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The paper presents new research results on the pathogenesis of depression and mania and future perspectives on diagnosis and treatment. On the one hand, we know that depression most often develops in the interplay between genes and the environment; and, on the other hand, that depression and mania may be induced suddenly by deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic areas. Ongoing studies aim to identify biomarkers for depression and mania, and results from recent research suggest that neuroticism, abnormal response to the DEX-CRH test, increased frontotemporal serotonine 2A binding, abnormal emotional processing and deceased executive function may be candidates for such biomarkers. These biomarkers may help to improve diagnosis and treatment in the future.
Udgivelsesdato: 2009-Feb
Original languageDanish
JournalUgeskrift for læger
Volume171
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)526-9
Number of pages3
ISSN0041-5782
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Keywords: Biological Markers; Bipolar Disorder; Depressive Disorder; Humans

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