Depression can change the structure of the brain

People who suffer from depression could be at more risk of developing changes in the structure of the brain. The changes are linked to communication and thinking, say researchers.

The changes were found in parts of the brain known as white matter, that help brain cells to communicate with one another by electrical signals.

The disruption of white matter is linked to the ability to deal with emotions and thinking skills. Depression is the world’s leading cause of disability. The signs are low mood, exhaustion and feelings of emptiness.

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