Predicting depression in boys

Elevated levels of cortisol in saliva first thing in the morning could be an important biomarker for major depressive disorder in some boys, a study shows.

Currently there is no way to predict at-risk groups of major depressive disorder, but new research has found that that a combination of elevated morning salivary cortisol and self-reported depressive symptoms could help identify those boys and young men most at risk.

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