New View of Depression: An Ailment of the Entire Body

by drsjbecker on May 1, 2012

Scientists are increasingly finding that depression and other psychological disorders can be as much diseases of the body as of the mind.

People with long-term psychological stress, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder tend to develop earlier and more serious forms of physical illnesses that usually hit people in older age, such as stroke, dementia, heart disease and diabetes. Recent research points to what might be happening on the cellular level that could account for this.

Scientists are finding that the same changes to chromosomes that happen as people age can also be found in people experiencing major stress and depression.     http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304587704577333941351135910.html?mod=rss_Health

The Wall Street Journal (NY) – by Shirley S. Wang – (Monday, April 9, 2012) –

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