Shrink­ing brain risk

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

THE area of the brain which forms new mem­o­ries and reg­u­lates emo­tions shrinks in peo­ple with re­cur­ring de­pres­sion, ac­cord­ing to a new study. The find­ings high­light the need to iden­tify and treat de­pres­sion when it first de­vel­ops, par­tic­u­larly in young peo­ple, says Pro­fes­sor Ian Hickie, codi­rec­tor of the Brain and Mind Re­search In­sti­tute at the Univer­sity of Syd­ney. He also says the shrink­age is re­versible. The study, pub­lished in the jour­nal Molec­u­lar Psy­chi­a­try, an­a­lysed brain scans and med­i­cal data.

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