Depression is a devastating condition that affects an estimated 350 million people per year. In a recent discovery, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital have found proof that depression may be caused by a DNA gene.
Usually, DNA scanning is involved with finding the biological cause for multiple diseases. But these depression genes have never been found through testing.
Researchers surveyed 300,000 people diagnosed with depression and found fifteen areas of DNA that showed signs of a “depression gene.” In previous research, only two areas were proven to be linked to depression.There will be no change in medication to treat depression because of this new discovery in the near future. But now that scientists can better find the reasoning behind someone’s mood or behavior. New drugs may one day be created to better treat patients suffering from depression.