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Depression is 'true neurological disease'

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Depression is a true neurological disease associated with dysfunction of specific brain regions and not simply a consequence of bad lifestyles and psychological weakness, according to researchers.

The study, presented last week at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Congress in Amsterdam, used magnetic resonance imaging to show dysfunction in brain regions among depressed people.

The authors said depression needed to be defined at a neurobiological level in order to improve treatment.

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