This is the biggest cause of depression and scientists will use it to create better treatments

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This is the biggest cause of depression and scientists will use it to create better treatments

05/05/2015

Scientists have found a genetic predisposition to clinical depression.

The genetic marker meant a significantly higher risk of depression for adults who also suffered from childhood abuse than those who did not have the predisposition.

A group of researchers from around the world analyzed 2,679 health care patients from 41 different health clinics in seven different Spanish provinces over three years. They also did genetic tests.Those that have low gene function related to neurotrophism and in serotonin transmission were most vulnerable, according to the findings, which were recently published in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience.

“It is an important result, which proves a triple genetic-environmental sort of interaction whose relevance is even more important if we take into consideration that the response to antidepressants appears to be fundamentally mediated through proteins codified by the two genes we have studied,” Blanca Gutiérrez, a professor in the psychiatry department at the University of Granada and the lead coordinator of this study, said in a Yahoo Health report.

“Our results present a fundamental genetic-environmental model to explain this sort of therapeutic response.”Let’s hope that the research helps doctors find even better treatments to help people suffering from depression, no matter what the cause.

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