Recent Research In Brain Scans Are Distinguishing Bipolar Disorder From Depression

Recent Research In Brain Scans Are Distinguishing Bipolar Disorder From Depression

New research has found that neurons deep inside the brain could hold the key to accurately diagnosing bipolar disorder and depression. The research team used sophisticated MRI scanning to see how the amygdala -- a set of neurons that play a key role in processing emotions -- reacts as a patient processes facial expressions such as anger, fear, sadness, disgust, and happiness. The research showed that this key structure within the brain responds differently depending on whether the person has bipolar disorder or depression. In people with bipolar disorder, the left side of the amygdala is less active and less connected...

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