Signs of recurring depression revealed in brain scans

August 25, 2011

Scott Langenecker, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry, is quoted in a MyHealthNewsDaily article about a new study that shows that the brains of people who relapse into depression differ from those of people who maintain a recovery, as demonstrated through brain imagery.

Researchers at the University of Toronto used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study the brains of 16 people who had successfully completed treatment for major depression, along with 16 people who hadn’t been depressed,and followed them for 18 months.

They found that the areas of the brain that lit up when the formerly depressed people watched a sad movie corresponded with whether the patients ultimately needed more treatment.

Patients who were less likely to relapse had activation in lateral areas of the brain instead. Those patients were about 35 percent less likely to suffer a relapse.

Read the full article on MyHealthNewsDaily.