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Are Blood Tests for Depression, Mental Disorders in the Future?

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“These medical problems can be determined with blood tests, so if using blood tests to determine the cause of someone's depression would give a more accurate diagnosis and treatment, it would be a real step forward,” Block said.

However, a neurotransmitter blood test would not necessarily be accurate, since she said the above conditions can also involve neurotransmitter changes but that does not mean the person being tested has a mental illness. They are depressed as a result of a medical problem.

Sources:

Houchin, Timothy. Email interview. May 6, 2014.
http://www.360mentalhealth.com/about-dr-tim

Block, Mary Ann. Email interview. May 7, 2014.
http://blockcenter.com

Beurkens, Nicole. Email interview. May 7, 2014.
http://www.horizonsdrc.com/staff/nicole-beurkens

Medical University of Vienna. Depression is detectable in the blood. Web. May 7, 2014.
http://www.meduniwien.ac.at/homepage/1/news-and-topstories/?tx_ttnews[tt_news]=4739&cHash=7dc8464850e28387b1f1df64426b8637

Scharinger, Christian and Rabl, Ulrich, et al. PLOS One. Platelet Serotonin Transporter Function Predicts Default-Mode Network Activity. Web. May 8, 2014.
http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0092543#s3

Reviewed May 8, 2014
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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