Psychotic vs. Nonpsychotic Depression

Serotonin lights up brain post treatment
Serotonin lights up brain post treatment

An overview

A growing body of research collected through the means of structural magnetic imaging (sMRI) has indicated that structural brain abnormalities exist in patients diagnosed with schizophrenia (Cannon 1994) as well as in patients with affective disorders, such as depression (Lange 2004) and bipolar disorder (Lopez-Larson 2002). Furthermore, Salokangas et al. (2002) report that there are numerous regions of overlap in structural brain abnormality between schizophrenics and individuals with affective disorders. UCLA Undergraduate Studies

Here’s what a brain looks like when it is impaired by non psychotic depression

a depressed brain sans psychosis
a depressed brain sans psychosishttp://www.ep.org.au/images/pet5ht.gif

Visit PET Scan Gallery for more images and for information on diagnosing depression.

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