda LaPera on April 25, 2012 at 8:50 PM|
Imagine being able to detect depression in the same way diabetes is diagnosed--with a blood test.
Early research carried out at Northwestern University in Chicago is evidence that this could eventually become reality. Several distinct markers were present in depressed teens, but those markers were not present in their healthy counterparts.
This study provides hope that, with further corroborating studies, we may be able to squash the stigma surrounding a mental illness diagnosis. It provides hope that the public at large may one day be able accept mental illness for what it really is--a biological illness, no different than heart disease or diabetes.
Read the entire article originally printed in the Los Angeles Times by Melissa Healy, April 17, 2012, and reprinted on the NAMI California website on April 24: http://www.namicalifornia.org/news.php?page=current-news&lang=eng&id=4329 .