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Brains of Preschoolers with Depression Visibly Different

Fibro Daily July 4, 2013

New research suggests that the brain structures that regulate emotion in preschoolers work in a visibly different manner in those with depression than those without.

Similar differences in the brain can be found among older children and adults with depression. Measured with an fMRI, these findings provide a way to identify and provide treatment for depressed children early in the illness.

During the study, participants children looked at faces displaying various emotions while in the machine. The study found that all facial expressions caused greater amygdala activity in depressed preschoolers than in their healthy peers, regardless of emotion shown. Typically, the amygdala responds more strongly to negative expressions of emotions.

Read more: Differences Seen In The Brains Of Depressed Preschoolers

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