Depression in Teens Could Be Diagnosed with Blood Test

Can a psychiatric disorder be diagnosed with a blood test? That may be the future if two recent studies pan out. Researchers are figuring out how to differentiate the blood of a depressed person from that of someone without depression. ... Full Story »

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Caroline Silver
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by Caroline Silver - May. 16, 2012

Knowing some people personally who suffer from depression, I'm not sure if I liked this article. Yes I understand that depression is a serious issue, but what is not so important is diagnosis, but rather treatment, which a lot of it is done through dialectical therapy. I could write an op-ed about what this might do for future treatments for depression in the future, or the new advancements that can occur when medical and psychiatric science is combined. Although I could write an op-ed about the potential advancements in medicine, I could also write a paper about the controversy this could cause. First of all, a lot of people can have the genetic susceptibility of depression, say it runs in their family, but then sometimes they never have it. Plus, wouldn't that blood test till show that they could have it? That is just one example, but I do know that if this science goes further, it will be getting a lot more coverage, because so many Americans have it.

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