Dr. Mayberg explains if depression is diagnosed using a test.
Well, actually there is no lab test. This is this constellation of symptoms that need to be differentiated from having a bad day, having a bad week. These are signs and symptoms that occur together in these clusters, and that it’s the fact that it’s a pervasive attitude, pervasive and continuous feeling of having these various symptoms that makes the diagnosis of a major depression.
About Dr. Mayberg, M.D., FRCPC:
Helen Mayberg, M.D., FRCPC, if a Professor of Psychiatry Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology from the University of California and her medical degree from the University of Southern California, School of Medicine. Her research concerns the characterization of neural systems mediating mood and emotions in health and disease using functional neuroimaging. Defining brain mechanisms underlying major depression is the primary goal, with an emphasis on development of algorithms that will discriminate patient subgroups, optimize treatment selection, and provide markers of disease vulnerability.
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