A recent study suggests a new physical source of depression. This new breakthrough may change the way of treating the depression to an effective one. Also, scientists will be able to understand this disease and its root (physical source).
The new studies at Universities in China and UK
This study was carried out by Professor Jian Feng from Fudan University in Shanghai, Professor Edmund Rolls from Warwick, Dr. Wei Cheng from Fudan University, and by other scientists in China.
Recently, there have been studies held by the University of Warwick in the UK and Fudan University in China suggests that depression has an effect on a specific part of the brain.
This part is called” the lateral orbitofrontal cortex “which reacts to punishment and anger. Therefore, the patients experience a feeling of disappointment.
Additionally, this area (the lateral orbitofrontal cortex) is in contact with another area of the brain, which is responsible for orientation and sense of a person’s self. So, the feeling of disappointment is always associated with a sense of loss and disturbed concentration.
This discovery will definitely facilitate the treatment of this disease by knowing its root.
The results of the study
Professor Feng said, “More than one in ten people in their life time suffer from depression, a disease which is so common in modern society and we can even find the remains of Prozac (a drug for depression) in the tap water in London.”
He continued, “Our finding, with the combination of big data, we collected around the world and our novel methods, enables us to locate the roots of depression, which should open up new avenues for better therapeutic treatments in the near future for this horrible disease,”
After scanning the brains of nearly 910 people in China with a high-precision MRI, they found that 421 were suffering from depression. In contrast, the remaining participants were mentally health.
They noticed that the lateral orbitofrontal cortex is also connected with the area which is associated with one’s sense of self.
These connections may explain why people with depression often have feelings of self-loss and low self-esteem.
this study was recently published in the neurology journal Brain.
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