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