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Blood test could help Michigan residents with depression

A recent medical innovation might provide a breakthrough for those dealing with depression in Michigan. Medical researchers may have discovered numerous genetic markers that are typically associated with various types of depression in teenagers, and possibly adults. The markers can be identified with a simple blood test. If this testing proves to be accurate, then it could help individuals dealing with a mental condition get the treatment and assistance they need.

According to medical researchers, this type of testing could completely revolutionize the way depression is diagnosed and treated. Rather than solely relying on a patient describing their symptoms, doctors would be able to take a blood sample and pinpoint exactly what they are dealing with.

Moreover, this test could help medical providers distinguish between various types of depression a person may have. Depression can manifest itself in many ways, so understanding the type of depression a person has can help doctors tailor their treatments.

Perhaps one of the most valuable aspects of this potential medical advancement is that it may help the general population understand the realities of depression, a sometimes incapacitating mental condition. Even though it is the 21st century, there is still an overwhelming skepticism regarding many mental conditions. By providing genetic evidence that depression is real, those who suffer from the disorder may feel more embraced by society and willing to go forward with treatments.

The reality is that depression can strike at the most inopportune times. Though many who have been diagnosed with depression are able to live their lives with relative freedom, there are still many people in Michigan who are overcome by the mental and physical effects of depression.

For those who are not able to work regularly due to depression, this test may be helpful when obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, which can be a complicated process. If a person has worked before, but they become incapacitated due to a medical condition, they may be entitled to this type of assistance. At the very least, SSDI can help an individual pay their bills in order to get healthy and re-acclimate back into the working world.

Source: CBS News, "Depression blood test for teens may lead to better treatment, less stigma," Ryan Jaslow, April 17, 2012

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