Can the effects of depression be seen in the brain?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Special imaging tests, such as electroencephalography (EEG), can detect the effects of depression in the brain. The tests allow doctors and researchers to study the electrical activity of the brain. The activity of certain parts of the brain, such as those responsible for behavior, appears different in people with depression than in others who aren't depressed.

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