Depression can change the way a child’s brain work


Depression can change the way a child's brain workA study reveals that the way the brain works in children with depression and those who do not have mental problems are very different. Differences are seen in brain areas which process emotions.

Expected results of this study could point the way to identifying and treat depression in children and prevent problems in the future, this is according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

“This study shows that children exposed to depression really needs good care. We believe this study shows a difference in the brain when children are very young and can lead to problems in the future,” said lead researcher Michael Gaffrey, as reported by the U.S. News (08/07).

The results were obtained after  researchers used MRI to access the brains of 54 children aged four to six years. About 23 children are known to have depression, but no children were taking anti-depression medication.

Children who are depressed have a high activity in the amygdala, the part of the brain that regulates emotion. It is also known at the amygdala indults and adolescents with depression.