Depression: changes to brain reversible

RESEARCH confirming that depression shrinks the hippocampus emphasises the importance of early and effective intervention, particularly in young people, mental health experts say.

By analysing the MRI scans of more than 1700 patients with major depression and 7000 healthy controls, Australian and international researchers have demonstrated the impact that depression has on brain structure.

“The key finding is that the hippocampus shrinks in relation to recurrent and persistent depression, and also is changed in young people,” says